S. Dougherty attains goal for Centennial

Junior beats Southern-AA for title by scoring 9 times

Class 2A-1A state boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 22, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The idea Centennial junior Sean Dougherty brought to UMBC Stadium last night was simple: Make a contribution to help the boys lacrosse team win the Class 2A-1A state title.

And, boy, did he ever.

Dougherty found space in front, teammates then found Dougherty and he in turn found the cage -- again and again -- establishing a state record for goals in a championship game with nine to lead the No. 15 Eagles to a dominating 16-6 victory over Southern of Anne Arundel County.

A special night for the Eagles (16-2), who captured their second state title by winning their 14th straight game, was heightened by the finishing showcase provided by Dougherty, who surpassed the mark of seven goals set last season by Pikesville's Jesse Schwartzman.

"I was just hoping to score a goal or two and contribute to help our team win a state title," said Dougherty, who finished with a team-high 59 goals on the season. "I didn't know until they announced it after the [eighth] goal. It was exciting."

The Eagles of Howard County took care of things early. Down 2-1, they scored seven straight goals in a 14-minute span to take control, and when Dougherty scored his record-tying seventh goal with 5:59 left in the second quarter, they were well in control, taking a 10-3 lead into halftime.

The only questions left were when would Dougherty set a new standard and how many would he add to it. Just 1:07 into the third quarter, he took a feed from Tim Lane and buried a shot low to beat Southern goalie Cory Dunlap for his eighth goal. Dougherty's final goal, which tied a Centennial record set by Joe Iannarano in 1997, came late in the third quarter.

"It's pretty impressive and kind of unheard of in a situation like this, a championship game against a quality team," said Centennial coach Mike Siegert. "There's just no way you can anticipate something like this. It's a special moment, something unique -- that's what we saw tonight."

There was plenty of help, particularly from junior Mike Down, who connected with Dougherty on three of his six assists to go with one goal of his own. Evan Calvert and Brennan Dougherty both added two goals and an assist for the Eagles, who advanced to the final with a 7-6 victory over defending state champion Pikesville. Centennial won its first title in 1998.

The Bulldogs (14-5) lost in the state final for the second straight season.

Goals: C--Calvert 2, S. Dougherty 9, B. Dougherty 2, Cardoni, Davis, Down; S--Rogers 2, D. Witt, S. Witt, Boerum 2. Assists: C--Davis 3, Down 6, B. Dougherty 2, Lane, Calvert; S--D. Witt 2, Sparcino. Saves: C--Whitehurst 6, Nakasone 2; S--Dunlap 9. Half: C, 10-3.

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