SMITHSBURG — Joe Dietrich knew there was something a little bit special about Tuesday’s boys lacrosse match.
There was a lot of noise and buzz around Coach Carroll Reid Field that this match for the Leopards was important. First, it was Senior Night, but there was also a chance that Smithsburg was going to hand its longtime coach a major milestone.
The Leopards came through in grand fashion with a 16-4 victory over Catoctin behind seven goals by Cullan Ganley. And with that, Dietrich had his 200th victory.
The reaction? Typical Dietrich. He’s done this 199 times before and hopes to do it a 201st time soon.
“Sure,” Dietrich said, acknowledging that the win was meaningful. “The kids did a nice job. We hoped to get a decent lead right away. That way we could get anybody in. No one likes to stand and watch all the time.”
The Leopards made sure that wouldn’t happen. Smithsburg scored five times in the first 3 1/2 minutes and led 8-1 after the first quarter to take any suspense away from the outcome.
Smithsburg’s players — anchored by six seniors — talked about getting even with the Cougars for the football team’s shutout at the hands of Catoctin last fall. There was a little more to it, though.
“It was Senior Night and we wanted to have some fun,” said Ganley, who scored five goals in the first 19:10 of the match. “The only way you are going to have any fun is if you get on top early.”
With the first goal accomplished, the Leopards turned to finishing off Dietrich’s big victory in style. Ganley scored three times in the first period, starting after Dillan Harbaugh scored twice and Kevin Grimm got the first of his two in the period for the early 7-0 lead.
Jordan Williams closed out the quarter for the seven-goal lead after one quarter.
Ganley added three in the second quarter and Grimm and Harbaugh got one more each for a 13-2 halftime lead. Smithsburg had the ball in the offensive end for much of the half.
The win stands as a crowning achievement for the 22-year-old Smithsburg program, all coached by Dietrich.
“This means a lot,” said Ganley of being part of the milestone. “You look around here and there have been a long line of players who have come through here. Coach is the heart of lacrosse here. He runs this his way and if you don’t like it, you get out. It’s 22 years of a winning tradition. He is Smithsburg lacrosse.”
Much of the second half was played under a running clock because of a 12-goal deficit. Ganley and Luke Slick scored to give the Leopards a 15-2 lead at the end of the third quarter. Williams got his second goal to close out the game in the fourth.
J.D. Wilhelm, James King, Garrett Keyser and Chris Lowery had Catoctin’s goals.
“I’ve just try to get the players fired up and intense,” Dietrich said of his contributions. “We have had some good kids who were athletes with good attitudes to make us look good.”