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Girls Lacrosse: Saints, Fahey make Leopards fade

April 13, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Saint James' Madison Fahey, left, and Smithsburg's Mattie Hoover battle for a loose ball on Saturday during the Saints' 18-14 victory.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SAINT JAMES — Saint James junior midfielder Madison Fahey was all Smithsburg’s girls lacrosse team feared she would be on Saturday afternoon.

Fahey had seven goals and two assists, including four scores in the Saints’ game-opening 7-1 run as Saint James never trailed in an 18-14 victory over the Leopards.

“We built off of that. She established the momentum,” said Saints coach Katherine Dyson.

“We knew going in that she would be their goal-scorer,” said Smithsburg assistant coach Dave Duvall — filling in as the head coach for Jessica Klinger, who’s due to give birth soon. “Saint James is fast. ... Our transition (defense) needed help. We were ball-watching too much and not watching our backs.”

Fahey has 30 goals in four games for Saint James (2-2) to lead Washington County.

She opened the scoring just 20 seconds into Saturday’s contest, and made it 2-0 with 20:44 left in the first half. Her goal at 13:23 off a free position restart made it 4-1, and her hard shot from the left side capped the 7-1 start with 9:27 left in the half. Emerson Younger, Kerri Kline and Sophie Abeles had the other goals in the run.

Smithsburg (1-4) cut the lead to four on five different occasions but never got it closer.

The Leopards ended the first half on a 3-1 run on goals by Emily Seward, Sarah Thompson and Dominique DiLandro to go into halftime trailing only 10-6.

Both teams came out flying to start the second half, with eight goals scored in the first 6:21. Saint James scored five of those, by five different players — Abeles, Grace Fulton, Fahey, Younger and Kline — and Younger’s wraparound goal with 13:03 left gave the Saints a 16-9 lead.

“Our momentum sort of died at the end of the first half, but they picked it back up,” Dyson said. At halftime, we were talking about doing the things we do well, relaxing and enjoying the ride, not being so tense. We wanted as many people to score as possible.”

Smithsburg scored three goals in a 1:03 stretch — with Allison Cline, Seward and Megan Roberts finding the net — to cut the lead to 17-13 with 7:38 left. But Fahey’s goal off a free position restart with 6:07 left ended the Leopards momentum.

“We needed to slow it down behind goal (on offense) because we were tired,” Duvall said. “It was an aggressive game, which I like.”

Kline and Fulton each finished with three goals and an assist, and Younger also had three goals for Saint James. Abeles had two goals and an assist, and Heather Deiner and Lynn Hatcher had one assist each. Kristen Deiner made six saves.

DiLandro had five goals and an assist to lead Smithsburg, and has 17 goals in five games. Seward had three goals and two assists, Madison Duvall had two goals, Thompson had a goal and an assist, and Lily Mackley also scored. Corinne Burk made nine saves.

Note: Both teams combined to raise money for AutismSpeaks — the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization — either through one-time donations or through pledges of a certain amount per ground ball won.

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