In rain, Centennial pours it on Mt. Hebron

11-4 win is third straight for Eagles over Vikings

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 14, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Since 1979, Mount Hebron has dominated boys lacrosse in Howard County by winning 13 county championships. Centennial is second-best with five championships, including two straight.

So yesterday's matchup of the two Ellicott City rivals was more than just an ordinary lacrosse game.

"They're the program we aspire to be," said Eagles coach Mike Siegert.

That aspiration came a bit closer to reality yesterday at Centennial, where the Eagles dominated the Vikings in the mud and the rain, 11-4.

Centennial (3-1 overall, 1-1 Howard County) now has beaten Mount Hebron three straight times.

The Eagles, who lost their opener to county favorite Glenelg, 5-2, were riding the momentum of two victories Saturday at their own tournament, 6-5 over then-No. 15 South Carroll, and 13-2 over Westfield (Va.).

"The tournament was a big confidence-booster," said Eagles junior attackman Alex Ashcroft, who scored three goals and had four assists yesterday. "South Carroll had been undefeated."

Ashcroft scored the third and fourth Centennial goals of the first half, leading the Eagles to a 6-1 halftime lead over Mount Hebron.

"Mount Hebron is our big rival, and we wanted to jump on them fast," Ashcroft said. "We're working together better now after playing horrendous against Glenelg."

Eric Meekins, a captain, also played a major offensive role by scoring four goals, the four-year varsity midfielder's career high.

"It was nice to see Eric have a coming-out party," said Siegert, whose team has lost its top offensive threat, Brennan Dougherty, to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Meekins scored the first two goals of the game, giving the Eagles a lead after one quarter.

"I like playing in the mud because the game becomes more physical," Meekins said. "We thought this would be a closer game, but we were more fired up than usual because they are our cross-town rivals."

Centennial goalkeeper Nick Kellinger made nine saves.

"Nick made a couple of nice saves early in the game, and our first two shots went in," said Siegert. "And momentum is everything."

The defense of Nick Angle, Steve Zonarich and Mike Condran helped out Kellinger.

Mount Hebron (1-4, 1-1) has stumbled since opening with a 13-5 win over Atholton, losing, 15-4, to Mount St. Joseph after being tied 4-4 at halftime, losing, 11-10, to Northeast and falling, 9-7, to C. Milton Wright, the last two opponents in Saturday's Case Memorial tournament.

The Vikings lack midfield depth.

"Their midfield definitely looked tired," said Ashcroft.

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