Centennial gets 1st win over Bears in 3 years

Renzi powers Eagles with 4 goals, 5 assists

Girls lacrosse

High School

April 12, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Feel free to start calling the Centennial girls lacrosse team The Young and the Relentless. After yesterday's performance, they've certainly earned it.

Though the Eagles field a lineup that has only three seniors, they got big-time performances from junior Kelly Renzi and freshman Chelsea Parks to easily blow by Hammond, 15-5, at home, giving Centennial its first win over the Golden Bears in three years.

"Last year, Hammond beat us twice in really close games," Renzi said. "We had a long time to think about that. We looked at this like it was our No. 1 game this year. To come out and beat them by 10 is just amazing."

More amazing was the fact that Hammond (3-4 overall, 1-1 in county) didn't even score in the second half. At intermission, the Eagles (4-3, 2-0) led only 7-5 and it looked like the two rivals would be in for another close finish. But Centennial's attack, made up of mostly sophomores and juniors, was ferocious in its pursuit of the ball, forcing turnovers and turning them into scores countless times.

Renzi seemed to be the catalyst in every scoring chance, racking up four goals and five assists on the day, all despite a big lump above her left eye, which came courtesy of an errant Hammond stick to the head.

"It didn't feel too great, but whatever," Renzi said. "You just have to play through that."

Renzi did sit down for a few minutes to administer some ice, but as it turned out, it simply gave Parks an opportunity to take over the game. The already polished freshman scored four goals - including three straight during a six-minute stretch to start the second half - and won numerous ground balls at midfield. "It's been really exciting, but it's still a learning experience for me every game," said Parks.

Junior Natalie Degele and senior Carey McCrone also added two goals each for the Eagles.

The Golden Bears looked great at times - Jen Osborne and Lindsay Buckingham each had two first-half goals - but dropped more balls than coach Emily Petrlik cared to count.

"Dropping the ball has been a problem for us all year," Petrlik said. "We can get away with it against bad teams, but not against Centennial. We've got a lot of great athletes, but we're just not dedicated to doing things the right way right now."

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