Centennial will be the site of the most important boys lacrosse game so far this season as the No. 11 Eagles (6-1) take on Mount Hebron (5-1) today.
The Vikings will be the underdogs but hope their defensive team of Mike Cronin, Mark Brown, Shane Campbell and goalkeeper Sean Buchanon can continue playing as well as it has in the last four games when it allowed a total of eight goals.
Centennial is a poised team with strong stick skills and great clearing ability and is led by midfielder Rob Hauff.
The Eagles are nearly intact from last season when they went 14-2 overall and 7-0 in the county.
Mount Hebron will be without its third-leading scorer, Ben Savage, who fractured his leg last week and is out for the season. The Vikings' leading scorer is Scott Baughman, who has 16 goals and 20 assists.
County high school baseball alumni are doing well at colleges up and down the East Coast.
Juan Dorsey (Glenelg) is batting .409 (38-for-93) for James Madison University and had four hits Sunday in a 15-8 victory over Richmond. Dorsey, a sophomore, has 10 doubles, one homer and 11 RBIs and has scored 22 runs. James Madison is 25-13 overall and 8-7 in the Colonial Conference.
Alex Pugliese (Atholton) is 4-3 with a 3.13 ERA for the University of Delaware. He threw a three-hit shutout at Hartford Sunday and won a 2-0 decision. In 46 innings, the senior has allowed 37 hits, struck out 44, walked 17 and has held batters to a .222 average. The right-hander is second in the North Atlantic Conference in strikeouts.
Howie Brown (Wilde Lake) is 4-2 for UMBC and went the distance in a 4-2 win over Campbell last Friday. The senior right-hander has started seven games and pitched 47 innings with a 4.40 ERA.
Brent Nickles (Centennial) is batting .318 for UMBC with a team-leading 25 RBIs, which is third in the Big South Conference. The senior has two homers and eight doubles. UMBC is 11-13 overall and 8-7 in the league.
Jason Mills (Atholton) is 3-2 with a 1.90 ERA in nine games for East Carolina University. The junior right-hander has pitched 22 2/3 innings, allowed 16 hits, struck out 30 and walked nine. The team is 28-11 and 6-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Ryan Clark (Mount St. Joseph) of Ellicott City has seven starts and is 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA for George Washington University. The junior left-hander has pitched 42 innings with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks. He's given up 35 hits. The team is 15-17 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Matt Noon (Oakland Mills), a freshman at Boston College, has made three appearances in relief -- two of them scoreless. He pitched an inning in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox March 4 and gave up two runs. Boston College is 9-15 overall, 1-11 in the Big East.
Brian Van Deusen (Atholton), a sophomore, is batting .320 (16-for-50) for Western Maryland College. He's made just two errors while dividing playing time among first base, second base and third base. And he's made three relief appearances with a 1-0 record and 3.38 ERA. Western Maryland is 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the Centennial Conference.
Samantha Andersch (Hammond), a freshman midfielder for James Madison University, was named Dukes' Rookie of the Year for her efforts in helping JMU's soccer team finish second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. Andersch had a team-high 10 assists. JMU finished the season 11-10.
Petrlik leads UMBC
Emily Petrlik (Howard) has 19 goals and 14 assists to lead UMBC lacrosse team in scoring. Petrlik scored five of those goals in a 13-7 win over Georgetown.