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Well-balanced attack paces Hubs

April 29, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Lyndsay Knapp tries to move the ball against Smithsburg's Janice Edwards on Thursday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Six different players scored for the North Hagerstown Hubs as they beat the Smithsburg Leopards 8-5 on Thursday night in a Washington County high school girls lacrosse game at Coach Carroll Reid Field.

“We did great,” North coach Katie Eck said. “We had three games where we lost by only one goal. We had worked so hard. It was evident by our play tonight. It was nice to have a game go our way. We have a very balanced offense. We are definitely improving on looking to our teammates.”

Eck also complimented the Hubs’ defense.

“Emma Moss came up really big for us tonight at goalkeeper,” Eck said. “We had good communication on defense tonight and that helped us to play well together.”

Smithsburg (2-4) took an early 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Taylor Cline, with the first one being assisted by Nadya Gutierrez.

After that, North (2-5) got its well-balanced scoring attack going and scored the last five goals of the first half.

Samantha Culp, Lyndsay Knapp and Maddie Palkovitz scored one goal apiece to give the Hubs the lead for good at 3-2 with 6:25 remaining in the first half.

Kristen Mazzei then scored two unassisted goals to give the Hubs a 5-2 lead at halftime.

“We really got it together on the offense,” Mazzei said. “We really worked together as a team to help out each other. We were all upset about our really close loss to Brunswick on Tuesday. I really wanted to show the team that we can really be strong at the net. We look for several options on offense, instead of having just one or two players score all of the time.”

Mazzei had plenty of praise for her teammates.

“We had been struggling in the past,” she said. “I’m really proud of my team for stepping it up this year, especially our goalkeeper Emma Moss. She is a freshman, but she has really been a key player for us. She has always been there to help out.”

Just 4:51 into the second half, Anna Compton scored to increase the Hubs’ advantage to 6-2.

But Dominique Dilandro got a goal and Nadya Gutierrez scored a goal on an assist by Cline as the Leopards narrowed the gap to 6-4 with 8:43 to go.

However, Palkovitz got her second goal of the game and Cali Durning scored a goal on an assist by Alissa Miller as the Hubs stretched their lead to 8-4 with 4:10 left.

Janice Edwards scored the Leopards’ final goal with 3:40 left to reduce the deficit to the final margin of 8-5.

“I think my girls did a super job,” Smithsburg coach Cheryl Dietrich said. “They played their hearts out and that is all that I can ask of them. For a young team, they did a good job. Our midfield played the whole game. We had no substitutions.”

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