HAGERSTOWN — Smithsburg’s boys lacrosse squad put the “team” in “steamroller” in Thursday’s MVAL Antietam matchup against South Hagerstown.
Twelve different Leopards scored as Smithsburg dispatched the Rebels 15-3 to stay perfect on the season.
The Leopards (4-0, 3-0) opened the game with three straight goals by Dillan Harbaugh, Chase Scott and Justin Buckley for a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Corey Dunkin added a score a minute into the second quarter.
Cole Barnhart got the Rebels (0-4, 0-3) on the board with a goal 10 seconds later, but Smithsburg’s attack kept on coming. Travis Leopold, John Wagner and Ryker Jernigan each scored to give the Leopards a 7-1 halftime lead.
“We’ve had some injuries so we’ve had to improvise,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “The kids came through today.”
South opened the second-half scoring when Noah Wright scored with 8:43 remaining in the third quarter. Dalton Condo, Kevin Grimm and Ryan Kreun followed with goals for the Leopards.
“(Smithsburg) is a well-established and well-coached team,” said South coach Dave Tallant. “One of our milestones as a team was to be able to play and be competitive with them. I’m proud of the way we played with them and kept on fighting.”
Scott scored his second goal with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter, and was followed by Wagner, Ben Rowe and Tanner Leach. Kreun scored Smithsburg’s final goal just before time expired.
South’s third and final score came from the most unlikely of players, as goalie Drake Kessell sprinted from the cage with 39 seconds left to sneak a shot past Smithsburg goalie Clayton Layman. Kessell also made 12 saves.
“(A goal) was one of Drake’s long-term high school goals that manifested itself tonight,” Tallant said. “Midfielder Tyler Bradshaw made the heads-up play to step back (into South’s zone) and let him go. We teach finishing strong.”
Dietrich gave praise to his defense. The Leopards allowed a paltry eight shots on goal in the game.
“The defense was stellar tonight. They held it together,” said Dietrich. “They kept us in it until we got it straightened out on offense.”