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Spots before their eyes - Leopards blur Hubs' vision with scoring onslaught in lacrosse sweep

April 02, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Smithsburg dominated North Hagerstown in a scholastic lacrosse doubleheader Tuesday at Mike Callas Stadium.

The Smithsburg girls (3-0) captured a 20-3 win in the opener and the boys (2-0) triumphed 17-1 in the second contest.

Sophomore Mark Chirdon put Smithsburg on the scoreboard in the nightcap and North countered minutes Ben Unger's goal for a 1-1 tie.

That was all the Hubs. It was all Smithsburg.

The Leopards led 8-1 after the first quarter and finished of the game with nine more scores, while the Hubs went scoreless.

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"Getting the early lead enabled us to use many players. The game experience they gained will definitely help us down the road," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "We hope to keep it going Thursday (against South Carroll)."

Cullan Ganley and Craig Trueblood added two goals each and Kevan Schellenberg, Josh Ritchey and David Conley added one apiece to break the 1-1 tie and give the Leopards the seven-goal lead.

Josh Ritchey collected four goals for Smithsburg, while Schellenberg and Ganley had three goals each. Bobby Gery added two fourth-quarter goals for the Leopards.

"We have a young team and we're trying to build a good program here, North High coach Rich Przywarty said. "We came out flat. The energy level picked up but we were facing a very tough team."

n The Smithsburg girls grabbed a 7-1 halftime lead and then completely dominated North (1-1) in the second half.

Amber Ford, Allyn Saling and Sabrina Madsen scored four goals each for the undefeated Leopards. Hannah Garver added three goals.

Goalkeeper Devin Williams had six saves.

"Our offense did a nice job but defense keeps you in games and we did an excellent job tonight, especially the strong efforts from Meg McSherry and Mallory Petty," Smithsburg coach Cheryl Dietrich said. "It was a big effort from the entire team."

North coach Sarah Mason said her team played well in the first half but made too many mistakes after intermission.

"We knew they would be tough. (Smithsburg) really stepped it up in the second half," Mason said. "Our goalie (Morgan Pedula) had 15 saves and Katie Bechtel was tenacious on defense."

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