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Leopards take time settling into their offense in rout

April 09, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- Senior attacker Mallory Petty scored four goals, and Smithsburg started slowly before rolling to a 16-1 victory over South Hagerstown on Thursday in a girls lacrosse game.

"I couldn't have scored four goals without the passing," Petty said. "Once I got the good passes, I was able to get in good position for the scores."

The Leopards (4-0) scored two goals in the first 4:09, as Sabrina Madsen and Alexa Plumley had one goal and one assist each.

After that, the Rebels (0-5) held the Leopards scoreless for the next 13:14.

"I think our girls came out a little slow," Smithsburg co-coach Cheryl Dietrich said. "Once they started working together, they did much better. They started working on plays and looking for each other. Once they settled down, they started playing much better. We had a variety of girls who scored. We have that talent where we can pass off to someone else."

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Madsen and Taylor Cline each had three goals and two assists for Smithsburg. Plumley added two goals and two assists. Sydney Smith, Danielle Harbaugh, Emily Seward and Nadia Gutierrez each added a goal, and Dominique Dilandro and Rebekah Minneck each had an assist.

"During the first 15 minutes, we were just firing at the goal," Leopards co-coach Patrick Ford said. "We weren't placing the ball. With 12 of our first 15 shots, we were firing right at the goalie's chest. We took a timeout and told our girls to just settle into their offense. After that, everything else just clicked."

The Leopards scored five goals in the final 7:37 of the first half for a 7-0 halftime advantage. They tallied the first four goals of the second half before the Rebels got their only goal, then scored the final five goals of the game.

Senior Lauren Marriner scored the only goal for South Hagerstown.

"We worked really hard on a zone defense and sliding, so we can cover the ball well," Rebels coach Bruce Buhrman said. "I thought our girls did very well. They are much improved. Their concentration and their dedication to the game really shows."

Smithsburg used two goalkeepers. Danielle Harbaugh made five saves and Erica Wisz added three saves.

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