Leopards do trick to shut down Rebels in lacrosse

April 16, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

All the hat tricks that were scored Tuesday night at School Stadium made the lacrosse doubleheader between Smithsburg and South Hagerstown resemble a magic show.

The bad thing for the Rebels is that it was only a one-team act.

Allyn Saling scored four goals and Liz Hutchinson and Amber Ford each had three to lead the Smithsburg girls to a 22-3 romp in the opening game and Josh Ritchey and Craig Trueblood each scored four times to lead the boys to a 15-1 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep.

· The Leopards girls (6-2) attempted four shots in the first minute and found the net for the first time with 22:30 left in the first half.

Smithsburg led 5-0 before South scored its only first-half goal with 16:56 left. Smithsburg reeled off 15 more goals before the Rebels scored again with 3:50 left in the game to make it 20-2.


Hutchinson also had four assists and was named team MVP for the game. It's the first time the junior got to take home the MVP Leopard that gets passed around to the outstanding player of each game.

"I was really excited because I haven't scored much. So I was like, 'I'm going to go out and score,'" said Hutchinson, who scored all three goals in the first half. "Then I said I wanted to go out and get two more assists after halftime."

Sabrina Madsen and Monica Hovermale each scored two goals, while Allie Nickels, Mallory Petty, Alexa Plumley, Meghan McSherry, Jade Tostanoski, Hannah Garver, Megan Bromley and Natalie Dilandro each added one for the Leopards.

That made 13 different scorers for Smithsburg, which also scored 13 goals in the first half and finished with 13 assists. Making matters even more strange was that Saling, who led the team in goals, wears the No. 13.

But the unlucky team was South (0-6), which was held to only four shots on goal. Kara Burgan, Victoria Robinson and Brittany Jones each scored for the Rebels.

"Our shot percentage was much better today than it has been in the past," said Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman, whose team scored twice in the last four minutes. "We haven't given up yet in any of our other games and we need to continue to work hard."

· Ritchey and Trueblood fueled the Smithsburg boys, who scored 11 goals in the second half.

A.J. Minnich added two goals and John Anderson, Kevan Schellenberg, Kyle Ritchey, Quinton Fogle, Brendan Roberts and Adam Sweeney each scored once for the Leopards (5-3).

The Leopards netted 15 goals despite going scoreless in the second quarter and suffering through a scoring drought of 14:41. The Leopards broke the funk by scoring six times in the third quarter.

"I just told them that how you play is how you will be remembered," said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. "We got a lot of playing time from the young kids and they played well."

Zach Kimmel scored the lone goal for South Hagerstown (2-4), which has yet to win a game on the field - the two Rebels wins came by forfeit.

n Play was halted for nearly 30 minutes with 1:08 left in the third quarter when Smithsburg junior attacker Chris Smith took a shot to the sternum and fell to the ground, jerking his neck.

An ambulance arrived shortly after and Smith told emergency personnel that he briefly lost consciousness. There was no word on Smith's condition, although those that spoke with him after the hit expected him to be OK.

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