Goldman, Mt. Hebron top Centennial, Senior scores six goals as Vikings stay unbeaten

18-4

Boys lacrosse

High schools

April 14, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Georgetown-bound Neal Goldman eagerly anticipated his senior-year battle with arch-rival Centennial. And the game lived up to his expectations.

Goldman scored six goals, leading a well-balanced Vikings offense to an 18-4 victory over the previously unbeaten Eagles yesterday at Mount Hebron.

No. 10 Mount Hebron (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) dominated every facet of the game against Centennial (5-1, 3-1) except faceoffs.

"They gave us a lesson in all aspects," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. "Defense. Ground balls. I thought we'd have more success on offense, but we stood around too much and didn't play to our capabilities. But Mount Hebron's a very good lacrosse team. They were prepared, and we didn't come ready."

Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said he didn't have to do much to get his team ready.

"They always come ready for Centennial," he said.

Said Goldman: "Centennial is always our biggest game. We didn't know what to expect, but our goal is always to dominate both halves, and we did that."

Mike Selawski, Jon Machiran and Franklin Berry each scored three goals, and Berry also had one assist. Tom Tittsworth, Jimmy Cooke and Justin Waagbo scored the other goals.

"This was a game for bragging rights," said Selawski, a 6-foot-4 left-handed attackman. "And it gave us good momentum going into Carthage."

The Vikings will play Carthage, N. Y., tomorrow as they continue a crucial 10-day stretch of their schedule.

Midfielder Andy Murray was a shining light for Centennial, scoring two goals and getting one assist while playing well on faceoffs.

"Murray did a real nice job for them," Doolan said. "Our attack matched up well on their defense. We felt free to go on their short sticks anytime. Our defense did well, and Dan [Valente] had a great game in goal. The only thing about winning by this margin is that I'm afraid we might lose our focus."

Goldman scored the game's first two goals at 7: 43 and 6: 14 of the first quarter.

Murray scored for Centennial at 6: 07, briefly making it a competitive contest at 2-1.

But the Vikings reeled off nine straight goals to lead 11-1. Centennial scored twice on goals by Jim Fisher and Murray to trail 11-3 at halftime.

Goalkeeper Mike Schmidt made seven saves for Centennial despite his struggling defense.

"There's still a long way to go in this season," Siegert said.

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