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Hunt hits the mark as Leopards win

April 26, 2002|BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Smithsburg junior attackman Sean Hunt will tell you that shooting is his strength. Hunt will pursue ground balls relentlessly, work on his dodges tirelessly and frustrate even the best defenders with his stick handling prowess.

But his real confidence on the field comes from shooting.

One won't have to repeat that fact to the South Hagerstown lacrosse team after Thursday.

Hunt became a one-man wrecking crew, scoring seven straight goals before being lifted late in the first half as Smithsburg outdistanced the Rebels 15-5 in an MVAL match at School Stadium.

In the girls game, Smithsburg's Emily Small and Laura Best each had a pair of goals to spot the Leopards to a 6-2 lead in a game suspended at the half due to a malfunctioning lighting system in the stadium. The game will be played in it's entirity at a later date.

Ashley Martz and Lauren Cecil each had a goal for South.

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"I would rate this as a pretty fair day for me," Hunt said of his performance in the boys game. "I was getting excellent feeds from my teammates which helped tremendously."

And the feeds came fast and furious.

After Smithsburg's Brent Barnes scored the first goal at the 11:19 mark, Hunt went to work tormenting South goaltender Austin Lewis with several point-blank shots from just outside the crease. Lewis, who had a pretty fair day himself with 23 saves, struggled to defend the Leopards attack.

Smithsburg's ability to foil the Rebels' best defensive efforts with a stingy, disciplined attack that seemingly camped just outside the Rebels' crease enabled the Leopards to build a 12-2 lead at the half.

"Sean was hot but we were playing good offense today," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "He has played better overall games but not one where he shot so well."

But in the second half, South rallied behind junior Antoine Cooper, who scored three goals and bolstered the flagging Rebel defense. South continued a spirited attack of its own, holding Smithsburg to just three goals.

"We stepped it up in the second half," South coach Tim Chakwin said. "Antoine especially took charge out there."

"Smithsburg is a really good team," Cooper said. "They work well together. But once we settled in and started playing, we stayed with them."

"South is coming," Dietrich said. "They will be there."

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