Centennial flies by Hammond, 14-4

Eight-goal second-half run carries Eagles to easy win

Girls lacrosse

April 23, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial played the second half of its game at Hammond yesterday a little differently than the first 25 minutes.

"We were definitely playing more as a team," said junior midfielder Caitlin Marshall. "We were helping each other out."

The result was swift and effective. The Eagles scored eight unanswered second-half goals and pulled away to a 14-4 victory.

"Everyone did their job in the second half and it paid off," said Centennial goalie Danielle Martin.

Hammond, trailing 6-4 at halftime, won the draw to begin the second half. But Centennial (5-4 overall, 4-0 county) got the ball back and Angie Barahona scored 2: 43 into the half. From that point on Centennial controlled draws and the game.

"We came out ready to play in the second half," said senior captain Alexia Vogler, who had two goals and two assists in the second half. "Caitlin was getting all the draws and that turned the game around for us."

Less then a minute after Barahona's goal, Vogler scored. Centennial put the game away with six goals in a span of just over four minutes. From 15: 27 to 11: 06 remaining, the Eagles got two goals each from Melissa Dugan and Kim Emrich and single scores from Vogler and Marshall.

"This win is huge because it's a big rivalry," said Centennial coach Michele DeJuliis, who added that her team responded positively after a disappointing effort Tuesday against Long Reach. "I was glad to see the girls pull it out."

Emrich finished with four goals, Vogler had three and Marshall and Dugan had two each.

Centennial got solid defensive efforts from Donna Boccuzzi, Meghan McDonald, Alison Woods, Dugan and Paige Heller.

Said Martin: "We played great defense. They made it very easy for a goalie."

Hammond (3-4, 2-2) was in the game at halftime, and that's what made its second-half collapse so surprising.

"We had an awesome first half. We were right with them," said Hammond senior Mandy Schroeder, who had two goals. "I don't know what happened in the second half. We fell apart.

"I'm so angry. We shouldn't have lost by that many goals. We're a much better team then we showed. It's very disappointing."

Pub Date: 4/23/99

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