Century sends Pentz out a state champion

Knights beat North Harford, 14-7, in coach's last game

  • Knights goalie Kaitlin Pentz hugs her father, Century athletic director Randy Pentz, after winning the Class 3A-2A championship.
Knights goalie Kaitlin Pentz hugs her father, Century athletic… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
May 27, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Century goalie Kaitlin Pentz had a big hug for her mother and coach, Rose Pentz, after making 10 saves in Wednesday's victory in the state girls lacrosse championship.

Rose Pentz is retiring after her fifth state title, a 14-7 win over North Harford in Class 3A-2A at UMBC Stadium, to watch Kaitlin in college at Robert Morris. It was a storybook ending for the Pentzes, who won their third state title together and the fifth for Rose Pentz, the only coach in No. 11 Century's eight-year history.

"Seeing her crying made me a little teary-eyed, too, knowing that it's her last year and my last year at Century," Kaitlin Pentz said. "It was really cool that we got to do it together."

Kaitlin Pentz saved the first four North Harford shots, and her teammates at the far end of the field helped her along by taking a 6-0 lead.

"I just felt like I saw the ball really well," she said. "They were going low a lot. Even after making some low saves, they kept going low. They switched it up and shot high, and that's when they scored. In the second half, they started to realize that going high might have been a better decision."

Angela Flister, who sparked the opening run with a free-position goal about a minute into the game, scored the fourth of her five goals to open the second half and push the Knights' lead to 9-1.

The Hawks (12-7) then rallied on back-to-back goals from Mary Angstadt to cut the margin to 9-3. The Hawks appeared to have found Pentz's weaker spots.

"In the beginning, we weren't finding the holes," said Hawks senior Rhiannon Coogle, who scored three times. "Once we dealt with that, we had to think that she's just another goalie and find the openings."

The Hawks, however, could not seize the momentum for long as the Knights matched every mini-run. Haley Bordner and Jill Remenapp scored to widen the Knights' lead to 11-3 with 11:50 to go. After Coogle scored twice, the Knights (17-2) got three straight goals from Flister, Kailey Wolf and Bordner.

While the Pentzes and several other strong senior players will be gone next year, the Knights' future still looks bright.

"We're a young team, and we're going to be missing a lot of seniors like Kaitlin and Ashley Wheeler and Megan Quigg," said Remenapp, a junior. "But I definitely think we have a lot of young athletes, and we will be back next year."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Goals: NH-- Angstadt 3, Coogle 3, Gehrding; C--Flister 5, Bordner 4, Remenapp 2, Wolfe 2, Mercer. Assists: NH--Ford, Kehring; C--Quigg, Remenapp. Saves: NH--Horoschak 6; C--Pentz 10. Half: C, 8-1.

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