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Boys Lacrosse: First-half outburst sparks Smithsburg

April 11, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Coming off of a one-goal loss to Thomas Johnson on Tuesday, Smithsburg’s boys lacrosse team bounced back with a 10-4 MVAL Antietam victory over South Hagerstown on Thursday.

However, the Leopards’ play was eerily similar.

Though Josiah Johnson drew first blood for South in the first quarter, Smithsburg (3-3, 2-0) scored all 10 of its goals in the first half, putting the Leopards on course for a comfortable win.

Garrett Ghafir tied the game at 1 with 8:09 left in the first quarter on an assist by Josh Thomas, followed by Ryan Milligan’s goal 3 1/2 minutes later to give the Leopards the lead for good.

The Leopards pushed the lead to 5-1 by the end of the first quarter as Ghafir and Thomas each scored his second goal and Ryan Karroll scored one.

Ghafir had four goals and Thomas had a hat trick by the midpoint of the second quarter, along with a man-advantage goal by Garrett Brenk to complete Smithsburg’s scoring. The Leopards had 18 shots on goal in the first half and led 10-3 at the break.

But Smithsburg couldn’t find the net in the second.

“It’s the same thing as Tuesday, it’s our shooting again,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “We were making a lot of mistakes — shooting poorly and forcing it.”

South (2-2, 1-2) locked down on defense, forcing Smithsburg into bad shots. Coupled with Garry Robinson’s performance in goal — he had 21 saves on 31 shots — the Rebels looked like a completely different team in the second half.

“Smithsburg was going to play fast. We knew that. Our boys have to learn to play that fast,” said South coach Dave Tallant. “We figured that out in the second half. If we cleaned up some mental errors, I think we could have been in the game in the first quarter.”

South scored the only goal of the second half, a shot by Matt Tallant in the third quarter assisted by Johnson. Tallant finished with two goals and an assist and Jordan Foster added a goal for South.

“I’m proud of the tenacity of both teams. Most of these boys know each other and know each other’s tendencies,” said Dave Tallant.

Thomas had three assists, Brenk had two and Karroll and Connor McNairn each had one for the Leopards.

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