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Boys Lacrosse: Cadets surge past Leopards in 2nd half

April 23, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — It was all about the second half for the Frederick boys lacrosse team Tuesday night.

After being tied with Smithsburg at halftime, the Cadets picked it up in the second half and came away with an 11-8 victory at Coach Carroll Reid Field.

“We’ve always been a second-half team,” said Frederick coach Erik Neidinger. “As long as we can keep it close in the first half, we usually play our best in the second half.”

The Cadets (6-5) could not have kept it any closer in the first half with Smithsburg as they were knotted in a 5-5 tie at the break.

Neidinger said it was important to control the faceoffs, and the Cadets were able to do that, winning 10 out of 16.

“We have been working diligently on faceoffs in practice,” Neidinger said. “It’s been a focal point for us.”

Attackman Alex Levine spurred Frederick offensively and finished with four goals and three assists. He set the tone for the second half after intercepting an errant pass, making a quick stick fake and scoring the Cadets’ first goal after the intermission.

Levine assisted the next Frederick goal — scored by Joseph Guillen — on an extra-man opportunity, then scored the next goal to put the Knights up 8-5 with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter.

The Leopards (5-5) didn’t get their first goal of the second half until the :48.7 mark of the third quarter when sophomore Garrett Brenk scored as he got clobbered by a defender.

Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich mentioned unforced errors in his postgame speech to the team, among other reasons for a subpar second half.

“We gave them opportunities by not taking advantage of the ones we had,” Dietrich said. “We have to concentrate on what we do best — stick handling. We didn’t do that today.”

Levine scored the game’s opening goal 37 seconds into the contest, but was quickly answered by a Josh Thomas goal off an assist from Justin Buckley for Smithsburg.

The Cadets held a 4-2 lead after the opening quarter, but that evaporated in the second quarter as the Leopards outscored their counterpart 3-1 to go into halftime with a 5-5 tie.

Brenk, Thomas and Ryan Kreun finished with two goals each for Smithsburg.

Guillen recorded two goals in the win for Frederick and goalkeeper Alex Huber racked up 14 saves.

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