Centennial tops Hammond

Eagles come from behind, triumph in overtime, 15-14

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 12, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial's Dave Nakasone won a state wrestling championship this year.

Yesterday at Hammond, he put his wrestling agility and quickness to good use by dominating the faceoffs. That success enabled the Eagles to capture a 15-14 come-from-behind overtime victory.

"I won the clamp every time," Nakasone said.

This was the second straight season that Centennial (5-2 overall, 2-0 league) defeated the Bears (6-1, 1-1) by a goal.

"Hammond did a great job on ground balls," Centennial coach Mike Siegert said. "And their extra-man offense killed us. I knew it'd be tough because 47 [P.C. Johnsen] is outstanding and so are 9 [Marty Flaherty] and 11 [Kevin Dietsch]. We were lucky."

The Eagles opened overtime with Andrew Marshall scouping up the loose ball off the faceoff - as he did repeatedly throughout the game.

"We knew they were good enough to beat us and tried not to take them lightly," Marshall said.

Eventually, the ball came to Sean Dougherty on the crease, and he scored just 19 seconds into overtime.

It was the second straight season that Dougherty scored four goals, including the game-winner, against the Bears.

Hammond led for all but two minutes of the game, but never by more than three goals.

Andy Keatts paced the Bears with four goals and four assists, and Flaherty chipped in with five goals.

The Bears led 13-10 with 10:04 to play, and nearly scored again, but Johnsen's shot hit the pipe.

That proved to be a turning point in the game. Centennial scored two straight goals by Evan Calvert and Mike Down.

Pat Peters scored an extra-man goal for the Bears with 6:84 to play, putting the Bears ahead, 14-12.

Sean Dougherty added an extra-man goal for the Eagles with 4:53 to play, and Pat Davis somehow found the net while falling down with 1:56 to play. It created a 14-14 tie.

"We showed we're a legitimate program now," said Hammond coach Dave Griffin. "They [Centennial] are not that much better than us. We're not the zoo on [Route] 32 anymore. We have a lot of pride and have worked hard for this."

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