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Roaders score late, edge Leopards

April 23, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- For two weeks, the Smithsburg girls lacrosse team endured about 13 players missing from the roster.

On Thursday, one absentee ended up being the difference in the game.

Brunswick's Brooke Prince scored on a quick shot on a power play with 41.5 seconds remaining on Thursday to lift the Railroaders to an 8-7 victory to hand the Leopards their first loss of the season.

"We've been off for two weeks because two-thirds of the team was on a school band trip," said Smithsburg co-coach Patrick Ford. "They were on the bus for 18 hours and literally got off and came to play."

While the trip took away some of Smithsburg's continuity, the basics of the game led to the Leopards' downfall.

"What cost us tonight were ground balls, patience and penalties," Ford said.

Smithsburg (4-1) fought back from a 7-4 deficit to tie the game at 7 with 2:45 remaining on a shot off a foul. With the teams positioned off the ball, Taylor Kline had a free start at the goal from the left wing and converted the chance.

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It started a mad scramble from the ensuing faceoff to get in position for a winning goal. Smithsburg was served with a yellow card with 1:11 remaining -- essentially leaving the Leopards short-handed for the rest of the game.

Brunswick capitalized on the opening, as Prince charged from the right side to pop in a shot just outside the crease into the top left corner of the goal past keeper Danielle Harbaugh.

"When you get a yellow card in the last two minutes of the game, it's tough," Ford said. "There is no rule against stalling in girls lacrosse, so Brunswick took their time and made it tough to come back."

Smithsburg made one last swoop at trying to get a tying goal, keeping the ball in the offensive end for much of the final time. The Leopards made a final charge in the last six seconds and were on Brunswick's doorstep, but failed to get off a quality shot.

Smithsburg had trouble mounting a consistent offensive attack, needing penalty shots on three occasions to get on the scoreboard.

Brunswick led 5-3 at the half and maintained at least a two-goal advantage until Smithsburg scored three goals in four minutes, 12 seconds to tie the game. Mallory Petty scored, followed by two goals by Kline to get the tie.

Kline finished with three goals for Smithsburg, while Petty had two and Monica Hovermale and Alexa Plumley added one each. Prince and Jordyn Hutchins had two goals each for Brunswick.

"It's only one loss," Ford said.

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