Last-minute score boosts Knights

Third-ranked Century advances to 2A-1A West final on Trombetta's free-position goal

Century 10 Winters Mill 9

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

May 16, 2006|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With her players short on practice and still recovering from Saturday night's prom, Century coach Rose Pentz took the unusual step of convening her team for a long strategy session before last night's Class 2A-1A West semifinal against county rival Winters Mill.

"I didn't want them leaving school before this game," Pentz said. "We had a lot to talk about since we didn't have practice."

The extra preparation paid off, with Ashley Trombetta's free-position goal with less than a minute left in regulation lifting the host No. 3 Knights to a 10-9 win. It marked Century's third straight one-goal win over the Falcons, including last year's overtime thriller in the regional final.

"I was worried about the kind of condition they would be in today," Pentz said. "We sat in a classroom today from the time school let out. That was the plan - feed them, sit and relax and talk."

Century (16-0) will play host to tomorrow's regional final against the winner of yesterday's game between Middletown and Poolesville. The Knights are seeking their fourth straight trip to the state finals. Winters Mill (12-4) won four of the first five draws and took a 2-1 lead on Katie Hertsch's goal with 9:32 left in the half. Hertsch finished with a game-high four goals.

Century soon took the upper hand, with goalie Sarah deFerrari making a pair of saves off free-position shots and Jenny Steadman scoring twice in 19 seconds to put the Knights ahead 5-3.

Senior Brittney Zerhusen, who along with Steadman scored three goals, scored back-to-back goals midway through the second half to extend her team's lead to 9-6 before the Falcons rallied to tie on a pair of free-position goals by Hertsch, and one by Kristy Bosley with less than two minutes left.

Trombetta then gave Century the lead for good, moments after having her shot saved on a free position that was whistled off for an infraction.

"I tried to start the free position with my left hand, and it didn't work. So then I put it in my right and switched to my left," Trombetta said. "That seemed to work."

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