FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College men's lacrosse team (3-12, 0-6 Commonwealth) was defeated by Alvernia University (5-9, 1-4 Commonwealth) 9-3 at Thomas Athletic Field Saturday afternoon. On a day when Hood honored their six seniors for Senior Day, the Blazers played a valiant game and dominated in numerous statistical categories, however the Crusaders used a solid second and third period to pull away and take the victory.
Senior attacker Alex Engler continued his adequate run of form as he scored his sixth goal of the season to give him a team leading 17 points for the campaign. Engler also had two groundballs and a caused turnover to give him a very solid outing on Senior Day.
Freshman Zachary Speights was the first Blazer scorer of the afternoon with a tally in the first period to tie the game at one apiece. Alvernia answered with three unanswered goals until Engler's strike took the two sides into halftime with the score at 4-2 in favor of the Crusaders.
Out of the break junior Billy Larrimore scored his second goal of the season to bring the crowd at Thomas Athletic Field to life with the score at 4-3. However, Alvernia withstood the onslaught with five unanswered goals. Leading the way was Jared Toll, who netted three goals in the stretch, while Brian Ray tallied the other two.
In the game Hood dominated in total shots with a 45-32 advantage. The Blazers also held a considerable advantage in groundballs with 49 to the Crusaders 31. Junior Randolph Clark was a big reason for that as he snatched a game high 11 groundballs and won 12 of his 14 faceoff attempts.
Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph McCulloh made nine saves in defeat, including some very good leg saves to keep Hood alive. Alvernia goalkeeper Brandon Weaver may have been the man of the match as he continuously made save after save to keep the Hood attack at bay. Weaver picked up the victory and was credited with a staggering 16 saves on the afternoon.
Hood has the week off and will return to action next Saturday when they take on Lycoming College in the squad's final away game of the season. The game will begin at approximately 1 p.m.
June 21, 2013 Hood Places 31 on 2013 MAC Spring Academic Honor Roll
May 30, 2013 Clark Ends 2013 Campaign Ranked Among Nation's Best
May 28, 2013 Tom Dickman Named Director of Athletics at Hood
April 29, 2013 Weger, Clark Named Honorable Mention All-Conference
April 27, 2013 Hood Falls in Season Finale to Widener, 17-7
April 20, 2013 Engler Nets Four Points in 11-5 Setback at Lycoming
April 13, 2013 Blazers Fall on Senior Day to Alvernia, 9-3
April 10, 2013 Blazers Upended by Messiah, 15-6
April 6, 2013 LVC Defeats Hood Men, 11-2
April 2, 2013 Feature Story: Jersey Numbers
March 28, 2013 Albright Downs Hood, 18-0
March 21, 2013 Men's Lax Outduels UMass-Boston, 10-7
March 13, 2013 Hood Beaten on the Road at Misericordia, 10-6
March 8, 2013 Hood Falls to Neumann, 10-8
March 2, 2013 Blazers Fall at Eastern, 13-2
February 27, 2013 Men's Lax Falls to Shenandoah, 8-5
February 23, 2013 Blazers Upend Rosemont in 16-4 Triumph
February 18, 2013 Athletic Department to Host Blue and Grey Golf Tournament
February 16, 2013 Blazers Fall in Season Opener to Catholic, 9-1
January 4, 2013 Hood Hosts SPURS 5K Run/Walk on April 7
August 15, 2012 Hood Men's Lax Signs Equipment Deal with Maverik Lacrosse