Centennial wakes up, rolls, 19-2 Boys lacrosse

May 15, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

For 15 minutes yesterday, Mike Siegert fumed from the sidelines while watching his Centennial lacrosse players make sloppy passes, lethargically chase ground balls and generally perform unlike a playoff team.

With 6:11 left in the first half and his Eagles leading Northwestern by two goals, Siegert called a timeout and fired off an angry message. The Eagles must have listened.

For the rest of the afternoon at Poly, Centennial showered overmatched Northwestern with an offensive barrage and rolled to a 19-2 victory in a Class 4A-3A, Region I semifinal.

The victory, Centennial's 13th straight, sends the Eagles (13-1) to Tuesday's regional final at home against South Carroll, a 13-7 winner over Poly in the other semifinal.

Eight players scored for the Eagles. Sixteen goals were assisted. Rob Hauff led the way with four goals and five assists. Greg Matschat had four goals. Tony Harding scored three goals and added three assists. Werner Krueger and Dave Saunders each had two goals and two assists.

Once the Eagles started clicking, Northwestern (7-3) -- which dressed only 14 players -- could do little to stop them. After Siegert's second-quarter timeout, Centennial reeled off five goals to take a 7-0 halftime lead. They quickly extended the lead to 9-0, then 12-1 at the end of the third period.

Still, Siegert was bothered by the Eagles' flat performance during the first half.

"I don't know why we didn't come ready to play. We had a great week of practice," Siegert said. "We didn't get our transition game going, and it looked like we were slow in the first quarter."

Northwestern, which was missing attackman Timothy Isaacs (team-high 28 assists), was pretty much stuck in the "off" position. Jason Hubbard and Sadique Allison scored for the Wildcats. Goalie Thadeus Reyer made 14 saves.

"Having him [Isaacs] wouldn't have made a difference, but we'd have been able to control the ball a little more so our middies wouldn't have gotten killed," Northwestern coach John Baumann said.

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