Centennial rolls, 15-4, gives River Hill first county loss

No. 13 Eagles start fast, end Hawks' 6-game run

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 23, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Centennial boys lacrosse team is pursuing its eighth Howard County championship, and yesterday's 15-4 victory over River Hill moved the Eagles much closer to achieving that goal.

River Hill (6-2 overall, 4-1 league), off to the best start in the school's seven-year history, had won six straight games and was unbeaten in league play.

The No. 13-ranked Eagles (6-3, 5-0), coming off an 11-3 defeat to Mount St. Joseph the day before, were especially hungry for a win.

"It feels like it has been awhile since we had a win, so this was huge for us," said Evan Calvert, a senior midfielder who scored four goals and had three assists. "Losing to Mount St. Joe and Severna Park took its toll on our morale, and this will cheer us up a little during practice."

Centennial dominated the first quarter and put the host Hawks in a 5-0 hole that they never escaped. The Eagles outshot River Hill that quarter 15-2.

Calvert scored twice in first quarter, and Greg Long, Sean Dougherty and Eric Meekins each added a goal in the 5-0 run.

"River Hill is a physical team that always poses a threat, so it wasn't easy," Calvert said. "They forced us to have good ball movement."

The Hawks rallied a bit in the second quarter on back-to-back goals by Tim Morgan and John Kerchensteiner that cut the score to 5-2.

But Calvert stopped the rally by scoring two straight goals, both on underhanded shots inside of 8 yards. Senior attackman Mike Down followed Calvert with two more Eagles goals, one on an assist by Calvert, to put Centennial ahead 9-2.

"We can play when we come to play," Down said. "We were down on ourselves about the loss to St. Joe, but it motivated us."

Centennial outshot River Hill 27-6 in the first half and 44-14 overall.

"That's one of the best public school offensive units in our area," Hawks coach Keith Gonsouland said. "They're a good team and are not the defending county champs for nothing. Their transition offense is as good as you'll see."

Dougherty scored twice in the third quarter for Centennial, and Down, Pat Davis and Peter Kerwin each scored once as the Eagles built a 14-3 lead heading into the final period.

"We played with composure, emotion and intensity, which we haven't done the last couple of games," said Eagles coach Mike Siegert.

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