Centennial rallies by Fallston, 8-7, in 3A-2A North

Eagles overcome 6-1 hole

Dulaney, Westminster roll

Regional boys lacrosse finals

High Schools

May 20, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Centennial juniors Alex Ashcroft and Sammy Stumpf said the impetus for the Eagles' six-goal comeback to reach the boys lacrosse state tournament came from coach Mike Siegert's halftime pep talk.

Siegert didn't want any credit at all, saying, "It's simple. The kids decided that they wanted to play."

There was no disputing the result in yesterday's Class 3A-2A North final in Ellicott City. Stumpf scored four times and then assisted on Ashcroft's game-winner with 4:08 to play as the Eagles downed Fallston, 8-7, in a game marred by a post-game verbal altercation between the referees and some fans.

Centennial (13-3) erased a 6-1 deficit -- the Eagles trailed by four at halftime -- to tie the score, and then after Ross Novak gave the Cougars a 7-6 lead, Jonathan Stumpf and Ashcroft scored to help the Eagles capture their third regional title in four years.

Centennial will play at Urbana either tomorrow or Saturday in Frederick County.

"It was a good pep talk," said Sammy Stumpf, who is nearing Centennial's single-season goal scoring mark. "[Siegert] basically just told us that we either had it or we didn't."

Added Siegert: "We threw the challenge at the kids and told them that at the end of the game, they're going to have to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they all gave it their best. It was very clear in the first half that we didn't give it our best effort."

Ashcroft's goal, a low shot past Cougars senior Travis Masenoir, came on an extra-man situation. Before the goal, Centennial was 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

"My adrenaline was pumping so much that I really wasn't thinking," said Ashcroft. "I just caught it and shot."

Behind two goals each from Dave Frampton and Ryan Smith, Fallston (13-4) took the 6-1 advantage, but the Eagles started controlling faceoffs and winning the majority of the groundballs.

Sammy Stumpf had three goals, one that tied the game at 6-6, in a third quarter that saw the Eagles outshoot Fallston 15-2 and win all five faceoffs.

"It was ground balls, faceoffs, possessing the ball, and we also had trouble clearing," said Cougars junior defender Kevin Goedeke. "But we thought we were going to win until the final whistle."

Eagles senior goalie Nick Kellinger made the last of his 10 saves on Steve Bosse with 2:05 to go.

When the referees were leaving the field after the game, they were confronted by several vocal Fallston supporters. Howard County police were called in and took reports from both parties, but whether any charges will be filed was unclear.

No. 9 Dulaney 25, Parkville 3: The visiting Lions (14-2) moved to the state semifinals for the 10th straight season after ripping the Knights (11-7).

No. 15 Westminster 17, Damascus 5: The top-seeded and host Owls (15-0) broke things open with five unanswered goals in the second quarter of their 4A-3A final against the Hornets.

Mike Brown and Matt Duke combined for four of the five scores in the second. Brown finished with a game-high five goals. Duke added four. Goalkeeper Ben Huber made 10 saves. The Owls play Walter Johnson Saturday in a state semifinal.

Glenelg 14, Atholton 0: Shea Conway had four goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded and visiting Gladiators to victory in the 2A-1A North final. Matt Nicola added three goals and an assist, and Greg Conway had three assists for Glenelg.

Northeast-Anne Arundel 13, Leonardtown 12: Ryan Peacock scored the game-winner with 1:21 left in overtime, leading the visiting fifth-seeded Eagles to the 3A-2A East championship after they surrendered a two-goal lead in the final six minutes of regulation. Second-seeded Leonardtown forced overtime by scoring with 40 seconds left in regulation.

Pikesville 17, Sparrows Point 2: Micah Pine scored 35 seconds into play, and the host, second-seeded Panthers (14-3) earned the 2A-1A South title and their third trip to the state playoffs in four years.

The 2001 state champions will play the Park-Kent County winner in the state semifinals. Senior attackman Yoni Meyer had five goals to bring his season total to 38. Sophomore attackman Steven Plimack added four.

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