Hebron halts hex of 5 years

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Mount Hebron attackman Tommy Incontrera and his teammates have turned yellow - in terms of the uniforms they wear - as a show of confidence, the senior says.

"I came up with the idea this summer, but others didn't want to do it at first," said Incontrera, whose No. 13 Vikings abandoned the traditional black-and-white uniform. "It wasn't about being cocky as much as wanting to try something different for our confidence."

The changes paid off last night against visiting Centennial, a game during which Incontrera had an assist and scored the game's last two goals to clinch a 10-6 victory over a team it had been winless against in six prior meetings dating to 2001.

Bobby Cooke and Justin Martinelli scored twice, with one goal from Mark White, Evan Nicholson, Doug Kohlenstein and Scott Horigan as Mount Hebron (1-0, 1-0) ended a streak that included a four-overtime loss in 2004.

Incontrera had been on the losing end five times against Centennial since his sophomore year, and Tom Minard, who took over the Vikings in 2002, had not beaten the Eagles as a coach.

Centennial had its only lead, 2-1, after Justin Glover assisted Bryan Lovern (two goals, one assist) for the Eagles' second straight goal with 13 seconds left in the first period. But Cooke tied the game at 11:22 of the second quarter, igniting a five-goal burst for a 6-2 halftime lead.

The Vikings received a solid effort in goal from sophomore Billy McNamara, who made 10 of his 15 saves in the first half. Jamie Guarneri had 11 saves for Centennial.

Chris Danner (two goals, one assist), Mike Englehart (one, one) and Jonathan Stumpf led a charge that had the Eagles within 8-6 with 10:40 left to play, but Incontrera closed the show with two goals of his own, the first off a feed from Chad McCarthy.

The loss ended a 19-game winning streak by the Eagles (1-2, 0-1), winners of four of the past five Howard County titles and three of the past four Class 3A-2A state tournament crowns.

"We lost our poise in the second quarter, but we bounced back, so I was real pleased with that," said 29th-year Centennial coach Mike Siegert.


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