Rockovich, CB West roll over CB South
Joey Rockovich has had his fair share of good games.
The Central Bucks West junior had a great game on Tuesday, scoring a hat trick against Central Bucks South before the contest was even nine minutes old at War Memorial Field in Doylestown.
“Joey really saw the net tonight,” Bucks head coach Matt Coverdale said. “He had a fantastic spree of finishing during the course of the game. It was a little bit of a coming-out party for him.”
Rockovich ended with a season-high seven goals and added two assists in CB West’s 11-3 rout of the Titans in a chippy affair that featured two ejections (one Buck, one Titan) and countless other infractions.
“I was real pumped up before the game,” Rockovich shared. “I buried three real quick in the first quarter and I think that got our team off to a hot start and we just kept rolling from there.”
The Bucks carried a 6-2 lead into the second quarter. In addition to Rockovich, Brandon Gervais, Jake Carey and Erik Ojert scored in the opening frame for CB West. Dante Poli and Dan Mignogna scored for CB South.
The Titans cut the deficit in half early in the second on an Ian Vogt tally, but Rockovich, off an Ojert feed, answered more than seven minutes later to give the Bucks a 7-3 lead that they would take into halftime.
The story after intermission was the CB West defense and goalie Max Dunar. The Bucks pitched a shutout for the final 33-plus minutes.
“We got a lot of returning starters this year. My boy, Nick Werner, on the wing just gets every single groundball. I don’t have to do too much, so that’s good,” CB West junior Andrew Santacecilia smiled. “We got a freshman in net, Dunar, and he’s doing really well. He’s doing a great job.”
Dunar was credited with 15 saves.
“He made senior saves tonight,” Santacecilia praised.
“I think Max Dunar in the net made some fantastic one-on-one saves,” Coverdale added. “We knew South had quick-strike capability. We knew they had some great shooters who could sling the ball and turn and fire very quickly, so we knew we needed to play tight on them and really close a lot of windows when we could, but they still produced some good looks on the cage and good offense, but Max came up big tonight.”
Tuesday’s game was the only time CB West and CB South will meet this year, unless they see each other in the postseason. The realigned Suburban One League (SOL) National Conference doesn’t allow for home-and-homes. The 10 teams play each other only once.
“I knew it was a big deal,” Dunar said, “just because [we’re] rival schools and everything. I was just hoping to be able to play up and help out my team.”
Dunar admitted he didn’t want to let down the upperclassmen who may not get another crack at the Titans.
“I was really happy that I was able to make the saves and provide for them,” he said.
Ojert scored his second goal of the game early in the third quarter. Rockovich bookended his masterpiece with three more goals in the fourth.
Rockovich, however, didn’t want the spotlight to shine only on him.
“I think Erik Ojert, a sophomore, has been stepping up real big,” he said. “He had two goals tonight. He’s been playing real well. Shane Early, a senior captain, has been playing real well, moving the ball. Brandon Gervais, probably one of the fastest guys on the team, has been legging it up and down the field. He’s been real good.”
CB South fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the SOL National. CB West improved to 5-2 and 2-0.
Both teams had Wednesday off.
“Our kids really wanted this one bad,” Coverdale disclosed. “They definitely wanted this one.
The Central Bucks rivalry games between all three sister schools always bring out some intense emotions and our guys wanted to go after it and go get it.”
“Going forward,” Santacecilia concluded, “this was the win we needed. We’re looking to win titles this year.”
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