Centennial holds back Glenelg, 9-7

Calvert-led three-goal run in third offsets letdown

Boys lacrosse

April 24, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A big win is often followed by a letdown.

That was Centennial coach Mike Siegert's fear as his Eagles, coming off Friday's emotional victory over arch rival Mount Hebron, faced Glenelg yesterday.

Siegert was right. There was a letdown. But it wasn't enough of one to prevent the Eagles from nipping the Gladiators, 9-7.

"We were flat, didn't come up with ground balls and forced shots," Siegert said. "We stunk in practice Monday, and it carried over. But what really upset me is that we didn't play with passion. It's a gift to be able to be involved in athletics, and it kills me when we sleepwalk."

The game was tied 6-6 with 3:14 left in the third quarter, following a goal by Glenelg's Josh Burford.

"We had them on the ropes," said Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid "It came down to a couple of possessions here and there, and a couple of quality saves by their goalkeeper. They got possession on a couple of faceoffs at the end and did some smart things."

Evan Calvert, who scored two goals and had four assists, saved the day for Centennial.

Following Burford's goal, he took command by assisting on a Pat Davis goal with 2:17 left in the third period. Then he scored with 1:17 to go in that quarter. Finally, he assisted on Sean Dougherty's goal with seven seconds remaining to give the Eagles (8-2, 6-0 league) a 9-6 lead heading into the final quarter.

Calvert wasn't surprised by the stiff challenge from Glenelg (7-3, 3-1).

"We know that their goalkeeper [Ward Odenwald] is solid because he used to go here," Calvert said. "They played us solid everywhere, and outhustled us on ground balls."

Odenwald, a freshman, made 12 saves. He attended Centennial to start this school year but transferred after his family moved.

Beall thought his team lost because of its inability to finish.

"In the last four minutes we had two shots in front of the goal that you have to finish to beat a team like Centennial," he said.

One of those missed shots followed a long pass that set up a Glenelg player's one-on-one with the goalkeeper; no other defender was within 10 yards.

"This game proved to me that we have a good team," Kincaid said. "We'll see them again in the playoffs."

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