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Eppard, Henry lead Hubs with late goals

April 30, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- The Smithsburg Leopards opened Thursday evening's boys lacrosse game against North Hagerstown by celebrating Senior Night at Coach Carroll Reid Field.

By the end of the night, the Hubs were celebrating a dramatic 7-6 win.

After the score was tied at 5-5 for more than 14 minutes, Cullan Ganley scored his third goal of the game to put the Leopards (5-7) up 6-5 with 2:03 remaining.

Just nine seconds later, North's Zach Eppard gained control on the faceoff, raced upfield and scored his third goal of the game to even the score at 6 with 1:54 left.

Alex Henry then came through with the game-winning goal with 46 seconds left to put the Hubs ahead to stay.

Henry finished with two goals and two assists for North (5-7).

"I saw an opening and went for it," Henry said. "We needed a goal and I just put it in. I have to give credit to my whole team. Our defense just shut them down. Our offense just scored goals. Overall, it was a good all-around team effort. It was a great game by both sides. They played incredibly well right down to the wire.

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"(Smithsburg) had beaten us every year and sometimes it wasn't even close. Our program at North has improved dramatically this year. I give credit to all of the coaches and all of the players for that. We have a good team this year."

Bryan Wills and David Warren scored one goal each, while Caleb Mittel added an assist for the Hubs.

North raced to a 5-0 lead 55 seconds into the second quarter. The Leopards rallied to tie the game at 5 with 2:36 to go in the third.

"In the beginning, we moved the ball on offense the best that we have all season," Hubs coach Dave Tallant said. "We knew going into the game that Smithsburg will be a challenge. They are an excellent team and they showed that. They pulled back into the game. It was all heart by both teams from that point."

Kevin Grimm, Taylor Valencia and Bobby Gery scored one goal each for Smithsburg. Luke Slick, A.J. Minnich, Ryker Jernigan and Ganley each added an assist.

North won the JV game, 5-4.

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