When Broadneck met Centennial two months ago in a preseason scrimmage, it was a useful workout that helped both boys lacrosse teams prepare for fine seasons.
When they met again yesterday in the Class 3A-4A state semifinals at UMBC, Broadneck left no doubts about which team had made more progress.
Bob Hanna scored five goals and Matt Ploss added four, as the Bruins jumped on Centennial for two quick goals early, rolled to a 9-1 halftime lead, then coasted to a 15-3 rout.
The victory sent Broadneck (15-1) to the 3A-4A final Wednesday at UMBC, where the Bruins will defend their state title against Perry Hall at 6 p.m.
Centennial (13-2), which had a 13-game winning streak and hopes of its first state title in 12 years, saw its season end with a thud.
"We didn't have anybody who looked like he was ready to play," said Centennial coach Mike Siegert. "I thought we could play with them. . . . We knew what their strengths were, and we thought we could stop them, but we didn't."
The Eagles could do nothing to stop Broadneck's potent attack of Hanna, Ploss and John Llengyel, who combined for 11 goals and four assists. They scored seven of their goals in the first half, dTC when the Bruins put on a passing and shooting clinic. Whether in their settled offense or in transition, Broadneck found the open man and took the high-percentage shot. They made nine of 11 shots in the first half.
"We thought it would be a much tougher game," said Hanna.
The Bruins set the tone in the first two minutes of the game, when Jason Hull and Llengyel scored to give Broadneck a 2-0 lead. After Centennial called a timeout to regroup, Broadneck goalie Sam Peterson (12 saves) made the first of several spectacular saves to compound the Eagles' frustration.