No. 13 Centennial outdoes Wright GIRLS LACROSSE


After allowing 14th-ranked C. Milton Wright to go on a 4-2 run at the start of the second half, the No. 13 Centennial Eagles scored six straight goals and cruised to a 17-10 win yesterday.

Junior Becca Armiger, Centennial's leading scorer with four goals and one assist, initiated the Eagles' final rally by scoring an unassisted goal with 17 minutes remaining.

Jen Simon, Liz Sturm and Allison Altscher followed with unassisted goals and Simon's free-position goal with 7:55 left put the visitors out front, 16-9.

Senior midfielder Emily Ward closed out the scoring for the Eagles when she completed her hat trick with 3:10 to go. Sturm finished the day with three goals. Altscher and Dinisio each had two goals and two assists while Simon contributed two goals and one assist.

"We're a young team and we have lots of potential, but we're not there yet," said Eagles coach Gail Purcell. "At times we looked great, but we have to learn to maintain that level of play and that should come with experience."

The Mustangs (2-2) answered Ward's game-opening goal when Jen Kuehn scored first for the hosts on a feed from Becky Gerhart. Gerhart and Miranda James then scored without assistance to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.

The Eagles (2-0) scored seven straight goals to take an 8-3 lead with 7:45 left in the half.

James and Gerhart stopped the Eagles' momentum momentarily with back-to-back goals, but Armiger, who had six goals and six assists in the Eagles' season-opening win over South Carroll, gave Centennial the last say before the half by scoring on a feed from Altscher with eight seconds left.

C. Milton Wright didn't waste any time chipping away at Centennial's 9-5 halftime lead. Amanda Moculski, who scored all three of her goals in the second half, cut the lead to three on a pass from Kuehn 17 seconds into the half.

Moculski scored an unassisted goal 28 seconds later and then fed Kuehn a minute later to pull the Mustangs to within 9-8.

Sturm scored 13 seconds later on a feed from Lauren Perkins and Perkins -- after being tripped on the ensuing draw -- dodgedtwo Mustangs and took the ball straight to the goal.

James got one past Centennial goalie Katie Garrity (22 saves) on a free-position opportunity before the Eagles staged their scoring spree.

"I'm very happy with the way our kids played today," said C. Milton Wright coach Kathy Breymaier. "We've had some trouble with our accuracy on shooting in the past couple of games and showed improvement in that area today. I think we're coming together well."

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