Leopards hold off 'Roaders

April 21, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Dillan Harbaugh takes a shot at the goal Thursday against Brunswick.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg boys lacrosse team got out to a fast start in its MVAL Antietam game against Brunswick on Thursday and held on for a 9-8 victory, after the Railroaders gave the Leopards a run for their money in the fourth quarter.

Up 9-5 with five minutes left in the game, all Smithsburg had to do was run out the clock to secure the win.

“We really needed to slow it down,” said Smithsburg midfielder Cullan Ganley. “When I got the ball, I just wanted to run the clock out.”

Brunswick’s defense and midfielders stayed on top of the Leopards, getting the ball away from them and setting up the dynamic duo of Tate Rolland and Dylan Hunt to score. Rolland scored first in the period at 4:08, and Hunt scored 50 seconds later to cut the deficit to two. Rolland scored one more time with 1:41 to go, and the Railroaders were still threatening.

“Their goalie got hot and our shots weren’t dropping,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “When they aren’t dropping, you give the other team an opportunity to come back.”

Smithsburg’s defense clamped down just in time, and the Leopards (6-1) prevailed over the Railroaders (4-5).

“We’ve been playing from behind all season, and tonight was the same,” said Brunswick coach Jeffrey Hartman. “We waited too long to turn it on. We had our opportunities, but it didn’t turn out for us.”

Smithsburg jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter thanks to Ganley — who recorded a hat trick in the period — and Kevin Grimm. Ganley finished with four goals and Grimm was right behind him with three.

“I get tired around the end of the game, so I like to get started early,” said Ganley.

Both teams traded two goals apiece in the second and third periods to allow Smithsburg to keep its four-goal lead heading into the fourth.

Rolland and Hunt finished with a hat trick apiece.

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