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Leopards' LAX teams score early, often

April 25, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards lacrosse teams had no problems finding the net Thursday night.

Smithsburg swept the South Hagerstown Rebels in a doubleheader, winning the boys game, 15-0, and the girls game, 18-1.

In the boys game, Smithsburg (5-2) built a 4-0 lead over South Hagerstown (0-5) in the first quarter when senior Sean Hunt and junior Mike Trueblood scored two goals each.

"Sean Hunt and Mike Trueblood are our shooters," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "They are the people that we go to. It's always nice to get a lead and then you can relax."

Smithsburg increased its advantage to 9-0 by halftime.

Hunt finished with four goals, while Trueblood added two assists. Daniel Faulders, Justin Mackrell and Kyle Schellenberg added two goals each, while Brad Schaffer, Matt Thompson and Garrett Kieffer got one goal each.

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Schellenberg and Mackrell added two assists each, while Zachary Kieffer and Schaffer had one assist each for the Leopards. Goalkeeper Nelson Velez made six saves.

South Hagerstown goalkeeper Brandon Carbaugh made 17 saves, as he was under attack all game.

"Smithsburg is a real experienced program," South Hagerstown coach Andrew Crouse said. "They beat us right off the gate with fundamentals. We're still trying to play catch-up after we went the first month without practice. But I believe that the kids are continuing to make progress."

In the girls game, Smithsburg (1-3) raced out to a 12-0 halftime lead against South (0-4).

"It feels good to get that first win," Smithsburg coach Nancy Bates said. "It's what the girls needed."

Junior Laura Best had three goals for Smithsburg. Jordan Williams, Lauren Layman and Samantha Keller added two goals each.

"I absolutely feel that we ought to be a strong team in a few years," Bates said.

Amber Karn had the only goal for South Hagerstown. Freshman goalkeeper Lacey Reichert made seven saves.

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