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Centennial Wins Battle of Bulldogs Against Judge

Centennial Midfielder Justin Anderson Shoots on Goal
Centennial Midfielder Justin Anderson Shoots on Goal

The Centennial Bulldogs beat the Judge Bulldogs 17-16 on Saturday at McCarthey Stadium in the Battle of the Bulldogs in a back and forth, end to end, action packed game.
The first quarter began when Centennial was able to work the ball around, finding their star Justin Anderson who was able to score, giving the visitors from Las Vegas the early lead. Judge answered 3 minutes later on a man-up goal when Gabe Rechsteiner scored on a low-to-low worm burner. 37 seconds later, Judge scored again to take their first lead of the game.
From that point on, when one team would score the other team would answer, keeping it at a one goal game through the end of the first half. Judge scored the last goal of the first half when Doug Gosselin with 7 seconds left to give Judge the 6-5 lead at the break.

Centennial Midfielder Justin Anderson Shoots on Goal
Centennial Midfielder Justin Anderson Shoots on Goal
The third quarter would see Centennial dominate the offensive end of the field, scoring 4 goals including 2 within 7 seconds at the 3:30 mark when Anderson scored a goal, won the ensuing face-off and scored again to give Centennial a 9-6 lead. A minute later, Anderson was penalized for a slash that was deemed to target the head, which is a 2 minute non-releasable penalty. Judge capitalized on their extra man opportunity, scoring 3 goals in less than a minute and half to level the score at 9 at the end of the third quarter.
15 goals were scored in the fourth quarter in one of the most entertaining 12 minutes of lacrosse this year. Anderson scored then assisted a goal by Dane Rosenthal to give Centennial a 2 goal lead early in the quarter. Judge answered a minute later when Rechsteiner found the back of the net. Both teams traded 2 goals each to bring the score to 13-12 with 5 minutes left in the game.
Centennial reeled off 3 goals in 2 minutes to bring the score to 16-12 with 2:11 left in the game. Just as Centennial felt they had the game under control, Judge thought differently. Judge Midfielder Sean Sloan took the game into his hands scoring at the 1:50 mark. Rechsteiner won the face-off and found Sloan who scored again at the 1:32 mark. Judge won the next face-off, stepped in the box and called timeout. After the break, Sloan took his man to the top of the box, dodged, shot and scored. Rechsteiner again won the face-off and found Gosselin creeping from behind the goal. Gosselin caught and shot the ball in mid-air for the goal to tie the game with 55 seconds remaining.
The action continued with Judge getting the ball but unable to score. On the clear, Judge committed a slashing penalty which gave Centennial a man-up opportunity which they converted when Anderson found Johnny Rosas who buried the ball in the back of the net for the win.
“I knew we would come out a little lathargic because we left at 7am this morning,” said Centennial Head Coach Tank Thomas. “Dave Allen and I are from the same town in upstate New York so we have had some good battles before at the Best of the West. We’ve got a stud at midfield that can take over the game and he did that today.”
Anderson, who has committed to North Carolina, led all scorers with 9 goals and 4 assists. Judge was led by Rechsteiner who had 5 goals and 1 assist. Judge Goalie Dexter Holmquist had 17 saves. Freshman Centennial Goalie Joshua Scott had 16 saves. Judge won 22 of 31 face-offs.

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