Centennial weathers storm, then Pikesville to move onward, 7-6

Eagles avenge '01 loss to defending state champs

Class 2A-1A boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It took almost a year, and a weather delay, but Centennial's boys lacrosse team finally got revenge against Pikesville.

The Eagles dethroned the defending Class 2A-1A state champion Panthers, 7-6, in a state semifinal yesterday at CCBC-Catonsville. Centennial will meet Southern-Anne Arundel for the state title at 6 p.m. Tuesday at CCBC-Catonsville.

Evan Calvert scored two goals for Centennial (16-2), winner of 13 straight, and Dan Whitehurst posted nine of his 11 saves in the second half. Scott McDowell had two scores for Pikesville (13-5).

The Panthers handled Centennial, 14-7, in the state semifinals last season. Lightning and rain Friday evening suspended the semifinal with the Eagles holding a 6-4 advantage with 3:34 left in the third quarter.

"It's tough to maintain that same intensity level," Calvert said. "Right before the storm last night [Friday], we had a lot of momentum, going up two goals. Before the game, we had to re-create what we were feeling and come out and play as tough as we needed to."

The Eagles needed every ounce to hold off the defending state champ in the continuation of the second half. Pikesville outshot Centennial 22-10 in the second half for a 33-31 margin and claimed 10 of 16 faceoffs.

The Panthers got within 6-5 on a score from junior Micah Pine with eight seconds remaining in the third period. Centennial responded when attackman Sean Dougherty took a pass from Mike Down and put an overhead shot past goalie Jesse Schwartzman (14 saves).

Caleb Miller scored with six seconds left in the game, bringing Pikesville back to within one, but time elapsed after the faceoff.

"We were prepared to play our kind of lacrosse for 15 minutes: Play smart and move without the ball," said Panthers coach Tano Arrogancia. "It showed for two goals; the rest of the game we couldn't get it."

Said Centennial coach Mike Siegert: "They're trying to walk that fine line between being patient and enthusiastic. Once they [Pikesville] got that goal, we saw it was definitely a battle and we better start playing more intensely."

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