Centennial dismisses Mt. Hebron

13-1 victory illustrates how times have changed

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 05, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron almost always has been the team to beat in Howard County boys lacrosse.

But No. 9 Centennial, defending Howard County and Class 2A-1A state champions, proved last night at Johns Hopkins that the Eagles have surpassed the defending Class 3A-2A state champion Vikings for the second straight season.

Centennial delivered a 13-1 whipping to their Ellicott City neighbors, who still hold a 20-12 edge over the Eagles in games played between the two schools.

The lopsided Eagles victory was something of a payback for a 17-4 drubbing delivered by Mount Hebron to Centennial three seasons ago, when most of this year's seniors were sophomores.

"We remembered," said Evan Calvert, a senior midfielder who scored two goals and had three assists. "But we never expected to 10-goal Mount Hebron tonight. We were a little nervous coming in."

Centennial (4-1 overall, 3-0 Howard County) did not appear nervous. Its prolific offense quickly put four goals on the scoreboard and never looked back.

"This year we think we're not just the best team in Howard County, but one of the best teams in the state," said senior attackman Sean Dougherty, who scored 59 goals last season, including a state-record nine in the state championship game. He scored five goals and had one assist last night, despite spraining his ankle in the opening minutes.

"You would have to have hogtied him to get him off the field in this one," Eagles coach Mike Siegert said.

Centennial's only loss this season was to No. 7 McDonogh, 6-4. And on Wednesday the Eagles battled back from three goals down to beat Broadneck in overtime.

"The core of our offense has been together since sophomore year so we've matured together," said Dougherty. "The offense is like a work of art. We're all molded together."

Mount Hebron (1-4, 1-1) has a young team that is struggling. The Vikings beat Atholton, normally not a Howard County power, by just one goal Thursday.

"We played a whole lot better today than Thursday," said Vikings coach Tom Minard. "Centennial is a very good team. I'm happy about the way we played."

Mike Down, another senior Eagles attackman, scored three goals. And Pat Davis, a senior midfielder, had three goals and had one assist.

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