Girls Lacrosse: Peterson gives Hubs the edge over Leopards

April 30, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Leah Peterson, left, and Smithsburg's Dominique Dilandro battle for the ball during the Hubs' 16-10 win.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Leah Peterson scored seven goals to lead North Hagerstown to a 16-10 win over Smithsburg Monday night in a makeup of a game that was postponed last week.

Neither team seemed to have trouble scoring as they combined for 10 goals in the first 15 minutes of the game.

Smithsburg (2-8) had a 1-0 lead — its only lead of the night — that lasted just over a minute, but the Leopard’s play gave North Hagerstown (10-1)fits through the first 25 minutes.

“We struggled in the first half on the draw and with ground balls,” North Hagerstown coach Katie Eck said. “Smithsburg came ready to play and it showed, especially on ground balls.”

Both teams scored at a feverish pace in the first half, scoring the game’s first goal at the 23:28 mark and the first half’s last goal 12 seconds before the halftime whistle.

Sydney Smith scored the game’s first goal to put Smithsburg up, but North’s Samantha Culp quickly tied the game.

Leah Peterson gave North Hagerstown its first lead with 19:36 remaining in the half and sister Kayla Peterson scored two minutes later to give the Hubs a 3-1 lead.

It was Leah Peterson’s second straight game with seven goals. She scored three out of North Hagerstown’s next four goals to cap her four-goal first half.

“(Leah Peterson) has been stable throughout the season,” Eck said. “She can get the offense started for us.”

Smithsburg’s Taylor Cline lead the Leopards with four goals for the second consecutive game. She scored her first just after North took a 4-2 lead.

The teams traded goals as North’s Madeline Palkovitz scored with 28 seconds left before half for the Hubs. Cline scored with 12 seconds left to cut North’s halftime lead to 11-6.

The teams played evenly in the second half, with North owning a 5-4 advantage, to close out the game.

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