SMITHSBURG — A real genius in the movie “Real Genius” once said “there’s no defense like a good offense.”
The Saint James girls lacrosse team takes the quote literally.
Margaret Bacon provided much of the Saints’ offense on Saturday, scoring seven goals to pace a 17-12 victory over Smithsburg.
Saint James and Smithsburg were locked in a tight battle with neither team leading by more than one goal in the first half.
Saint James (3-0) padded a 5-4 lead with a 5-3 flurry, highlighted by two goals by Madison Fahey along with single scores by Bacon, Sarah Treger and Kerri Kline. Bacon had four goals and Fahey had three in the half.
“Bacon is one of our tri-captains and she brings the energy to our offense,” said Saint James coach Katherine Dyson. “Fahey, (Lena) Tilsworth and she keep the attack focused. Everything goes through her.”
Dominique DiLandro scored all three Smithsburg goals in the stretch to keep the Leopards within 10-7 at the half.
Sarah Thompson and Brooke Penwell got the Leopards started in the second half with a goal each to move Smithsburg within 10-9.
“Defensively, (Smithsburg’s) fast breaks killed us,” said Dyson. “The Leopards had a strong attack, too. They have some fast girls on that team.”
Even with the early second-half scare, Smithsburg failed to keep up the pace.
Saint James kept up the attack as Bacon scored her last three goals, while Kline and Fahey added one each. Fahey finished with five goals and Kline added three for the Saints.
“Kline is a new player for our varsity, and as a new player, she’s finding her voice,” Dyson said. “I hope that today was her breakout performance and that she keeps it up for our next game against Mercersburg.”
Smithsburg could only counter three times on goals by DiLandro, Taylor Cline and Madison Duvall.
DiLandro had four goals for the Leopards, while Cline and Duvall added two goals each. Nadya Gutierrez and Emily Seward rounded out Smithsburg’s scoring.
Grace Fulton also scored for the Saints, while Kate Sweeney collected five saves in goal.