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Knights turn Leopards into pawns

April 21, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG -- Middletown's boys lacrosse team put on a clinic at Smithsburg on Tuesday evening.

Zach Hansell had five goals and two assists, and John Gallaway added two goals and four assists as the Knights rolled to a 13-2 victory over the Leopards.

"They have too much firepower," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "They have a bunch of kids who can control the ball. We made some mistakes and we have to work on it."

Hansell assisted Sam Michaels' goal to open the scoring with 4:32 left in the first quarter, before Hansell scored 34 seconds later for a 2-0 lead after one period. Middletown (6-3) put six shots on goal in the first quarter, while Smithsburg (4-5) didn't have any.

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Cullan Ganley picked up a loose ball in the middle and fired from about 10 yards out for the Leopards' only goal of the first half, making it 2-1 just 27 seconds into the second quarter. The Knights responded with three goals for a 5-1 halftime lead.

Gallaway scored on a feed from Hansell with 8:36 left, Hansell scored unassisted with 6:32 left and Connor Duckett set up Gallaway's second goal with 1:44 to play for the Knights, who had 10 shots on goal to Smithsburg's two at halftime.

Middletown scored the first four goals of the third quarter -- Gallaway set up Duckett with 8:45 to play, Frank Romeo intercepted a pass by Smithsburg goalkeeper Nick Dilandro and raced in for a goal with 7:02 left, Michaels fed Hansell for a strike with 5:01 left and Luke Verdi scored unassisted on a run from midfield with 3:42 left.

Ganley set up Mark Chirdon for the Leopards' second and final goal with 1:06 left in the third quarter. The Knights outscored Smithsburg 4-0 in the fourth quarter, with Hansell netting two goals, Evan Clough and Matt Wein each scoring once, Gallaway getting two assists and Patrick Ryan adding an assist.

Middletown put 25 shots on goal to Smithsburg's 12. Dilandro made 12 saves for the Leopards.

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