Centennial 13, Mount Hebron 1
Don't blink, because you might miss Centennial's next goal.
It took the seventh-ranked Eagles boys' lacrosse team less than a minute to get on the scoreboard in their 13-1 victory over Mount Hebron last night at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field, and seemingly before the Vikings had unpacked their equipment bags, the annual meeting between Howard County powers was all but over.
After Centennial senior Pat Davis opened with a low laser of a shot at the 11-minute 50-second mark of the first quarter, the Eagles (4-1 overall, 3-0) scored three goals in 41 seconds, and never looked back in the 32nd meeting between the two Ellicott City champions.
"It's like a work of art almost," said Centennial senior attack Sean Dougherty, who scored five goals. "We are all molded together just perfectly.
"Each one of us knows exactly where each one of us is going to be at all times. We have guys that could go out there and dodge with their eyes closed."
John Sullivan scored Mount Hebron's lone goal in the first quarter, and the reigning Maryland 3A/2A champion dropped to 1-4, 1-1.
Centennial has had no such letdown after winning the state 2A/1A championship last season. The core of the Eagles' offense -- Dougherty, Davis (three goals), and seniors Mike Down (three goals) and Evan Calvert (two goals) -- has played together since their sophomore years, when the team was routed by Mount Hebron at UMBC Stadium, 17-4.
The teams have been playing since 1977, when Centennial opened its doors several miles from Mount Hebron, and either the Eagles or Vikings have accounted for 19 county championships since 1981, including the last 11.
Dougherty, who twisted his ankle a minute into the game, was almost unstoppable as he had been when he scored a state-record nine goals in Centennial's championship win last year against Southern.
"I thought about coming out but it's Hebron, under the lights at Hopkins," he said. "There was no way."