St. Maria Goretti High School’s girls lacrosse team is celebrating an historic win in the program’s history. The Gaels beat Smithsburg High School’s Leopards 22-21 with no goalie for Goretti’s team the entire game and with only 11 players versus Smithsburg’s 12. Not to mention those same 11 players were on the field for the entirety of the 50-minute game with no substitutes.

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Goretti’s head girls lacrosse coach Sheaffer Reese explained that the team knowingly and willingly entered Tuesday evening’s game at Smithsburg sans goalie but with a set plan for draws, defense, and control.

“We had several players including both goalies who missed a practice and were benched for the game,” Reese said. “But, we had a plan in place and focused on controlling the ball, running down the clock with possession, and only when Smithsburg got the ball past mid-field would we concede to their goal.”

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Reese expressed what the game meant to the team, and how their determination made the win a reality.

“In all my years of coaching, I’ve never heard of this happening,” Reese said. “Last night, we found our soul as a team and the girls went into the game believing it was possible to win. We made history and this meant the world to them.”

The Goretti girls lacrosse team is currently 4-1 for the season.

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