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Boys Lacrosse: Leopold expands his game for Leopards

April 15, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Travis Leopold’s primary role on Smithsburg’s lacrosse team isn’t exactly a glamorous one. His job is to face off and get off the field — FOGO, in lacrosse prose.

He expanded on his FOGO duties Monday night, leading the Leopards with four goals en route to an 8-3 victory over St. Maria Goretti.

“(Leopold) was our FOGO, but he showed something tonight,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “He used his speed and lit it up.”

Leopold scored 2:30 into the game on an assist from Kyle Geblein after Smithsburg goalie Zach Schaeffer made a save and successfully cleared it downfield.

With 7:37 left in the first half, Leopold, a senior, pelted the back of the net again, this time off an assist from Connor McNarin, for the first multigoal game of his career.

“In our last game against Boonsboro, I did something stupid and (Dietrich) took me out,” Leopold said. “I wanted to prove something to him tonight.”

After Josh Thomas scored on an assist from Justin Buckley, Leopold notched a first-half hat trick with his third goal in the waning seconds of the second quarter to give Smithsburg (5-3) a 4-0 halftime lead.

Schaeffer made five first-half saves and finished with nine total. Of the three goals he gave up, two were man-advantage goals for the Gaels (8-4).

“The defense is unbelievable,” Dietrich said. “They’ve been playing great all year.”

Smithsburg’s defense was solid offensively, too, as junior Justin Rishell scored an insurance goal for the Leopards in the fourth quarter.

Mike Ewing scored two goals and Matt Casto had the other for the Gaels. Mike Fairley made nine saves.

“It was a great effort, Smithsburg just played better,” Goretti coach Keith Reitenbach said. “The offensive personnel needs to learn to control the tempo by possessing the ball. ... I thought (Fairley) performed tremendously. He’s a great goalie — the best we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

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