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Cline nets six goals, Leopards' seniors shine

April 02, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cline had six goals and two assists, and Smithsburg's girls lacrosse team built a four-goal lead in the second half before holding on for a 16-15 victory over Saint James on Thursday.

"I think our transition team was the key to our victory," Leopards co-coach Patrick Ford said. "We were able to get the ball up the field and then the offense controlled it. We were able to run our offense well."

Nadia Gutierrez and Mallory Petty each had three goals for the Leopards (2-0). Monica Hovermale added two goals and an assist, while Alexa Plumley also had two goals each. Sophomore goalie Danielle Harbaugh made 11 saves.

"We have excellent senior leadership," Ford said. "Mallory and Alexa control the offense. With the experience that they have, that allows us to run a precision offense."

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"Jessica Kelly and Rebekah Minneck are the foundation of our defense," Smithsburg co-coach Cheryl Dietrich said. "They are also seniors and they help the young kids get settled."

Senior Mary Bacon and sophomore Margaret Bacon scored six goals each for Saint James (1-2). Courtney Peterson had two goals and two assists, while Rachel Herrera added a goal.

"We just didn't come out strong in the beginning," Saints coach Millie McKeachie said. "We got down by a few goals. We came back real good, but the clock ran out on us. I was impressed with Smithsburg's overall hustle all over the field. They were excellent in the midfield. They took it to the level that they wanted to."

Smithsburg took the lead for good at 9-8 with one minute remaining in the first half when Hovermale scored her first goal of the game. The Leopards took their biggest lead at 14-10 with 14:04 left in the second half on Hovermale's second goal.

Saint James rallied to narrow the gap to 16-15 with 1:08 left when Margaret Bacon scored a goal on an assist by Mary Bacon. Smithsburg gained control on the restart and froze the ball to run out the clock.

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