Tag: Lacrosse

Eagles Fly Through First Two Rounds of Lacrosse Play-Offs

Words: Giana Han

In their first play-off game on May 9, the Eagles boys’ lacrosse team pulled out a decisive victory over Winters Mill.

The Eagles had earned a bye for the first round of play-offs, and played the winner of the Winters Mill Century match up.  At first, it looked to be a competitive game, one that would leave hearts pumping and adrenaline rushing long after the final buzzer sounded.

With only one minute twenty-eight seconds lapsed, the Falcons scored their first goal.  Barely a minute later, Austin Kraisser tied the game with an assist from Quinn Western.  Two minutes later, the first penalty flag was thrown against Western.

The Falcons quickly killed the power play with a goal, putting them up 2-1.  However, a great save from Dan Pomeranz and a recovered ground ball by Chase Conley led to a goal by Mike Moore, assisted by Western, which tied the game.

This was followed by another penalty flag, this time against Conley.  Pomeranz’s saves helped hold the Falcons to the tie so that Andrew Gavlin could step up and get his first goal for the game.  His unassisted goal put the Eagles ahead for the first time.  12 seconds later, an unassisted goal was scored by Winters Mill, tying the game 3-3.

The second period started with two penalty flags thrown, one against Winters Mill, one against Western.  The ball changed possessions rapidly until 6:25 when Dean Fochios, assisted by Gavlin, started the Eagles’ scoring streak.  Two more penalties were called, both on Conley, but Pomeranz had several consecutive saves that helped hold the Falcons to three goals.

At 4:26 Gavlin was able to find the open man for another assist, and Sam Clay put another goal on the board.

The Eagles’ scoring streak was momentarily broken when a penalty against the goalie left the net vulnerable, and the Falcons were able to squeeze in a fourth goal, bringing the game within one goal.  With 38 seconds left, Western hooked up with Gavlin for a sixth goal, which restarted the streak again.

The clock was stopped once again for a penalty against Winters Mill, and Fochios, assisted by Gavlin, managed to score one more goal before the horn sounded with the Eagles up 7-4.

The third quarter was much like the second.  Many penalty flags were thrown, but the Eagles were able to overcome and score six more goals.  Conley, Gavlin, and Fochios each made another goal, with Moore putting up three more.  At the end of the quarter, the score was an overwhelming 13-4.

The Falcons began to put up a bit of a fight in the fourth, scoring their fifth goal 57 seconds into the quarter.  John Kolp answered with one of his own.  Winters Mill scored one more around eight minutes, and then the two teams were at a standstill until three minutes.  With three minutes left, the Falcons tried to stage a comeback, closing the gap to 14-9.  However, the Eagles sent their starters back in, and they were able to hold them until the game ended 14-9.

Although the score makes the victory seem very decisive, the Eagles had a lot to work through, including a slow start and the ten penalties called against them.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with penalties early in the game and throughout.  We played a lot of man down and we didn’t shoot particularly well in the first quarter.  A lot of times in these play-off games, you come out after a first round bye and you’re so amped up and so hyped up and there’s so much adrenaline that it’s hard to slow down and be patient,” said coach Nick Kellinger.  “But I love the way we came out of half time, we came out patient, we came out focused, and we played our game.”

Gavlin concurred.  “It took patience.  We took a little time to get into it.  We had to get into our sets, slow down, and try to figure out what we were doing, where they would be, and protect it.  We had to make sure we wanted it more than they did.”

Gavlin had six assists and three goals this game, and is one of three players to be voted to play for the all state all star game for seniors.

“He makes our team go. We don’t really hide anything.  We’re coming at you with big number one and it’s up to you to stop him, and not many kids can stop him,” said Kellinger.

From here, the Eagles will be facing Glenelg for third round of play-offs.  This will be the first time the Eagles have played them since the first game of the regular season when they broke the Gladiators’ in-county win streak.

“We didn’t do a lot of the things tonight that we’ll do on Monday.  We’ve got some different things, some different looks that Glenelg hasn’t seen,” stated Kellinger.



Eagles Face Vikings in Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse

Words: Giana Han

The Lady Eagles went down in a valiant effort to beat rival Mount Hebron in the lacrosse game May 2.

At the start of the first half, the Lady Vikings got off to a quick start with two successive goals from Jennifer Giles and Jordan Stevens.

However, senior Kay Kelly helped to turn the game around with a goal, putting the Eagles within one.  Giles quickly came back with another goal of her own.  Dani Wilson took back that goal, then Alicia Hsieh tied it up at 3-3.

With 1:36 left in the half, Hsieh had a clutch goal that pushed the Eagles ahead of the Vikings for the first and only time in the game.

