Hauff gives Centennial old-style effort

May 09, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Seventeen-year Centennial coach Mike Siegert describes junior midfielder Rob Hauff as "a throwback."

Hauff puts the team before himself, comes ready to play or practice every day, even with nagging injuries, and stays late after practice.

Hauff doesn't make fashion statements. He doesn't wear jewelry and doesn't care about what kind of practice clothes he wears.

So when Siegert needed help at midfield this season, he knew that Hauff would be willing to make a sacrifice for the chance to lead his team to a second straight county championship.

The Eagles clinched a tie for the title Friday with a win against Howard.

"He accepted the shift from attack to midfield with no fuss," Siegert said. "He'd play goalkeeper if we needed him there."

Hauff scored 42 goals and had 52 assists as an attackman last season and set single-season school records for goals, assists and points.

He started playing lacrosse in seventh grade and had never played midfield.

"Midfield is interesting, and I'm always learning," Hauff said. "The first year at a new position is always the hardest.

"I had to learn to play defense, which you don't have to do on attack," he said. "And there's a lot more running at midfield, but Mr. Siegert made sure he got me in shape for that."

Siegert said: "We start every practice with an aerobic run, and he's always first in every sprint.

"He has great speed once he gets rolling and is probably more suited to play midfield in college," he said. "He doesn't have the exceptional quickness needed to play attack at a top-level college."

Siegert is sure Hauff will get ample attention from colleges next season because of his size, speed, intelligence and character.

"It's a nice combination when you are the strongest and fastest player on your team," Siegert said.

Hauff is 5 feet 11 and weighs 190 pounds.

He plays linebacker and fullback in football, where he gained 350 yards but was used mostly as a blocking back. Hauff works hard in the weight room.

He also has worked hard to master the technique of facing off. He has won 77 of 125 and is Centennial's key faceoff man.

"It takes technique and strength and was difficult at first," Hauff said. "I'm still learning."

Hauff is the team's only captain, and if he seems to play like a senior instead of a junior, it may be because he's started on varsity since his freshman season, when he scored 10 goals and had six assists.

He's played the past four games with a sore ankle but he refuses to sit out even a practice.

"He doesn't bellyache if something is hurting, and I tried to get him to take it easy at practice but couldn't," Siegert said.

Even though Hauff guards the opposing team's best midfielder, he has reached double figures in ground balls every game this season and leads the team with 115.

Hauff's scoring is way down this season. He has 17 goals and 14 assists, but is only four assists away from the school career record.

Hauff said he thinks his best game this season was against West Chester (Pa.) East, when he scored two goals and had three assists in an overtime defeat.

He has been invited to the Top 205 Lacrosse Camp this summer at Loyola College. It will be four days of games and a chance for college coaches to scout players.

In addition to football and lacrosse, he plays basketball.

Although he took last winter off from basketball to concentrate on lifting weights, he plans to play again next season.

"He's the kind of kid that comes around only once in awhile, and we're just glad we noticed that when he was a freshman so we can have him for four years," Siegert said.

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