Centennial boys lacrosse coach Mike Siegert could not have asked for a more complete win than his Eagles' 8-7 overtime victory over defending state champion Mount Hebron on Friday night.
With defense being the team's trademark and this year's strength -- particularly at midfield, led by senior standout Jonathan Stumpf -- Siegert and his staff challenged the attackmen to help make the difference.
Sophomore Shane Jaeger opened the scoring, and Mark Watson found Zach Berstein in overtime to produce the game-winner. In all, the trio combined to score four of the Eagles' goals, and Watson, who earned a game ball for his fine all-around performance, scored one goal and notched two assists.
"We've definitely been a midfield-oriented team so far this year, and Jack Thomas, the offensive coordinator, talked to all our attackmen before the game. He said, 'I want at least a goal from each of you.' As it turned out, the three of them gave us four. It was really big for us," said Siegert, whose Eagles went into the week with a 6-1 record that included a 4-0 slate in the county.
Also big was the Eagles' domination on faceoffs. They won 14 of 17 draws to keep the Vikings' powerful attack without the ball. Stumpf was a key in that aspect and also contributed three goals.
Senior captain Mike Rossberg anchors the defense with first-year goalie Eric Joerdens capably stepping in for graduated standout Jamie Guarneri. Joerdens, also elected a captain, stopped 16 shots Friday.
"Eric has been excellent," Siegert said. "I knew that he had the potential to be a really solid keeper for us. He just never got much of a chance last year with Jamie coming back from a state championship team. But he worked really, really hard in the off season and he just stepped up with his leadership. He's done a great job in the cage, but he's also been a quarterback for us back there. It's been really fun for me to listen to him back there."
Despite 17 points each from Atholton forward Torey Fassett and Oakland Mills guard David Pearman, the Maryland All-Stars fell to their Pennsylvania counterparts, 92-86, in the Maryland vs. Pennsylvania Boys Basketball All-Star Game in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 7. Fassett and Pearman, both seniors, were named co-Most Valuable Players. Pennsylvania has won nine of the 12 meetings.