Carr, Centennial too hot for S. Carroll

March 24, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

There wasn't much for Centennial boys lacrosse coach Mike Siegert to complain about yesterday.

The weather was great, his Eagles were as hot in the second quarter as the mid-80-degree temperatures and the final score, a 13-5 romp over South Carroll, was impressive.

Opening days aren't usually so easy for a coach.

Siegert had the perfect combination going for his team late in the first quarter and in the second quarter when the Eagles rallied from a 1-0 deficit for a 9-2 halftime lead.

That unbeatable combo was a hot goalkeeper -- junior Brian Carr -- and a relentless scoring attack.

Carr ignited the Centennial run with three super saves against the fast-starting Cavaliers, turning the momentum toward the home team and its three outstanding attackmen, Jeff Iannarico, David Saunders and Bryan Rowe.

Iannarico began the Eagles' 9-1 run when he tied the game at one with 1:42 left in the first quarter on a goal off a feed from Saunders.

Iannarico would go on to score two more goals and contribute one assist before halftime, and Saunders scored two goals and had two more assists in the Centennial game-breaking surge.

Rowe had two goals in the run that left South Carroll dazed at halftime.

Iannarico and Saunders didn't score in the second half, leaving Iannarico with three goals and one assist and Saunders with two goals and three assists. Rowe added a goal in the second half for three in the game.

Midfielders Joe Lowrance and Mike Shackelford each scored two goals for the winners, and Rob Hauff scored one. Carr finished with 16 saves.

"Brian made three critical saves early for us," said Siegert. "And that took a lot of sting out of them and got us going. I was surprised at the final score because South Carroll is always solid. I guess the difference was we have 11 guys back from last season and that always helps in a season opener."

South Carroll outshot the winners, 26-25, but it didn't mean much to Cavaliers coach Jeff Alisauckas, who was making his head coaching debut yesterday after being an assistant the past two years.

"We weren't getting the ground balls late in the first quarter and ++ in the second quarter when they went on that tear," said Alisauckas. "Butour defense picked it up in the second half, especially Josh Rockwell who did a great job."

Alisauckas promised that his team would get better before the season is over.

"We only had one scrimmage before we played and that doesn't help," he said. "Centennial had two scrimmages and that was important for them."

South Carroll junior attackman Tom Luster had two assists, but he was held scoreless.

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