Boys Lacrosse: Smithsburg attacks, conquers North High

April 27, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg’s starting trio of attackmen did what they were supposed to do Friday night: Attack.

Dillan Harbuagh, Kevin Grimm and Josh Thomas each scored two goals for the Leopards as Smithsburg edged North Hagerstown in a 7-5 victory.

In a closely contested game, the Hubs had opportunities to take a late lead, but squandered them away with a few untimely gaffes.

“We made some mistakes that cost us,” North coach Hammond Umer said. “When you play Smithsburg, you have to play nearly perfect.”

One of the costly mistakes occurred late in the fourth quarter with the Hubs trailing 6-5. A blown slide assignment allowed Smithsburg’s Grimm to score his second goal of the game, sealing the win for the Leopards.

Harbaugh scored the game’s first goal 52 seconds after the opening whistle to give Smithsburg (7-3) an early lead. Matthew Hetzer tied the game 1-1 two minutes later for North (3-6).

Smithsburg and North practically traded goals throughout the first half. For the game, there were five lead changes and four ties.

Brandon Brown gave North its first lead of the game late in the first quarter when his goal put the Hubs up 2-1.

Harbaugh scored the first goal of the second quarter to tie the game at 2-2, but a Peter Perini goal put the Hubs back on top 3-2.

Ryan Kreun and Thomas each scored for Smithsburg in the latter minutes of the second quarter and Jason Moody scored a goal for North to keep the game deadlocked 4-4 going into halftime.

Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said the Leopards still need to put together a complete game, but he praised how well the team did with loose balls.

“We controlled the ground balls,” Dietrich said. “And I thought the close D played well.”

Grimm broke the 4-4 tie off a Thomas assist with 3:33 remaining in the third and Thomas added another Smithsburg goal minutes later to go up 6-4.

Perini recorded North Hagerstown’s last goal with 3:27 left in the game in a five-on-five situation after both Smithsburg and the Hubs committed non-releasable penalties.

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