Boys lacrosse

Strong defense, faceoff control carry Centennial over Glenelg

Centennial 6 Glenelg 2

May 02, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

After beating defending 3A-2A state champion Mount Hebron in overtime earlier this season, Centennial players thought they'd have it easy last weekend at River Hill, which already had lost to Mount Hebron by 10 goals.

"But they shocked us," Eagles midfielder Jonathan Stumpf said, referring to a six-goal loss to the Hawks. "[Last night] against Glenelg, we weren't going to let that happen."

Using what coach Mike Siegert called, "a controlled intensity," the host Eagles scored four unanswered goals starting in the second quarter of a 6-2 Division II victory over last year's Howard County titlist.

Stumpf (one goal, two assists), Mark Watson (two goals, one assist) and Zach Berstein (two goals) led Centennial (11-2, 8-1), the front-runner for a rematch against Division I winner Mount Hebron in Tuesday's inaugural county title game.

Stumpf also combined with Simon Seo and Jeff Digiacomo to win seven of nine faceoffs entering the fourth quarter (eight of 12 overall).

"Faceoffs are huge because after you score a goal, the other team might be like, `OK, we'll get on offense, score a goal and regain momentum,'" said Stumpf, who had a team-high six ground balls. "But you keep winning possession, you take the heart out of the other team. We did that."

Consecutive goals by John Derwent and Chris Gotschall of Glenelg (8-3, 7-2) had tied the game at 2 at 10:58 of the second quarter, but that's when Centennial's zone defense shut the door.

Eagles keeper Eric Joerdens made nine of his 17 saves in the third quarter, including three straight and two more against man-advantage situations.

Siegert credited the defense of Mike Englehart (one goal), Mike Rossberg, Kyle Virtue, Joey Baker, Scott Grosskopf, Joe Tayabji, Tom Carlson, Alex Miller and Tsubasa Matsui.

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