Centennial lacrosse looks to build on last season’s success

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Centennial lacrosse looks to build on last season’s success

Senior Captains Austen Hensel (left), and Caleb Sadd (middle) playing in a 2018 game. Credit: Randy Sadd

Senior Captains Austen Hensel (left), and Caleb Sadd (middle) playing in a 2018 game. Credit: Randy Sadd

Senior Captains Austen Hensel (left), and Caleb Sadd (middle) playing in a 2018 game. Credit: Randy Sadd

Senior Captains Austen Hensel (left), and Caleb Sadd (middle) playing in a 2018 game. Credit: Randy Sadd

Jonathan Cannon, Staff Writer

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The Knights are coming off a terrific season where they went 19-3 (7-0) and made it to the GHSA Semifinals. They lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the soon to be state champion Lambert Longhorns; however, after a successful season last year, the Knights look to do much of the same this year.

A deep run into the playoffs has become the norm for the Knights’ lacrosse team, and they open the season with high expectations from themselves and also others. They open the year ranked #5 in the state and are returning some very talented players who will be an integral part of the team.

The Knights are led by Coach Spencer Hardee and have returned a lot of talent on both sides of the field and are prepared to make a deep run in too the playoffs this season. They are region champs in back-to-back seasons and are looking to dominate their new region this year to earn a third straight trip to the Final Four, but it will not be an easy road.

The Knights have a difficult schedule this season where some headliners are at Roswell on Feb. 28, against Lambert on March 29, and at Johns Creek on April 16.  The Lambert game on March 29 will be on the Friday before spring break and will be a rematch of the 2018 GHSA Semi-final game where Lambert won on a game-winner in overtime.

Some impact players that will also continue on to play at the next level are defenseman Brett Meskill (Sacred Heart), defenseman Frank Cecere (Furman), attackman Ryan Siracusa (Maryland), and defenseman Justin Wright (Mount Union). These will all be players to watch this season.

Senior Caleb Sadd is in his third varsity season and is one of the captains of the team this year. When asked about the team this year, Sadd said, “This year we have a much better all-around team and we work much better together as a family, and we will use that to our advantage.”

Caleb also says that one of the games this season he is looking forward to this season is the matchup on April 16 against Johns Creek because “we haven’t had the opportunity to play them in a while and it was always a fun and challenging matchup.”

Senior Brett Meskill, when asked about what they are looking to do this season, said, “Our goal is to win state but this year we will take it game by game, day by day.” Brett is coming in too his fourth season on the varsity lacrosse team and is one of the top players to look out for this season. Brett also talked about how he is looking forward to the matchup against Lambert because “they are consistently the best team in the state and this year I believe we have a chance to beat them.”

The Lacrosse team is always an exciting sport for Centennial where they always have very high expectations. They will be looking to fulfill all of those in this 2019 season where they are returning a lot of experienced, talented players. Come out and watch the Centennial lacrosse team in 2019 at their first home game on Feb. 26 at 7:45 p.m. against Hooch.