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Boys Lacrosse: Oakdale knocks out Leopards

May 11, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — Zach Pard scored three goals to lead Oakdale past Smithsburg 8-5 in a Maryland Class 2A-1A West Region West Section semifinal Friday night.

Oakdale will play Brunswick on Monday in the section final.

Pard scored two of the Bears' first four goals through the first quarter and the opening minutes of the second. He completed the hat trick late in the third quarter.

"(Pard) is a junior and is one of our scoring leaders," Oakdale coach Mike Skena said. "We'll usually look to run the offense through him."

Oakdale (4-9) pounced on Smithsburg early, holding 4-0 advantage a minute into the second quarter.

"They jumped on us early and we couldn't recover," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said.

Oakdale's quick start was something Skena was hoping for after gutting out a hard-fought 8-4 win during the two teams' regular season matchup.

"We wanted to avoid a slugfest like we had in the first game," Skena said. "We wanted to score quickly and get out of here with a win."

The Leopards (8-5) were held scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the game, before Ryan Milligan netted Smithsburg's first goal on a fast-break opportunity.

Smithsburg had its chances to add more goals, but were plagued by mental mistakes for much of the game.

"The unforced errors really hurt us tonight," Dietrich said.

Oakdale's Conner Good complemented Pard's two early goals with two goals of his own. He scored 29 seconds into the game and added his second with 1:45 remaining in the opening quarter.

Rex Bennett scored for the Bears after Smithsburg's first goal to put Oakdale up 5-1, but a Leopards goal by Kevin Grimm made it 5-2 at halftime.

Oakdale came out hot in the second half, adding two goals within the first five minutes of the third quarter. Matt Klauka scored first, and then Bennett scored again off an assist from Morgan Daiger, giving the Bears a 7-2 lead.

Smithsburg's Garrett Ghafir scored in the closing minutes of the third quarter, but quick Oakdale response put the Bears up 8-3 going into the final quarter.

The Leopards made a late surge, getting fourth-quarter goals by Grimm and Garrett, but they couldn't complete the rally.

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