HAGERSTOWN — Dillan Harbaugh scored a team-high four goals for Smithsburg and the Leopards went off for six third-quarter goals to put away St. Maria Goretti in a 13-1 victory Thursday.
Smithsburg (5-2) took a 3-0 lead into halftime, then came out with new life in the third quarter as the Leopards took total control.
“(Goretti) was frustrating us early but we finally got things figured out,” Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. “I told them at halftime to come out and play their game.”
The Leopards got the majority of their third-quarter goals within the first four minutes.
Harbaugh scored the first goal 19 seconds into the second half, assisted by Kevin Grimm — who found the net himself two minutes later to put Smithsburg up, 5-0.
John Wagner added another goal for the Leopards 30 seconds later when he scored from just inside the restraining box, and Grimm scored again when his shot trickled in after deflecting off of a Goretti defender to push Smithsburg’s lead to 7-0.
“It went from 3-0 to 7-0 in what seemed like a minute,” Gaels coach Keith Reitenbach said. “That’s lacrosse, though. Smithsburg was inspired and their guys stepped up.”
Josh Thomas scored a goal off another Grimm assist with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter. Ryan Milligan recorded the final Leopards goal of the third period with 2:45 left.
After a dismal 15.7 shooting percentage in the first half, the Leopards shot 47.6 percent in the second half and rolled up a 40-11 shots advantage over Goretti in the game.
Harbaugh scored the game’s first goal with 2:23 left in the first quarter. He struck again a minute into the second quarter off another Grimm assist.
Grimm finished the day with three goals and four assists.
Thomas scored his first of two goals with 4:51 remaining in the first half to put Smithsburg up 3-0 at the break.
“We played them tough at first and were hoping to stick with them,” Reitenbach said. “To their credit, they’re the power in Washington County and we’re hoping to get to the point where we can compete with them head-to-head.”
Andrew Ambroz scored the lone goal for Goretti (5-8).