Centennial staves off Mt. Hebron in four OTs

Stumpf's goal caps rally, sends Eagles into final

3A-2A North boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 18, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sam Stumpf averted an upset and completed a remarkable comeback for Centennial with a golden goal in the fourth overtime of the Class 3A-2A North region boys lacrosse semifinal at Mount Hebron yesterday.

Stumpf's fourth goal gave the Eagles an 8-7 win that sent them to tomorrow's final at 3:45 against Fallston at Centennial.

The goal came off an unsettled situation.

"It took me by surprise," said Stumpf. "My brother [Jon] flicked it up to me and their guy didn't slide and I put it in right-handed from 12 yards out."

It was his 54th goal this season and 74th point.

The Eagles (13-3) had beaten Mount Hebron earlier this season, 11-4, and were not expecting the kind of outstanding effort that Mount Hebron delivered.

"They played great extra-man pressure on the perimeter," said Eagles coach Mike Siegert. "We had at least 10 extra-man situations and only scored off one of them. It was a shame either team had to lose. We just got lucky at the end."

Mount Hebron went up 2-0 and then fell behind 3-2 and 5-4 at halftime.

The Vikings (8-8) then went up 7-5 with three third-quarter goals before Centennial rallied to tie on two late goals - a left-handed shot by Eric Meekins with 3:13 left in regulation and a goal by Eric Evans with 2:21 to go.

Centennial goalkeeper Nick Kellinger made three outstanding saves in the third overtime and another one in the fourth overtime before Stumpf's winning shot.

"We're not used to being down, but we just stuck together and showed a lot of heart," said Kellinger.

Vikings coach Tom Minard said: "I can't ever think of playing in or coaching a game like this. This is what high school sports is all about."

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