SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg’s boys lacrosse team seems to have everything going right at Coach Carroll Reid Field, and Thursday’s game against South Hagerstown was no different.
The Leopards came out firing and didn’t let up until the fourth quarter en route to a decisive 18-2 MVAL Antietam win over the Rebels.
The Leopards (4-1) were paced by star attack Cullan Ganley, who led the team with four goals and four assists. Ganley opened the scoring three minutes into the first period off an assist by Kevin Grimm, who also tallied four assists. Grimm was second on the team with three goals.
“Our players did a real nice job controlling the ball,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich.
That control was prevalent in the first period, as Smithsburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead with scores by Dillan Harbaugh, Grimm, Jordan Williams, and Luke Slick.
South Hagerstown’s defense put up their best effort, but was no match for Smithsburg’s attack. The Rebels (0-4) were without first-string goalie Drake Kessell, and his absence was felt on South Hagerstown’s sideline.
“We didn’t have Drake available since he had a prior obligation, so we had to go with our second-string goalie (Alex Brogaard),” said South Hagerstown coach Clarence Washington.
Brogaard recorded 14 saves, but Smithsburg was on his side of the field relentlessly, getting 40 shots on goal.
“Our defense knew Smithsburg was going to attack, but if we had our first-string goalie, I think we would have been better,” Washington said.
The Leopards scored nine more goals in the second period — including two apiece from Ganley, Tanner Leach, and Josh Thomas — for a 15-1 lead heading into the second half. With the game essentialy in hand and the running clock in effect, Smithsburg scaled back its aggression in the final two periods.
“Our defense had gotten their heads down and needed a little pick-me-up,” said Washington. “I appreciate that Coach Dietrich turned down his attack in the second half.”
Dietrich kept his assessment of the game succinct.
“We did a good job on both sides of the ball,offense and defense both. We’ve got a little break and we’ll play again next Thursday (at Thomas Johnson).”
Chris Quante and Hunter Phillips scored for South Hagerstown. Quante was assisted by Nick Garland.