Steven’s quickly tied the game again, and two more goals put Hebron up at the half, 6-4.

After the teams came out of halftime, it became clear that Hebron did not want their last game of the season to ruin their undefeated record, and they went on a scoring run.

Chachi Kelehan scored the first goal of the half.   Wilson matched that with one of her own, but Hebron then went on a 6 goal scoring streak.  Ally Unkenholz and Kelehan each scored one, and Stevens and Giles put up two more before Wilson was able to cut into the run with a Centennial goal.

Wilson, Hsieh, and Devin Mcintyre added three more goals to Centennial’s score, but combined with a higher number of turnovers and fouls, it was not enough, and the Eagles went down 16-9.

The boys’ team attempted to avenge the loss that night when they faced Hebron on their home field.

The game was more of a defensive struggle, the first goal not coming until late in the first period when John Kolp scored a goal off of an assist from Quinn Western.

Andrew Gavlin had an assist to Dean Fochios for the second goal of the night, which gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

The Vikings began to push the ball down into Eagle territory, putting more pressure on the defense.  Dan Pomeranz had an amazing save, but Hebron’s Shane Brookheart was able to squeeze one by him to cut into the Eagles two point lead.

Just like the Lady Eagles did, the Vikings had started a turn around.  With 1:47 left in the second period, Zach Stevens came around the crease and scored, tying the game.  29 seconds later, his teammate Bryce Brookheart put the Vikings ahead.

Luckily, just before the buzzer sounded, Western was able to get it to Gavlin for a goal to tie the game 3-3.

After tying the game, the Eagles were able to stop the Viking’s momentum.  Pomeranz had several great saves.  Fochios scored two more goals for a total of three goals that night, and Gavlin scored another.

The Eagles were up 6-3 when, with 34 seconds left, Hebron was able to get its final goal.  However, Kolp scored the seventh and final goal with five seconds left, sealing the Eagle’s victory over Hebron.

“It feels like nothing else,” said Fochios, who was the high scorer for the game.  “It feels great to beat our biggest rival in the county.  When we tied it, we started getting pumped up, started playing with heart, and that’s what helps win the game.”

Both varsity lacrosse games will be moving on from these final games against Hebron to the play-offs.

Eagles Take Down Hebron in 8-6 Thriller

Words: Kyle Simpson

When the students and faculty at Centennial think of rivalry, they think of Mt. Hebron.

So it is fitting that the Eagles Boys Lacrosse would have to go through their longtime rivals to get to the regional finals. I mean, could it go down any other way? So the Eagles suited up and went to war with Mt. Hebron one more time this year.

The battle got off to a quick start with four Centennial goals from seniors Teddy Sylvia, Ben McHugh, Stephen Latona, and freshman Austin Kraisser. A lone Mt. Hebron goal was also scored going into the final two minutes of the first quarter where Hebron began to close the gap. A man-up goal off of a Centennial slash by Kevin Collins made it 4-2 going into the second quarter. You could feel a shift from the hot start of Centennial’s offense.

The Eagles simply could not catch a break on the faceoffs, and turnovers for the middle half of the game. Hebron would score two quick goals in the start of the second quarter to tie it up at four with seven minutes left, eventually scoring one more time to lead 5-4 going into halftime.

The Vikings would continue to be hot coming out of halftime as well with yet another goal to push them to a two goal advantage. The Mt. Hebron defense throughout most of the third quarter until four minutes and thirty seconds remained on the clock, thanks to a well placed stick-check by CJ Marquart, the Eagles offense had woken back up and had the ball on a play that defined the final chapter of the game. Stephen Latona ripped a shot to close the gap back to one goal and give Centennial the momentum back. Latona would score again for the hat trick and the tie at six going into the fourth quarter.

It all came down to this. A final effort to seal victory. Teddy Sylvia scored quickly for the Eagles to take a lead they would never get back. The Eagles made defensive stand after defensive stand to shut down Mt. Hebron. One last goal by freshman Mike Moore would put the game out of reach at 8-6 with a little over two minutes left. And as the clock ticked to zero, the fans went nuts as the team threw their sticks in the air and surrounded their goalie, senior Bryan Ruygrok who had 12 saves on the night.

A fantastic win for a team who fought hard for it.

The Eagles set their focus onto Glenelg, whom they play for the regional title tomorrow night at 7 PM at Glenelg.

CHS Boys Lacrosse Defeats Mt. Hebron

On Monday, May 13, 2013, Centennial Boys Lacrosse took on Mt. Hebron High School. Centennial defeated the Mt. Hebron Vikings 8-6 in the MPSSAA 3A/2A south region semi-final game.

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