Centennial goalie Mary Teeters had a little trouble getting reality to sink in after yesterday's Class 3A-2A South regional girls lacrosse final.
Her Eagles had just done something no team had done before - keep Mount Hebron out of the state tournament. With Centennial's 10-9 victory, the Vikings' string of state titles will end at 11 thanks in large part to Teeters, who also came up big in a 7-5 regular-season win over the Vikings.
Yesterday, the senior made 13 saves, including two after Sarah Parks scored the game-winner with 2:52 left, to preserve the victory and send the Eagles to the final four for the first time since 1990 - the inaugural year of the state tournament, when Mount Hebron was in a different region.
"I don't know if I feel it yet. It's so surreal," Teeters said. "I think I said that the first time, but oh my gosh, it's amazing. It's the best you could ever ask for."
The Eagles' victory brought to an end the last of the Mount Hebron streaks that marked one of the most dominating stretches in state high school sports history.
The Vikings were the only team, boys or girls, to reach a state final four every year since the tournament began. Until yesterday, they had won all 20 regional titles and had reached the state final 16 straight years, winning 15 times.
The Eagles (14-4) ended all that, running up a six-goal lead and holding off the surging Vikings (12-5).
Jenny Michael, Chloe Heckman and Kelsey Norris scored three quick goals after halftime to boost the Eagles' lead to 8-2. The teams then traded goals to 9-3 before the Vikings ran off six straight, tying at 9 when Monica Zabel found Ashley Bruns cutting across the arc unmarked.
But the tie lasted 33 seconds, or until Parks wove her way through traffic to find an opening for the game-winner.
The Vikings (12-5) couldn't overcome many early unforced errors and poor shot selection - as well as Teeters' performance.
"A lot of it has to be credited to her," said Vikings coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland.