Words: Giana Han
Preserving their undefeated status, the Centennial boys’ lacrosse team beat Oakland Mills on Friday, March 28, 11-4.
The Eagles grabbed the lead in the first quarter, and held on to it for the rest of the game. Seniors Andrew Gavlin and Quinn Western scored the first two goals of the game, and sophomore Michael Moore quickly followed up with one of his own. The first quarter ended with the Eagles up 3-0.
The Eagles started out the second quarter strong, as well. Western checked the ball out of a defender’s stick, did a split dodge, and beat four defenders for a goal, putting the Eagles up 4-0.
Oakland Mills’ number 13 quickly followed up with his own goal, bringing his team within three. However, Centennial dominated the game, and got off many more shots. In the middle of the second, the Eagles had 11 chances compared to the Scorpions’ 5 chances.
Western put one more ball in the goal, and Oakland Mills came back with one of their own. The clock ran down, and Centennial went into halftime up 5-2.
Coming out of the break, Gavlin increased the lead to four with a lay-up shot, making the score 6-2.
Then, Moore stepped back onto the scene with a nice goal, which he followed up with four more goals, for a total of six goals in the game.
“The highlight of the game was every single one of Mike’s goals,” said Western. “They were incredible and impeccable.”
By holding Oakland Mills to just four goals and winning over half of the face offs, Centennial was able to dominate the game with a resounding final score of 11-4.
“We just tried to follow our game plan and dictate the tempo,” stated Gavlin.
The Eagles are now 3-0, having beat Glenelg, Long Reach and Oakland Mills. Next week they will play in a big game against Howard.
“It feels good to have a solid start,” said Western. “We’re 3-0, undefeated, but we have to keep pushing.”