Boys Lacrosse: Leopards' rally takes fun out of Boonsboro's party

March 22, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — A huge home crowd geared up Boonsboro’s boys lacrosse team for its inaugural varsity game against Smithsburg on Thursday night.

The Warriors responded by jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first half, but couldn’t keep up with the Leopards as they dropped a 15-6 decision in the season opener for both teams.

Even a loss couldn’t wipe the smile from coach Phil Aversa’s face.

“The guys came to play in the first half and it was exciting to watch them play at that level, but Smithsburg made its adjustments,” Aversa said. “We didn’t give up, but I think Smithsburg’s experience helped them win. It was a good experience in front of a packed house for our first (varsity game) in history.”

Boonsboro’s Fred Funke drew first blood with 8:03 left in the first quarter before Smithsburg’s Kevin Grimm tied it up. Reiker Bowles scored to give the Warriors the 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter, followed by goals by Funke and Caleb Jardeleza to stretch Boonsboro’s lead to three.

Smithsburg came back as Dillan Harbaugh scored twice and Grimm scored again to tie the game at 4, but Justin Jardeleza put Boonsboro back ahead with a goal. Josh Thomas tied the game for Smithsburg in the closing minutes of the first half.

“(Boonsboro) has a good team. For only two years of JV experience, they have great athletes,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “Their goalie is all-world, too.”

Freshman netminder Alex Pizarro had 11 saves for the Warriors, but Smithsburg’s attack came out hard and fast in the second half, outscoring Boonsboro 10-1.

Harbaugh poured in four more scores to finish with six for the Leopards, while Grimm added four and Thomas had three goals. Justin Buckley and Ben Rowe also scored for Smithsburg. Thomas and Garrett Brenk each had two assists for Smithsburg.

 “We’ll be back to the drawing board tomorrow,” Aversa said. “We’ll figure out what was good and what wasn’t so good. The future looks bright for this team.”

Justin Jardeleza scored Boonsboro’s final goal.

JV: Smithsburg, 5-2.

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