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Roswell "Senior Night" Celebration Ends With 15-11 Win Over Centennial

Roswell's Tyler Trygg (#9) avoids Centennial defenders in 15-11 win

On Friday, the Roswell Hornets hosted the Centennial Knights under the lights for a non-area match up, but with just a few miles separating the two schools and both teams being ranked in the top 20 in Georgia, Roswell No. 3 and Centennial No. 11, and the Knights looking to spoil the Hornets’ Senior Night celebration, there was plenty to expect between the two crosstown rivals. Despite the Hornets jumping out to a 3-1 lead after a Scott Stickles goal early in the first quarter, the Knights would go on a 5-1 run and end the opening period with a 6-4 lead.

Not to be out done, the Hornet would outscore Centennial 4-1 in the second quarter and would take a 8-7 lead into the locker room at the half. The third quarter would see both teams score two goals each, so the Hornets opened up the final period of play with a 10-9 lead and similar to how they started the game, would score three times, including two goals from Alex Label, who finished with a game high six goals, before the Knights could answer, taking a 13-9 lead.

That four point deficit would prove to be too much for Centennial to overcome and Roswell would go on to pick up the 15-11 win. “Senior night, obviously a big night, four years of hard work,” Roswell head coach Bryan Wallace said after the win as he spoke about what the victory meant for his graduating players, adding that it was an “opportunity to celebrate our guys that have been grinding away in terms of trying to get us some wins”.

A win that did not come us for Roswell despite the quick start. “Very quality ball club, well coached group," Wallace said of Centennial acknowledging that although, there’s some time before having to think about it, a post-season rematch between the two teams is a possibility. “But tonight, it was just about finding us in terms of just playing our style of game,” which for Wallace and the Hornets meant “dictating on the faceoff” as well as playing their six on six sets the way they want to play and having favorable player match ups on the field.

With the win, the Hornets improve to 11-3 overall and will get set for a pair of area match ups when they face Cambridge on Tuesday and Milton on Friday. All three teams are currently unbeaten in area play, the outcomes will have playoff seeding implications. Roswell will close out the regular season with non-area games against Johns Creek and Blessed Trinity.


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