Words: Joey Sedlacko
On a hot Tuesday afternoon, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team moved onto the 3A regional final after defeating archrival Mount Hebron 12-8. The Eagles move on to play J.M. Bennett High School on Wednesday night for a chance to go to the state semi-final game.
The Eagles started the game off well with them getting clean looks on goal and playing solid defense. Junior Peter Krawczyk opened up the scoring with a goal assisted by captain Jeremy Wilson with 4:05 left in the first. Senior goalie Jack Schlossberg made multiple saves to keep Mount Hebron off the scoreboard. Centennial went up 1-0 at the end of the first. Even though the score didn’t show it, the Eagles had control of the game.
Early in the second quarter, turnovers plagued Centennial, and Mount Hebron tied up the game 1-1. However, Centennial responded well and quickly caught fire on the offensive end and Mount Hebron did not have an answer for the sudden flurry of scoring. Goals by senior Jeremy Wilson, senior Michael Pellegrini, sophomore Ty Sams, senior Thomas Thurmond, and junior Charlie Hockersmith would account for five straight goals for the Eagles. Thurmond did an impressive job winning the majority of the faceoffs, and Schlossberg stood his ground in goal, only allowing one goal. Centennial would go up 6-1 at half.
To start the second half, Wilson tacked on two more of his four goals to put Centennial up 8-1. Mount Hebron did not quit and scored three straight to shorten their deficit to 8-4. In the final seconds of the third quarter, a shot by Mount Hebron would end up hitting the post of the goal, bouncing to midfield where Krawczyk could pick it up and pass to Wilson to score with 1.6 seconds left. Going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a comfortable 9-4 lead.
The fourth quarter would prove to be a back and forth game. The Eagles scored three goals in the quarter, two coming from Sams to complete a hattrick and one from freshman Andrew Hockersmith. Mount Hebron would go on to score four of their own goals, but the deficit was too large to come back. Centennial was never down throughout the whole game.
Centennial’s Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse is looking to carry this momentum into Wednesday night’s game on the road against J.M. Bennett High School as a chance to go to states is on the line.
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