Despite Eagles' 16-1 loss, Centennial coach soaked

Appreciation is motive, as Mt. Hebron advances

Class 1A-2A girls lacrosse

May 14, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

As Centennial coach Michele DeJuliis gathered her team together for the post-game talk, junior Donna Boccuzzi lifted the large cooler of ice and tried to empty its contents on her coach. Some hit the coach. Most landed harmlessly on the ground.

Goalie Danielle Martin had better luck with a container of water, however, and DeJuliis got soaked. Everyone smiled and laughed.

Visiting Centennial lost its Class 1A-2A South playoff game yesterday to top-ranked Mount Hebron, 16-1. But for a moment, it didn't seem to matter.

DeJuliis is leaving after one season at Centennial to become a Baltimore police officer, but the players wanted to show, in a wet kind of way, their appreciation.

"I had a great time with girls," said DeJuliis. "They worked hard for me. I think we grew closer as the season went on, and we're a pretty tight group. It's sad that it's over."

DeJuliis, an All-American lacrosse player at Loch Raven and Penn State, said she didn't like "losing by that many goals. But it's Hebron. And if you're going to lose, you might as well lose to the best."

Mount Hebron (15-0), in pursuit of its seventh state title in eight years, got four goals from Lauren Kickham en route to a 12-1 halftime lead. And unlike last week, when the Vikings didn't score in the first six minutes of an 18-2 win over Centennial, Mount Hebron scored early this time.

"We wanted to come out strong, and to do that everybody had to step it up, which they did," said Kickham.

Said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson: "We've executed better in the past, but the effort and intensity [were] really good. They played hard."

Robinson also said the only team that could beat the Vikings in the playoffs would be themselves.

"We're the most talented team left on our schedule," he said. "If we play up to our abilities, we shouldn't lose."

Alyssa Trocher added three goals and Bridget Frande, Stephanie Scurachio and Melissa McCarthy each had two goals for Mount Hebron.

Centennial's lone score came from Nicole Simon. The Eagles (8-7), who have been without senior captain Alexia Vogler (stress fracture) for a few weeks, suffered another blow early in yesterday's game, when Caitlin Marshall went out with a sprained right ankle. She iced it and had it taped at halftime and played the second half.

Gail Purcell, Centennial's athlete director and assistant coach, also was injured midway through the second half. Purcell, standing on the sideline, bent down to pick up the ball after it rolled out of bounds. Players from both teams, however, couldn't stop, and ran into her. Purcell's head was pushed back into her shoulder.

"This game caused me a lot of headaches," said Purcell, who sat on the team bench after the collision and later said that her neck was hurting.

Martin played well in goal, saving 12 shots.

Class 3A-4A

Wilde Lake outscored visiting Bel Air, 8-4, in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a poor first half as the Wildecats lost, 13-9, in a Class 3A-4A North region game. Stephanie Ford and Emily Sawyer each had three goals for Wilde Lake (3-10).

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