First it was an 11-6 loss to No. 1 Roland Park.
"That was our best game," said Becca Armiger, last year's leading scorer on Centennial's lacrosse team.
Then came a 20-14 defeat to Fallston.
"We had that game, but we just gave up," Armiger said. "We just lost our enthusiasm."
Finally, and worst of all, a 15-2 loss to St. Agnes.
"That was embarrassing," Armiger said. "One goal a half. It's ridiculous."
The Eagles returned 10 players with starting experience, including their top three scorers, from last year's 12-2 team. They expected to challenge Mount Hebron for the county title. That still could happen, but at 1-3, the Eagles need to play better.
"There is absolutely no explanation for this to be happening," said coach Gail Purcell. "They have the ability, but lack the focus."
Armiger said the practices have gone well, but once the team gets in a game things deteriorate.
"It just falls apart once we get on the field," said Armiger. "We can't pass and catch during the game. The attack makes stupid mistakes. We're not playing like a team that has players on it that have been together for three years. It's frustrating."
Purcell said one problem has been inconsistency.
"My attack and defense don't show up on the same day," Purcell said. "If they ever show up at the same time, this team will have to be reckoned with. It comes down to heart and desire."
Centennial's field hockey and girls soccer teams started 0-2 last fall and finished with state championships. With the open playoff system, no one on the lacrosse team is about to give up.
"I think we can get it together. I think we'll come out of this OK," said Gina Dinisio, who was on the soccer team.
"We can turn it around," said Armiger, who was on the field hockey team. "I think we'll play better Monday [at South Carroll]."
Atholton wins tourney
Atholton defeated Howard, 1-0, to win its softball tournament yesterday.
"It was a great game," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi, whose team beat Riverdale Baptist, 6-1, in the opener. "It was very well played. There were great defensive plays from both teams."
Howard (3-1) threw out two Atholton players at the plate. The Raiders (5-1) also threw out a Howard player at the plate.
"Both teams did really well," said Atholton's Holly Gick, who pitched both games. "The two teams are very well matched."
Rachel Grantham pitched both games for Howard.
Atholton got three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a game-winning hit from Merritt Mauck, to beat Mount de Sales, 7-6, in the opener.
Waiting for first win
The softball teams at Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake and Hammond have had a tough start.
The Scorpions are 0-3 and have been outscored 44-0. Hammond is 0-3 and has been outscored 36-4, and the Wildecats are 0-2 and have been outscored, 28-6.
Lions look good
Members of Howard's girls track team fared well last week at the Colonial Relays at William and Mary. Donna Mullings was second in the long jump (18-2) and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Tominka Howard, Mullings, Wanda Elledge and Susan Mancho finished fourth (48.85) in the 4 x 100. Mullings, Howard, Mancho and Coleen Parker took fourth (4: 05.2) in the 4 x 400.
Pub Date: 4/12/96