FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College held a 6-5 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Susquehanna scored seven times in the final 12 minutes to escape with a 12-6 win over the Blazers.
Hood (3-7) went ahead 6-5 on a Tai Foster (Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahoe) score with 13:20 to play, but the Crusaders tied it up a minute later on a tally by Jake Calder. The Blazers were charged with a penalty at 11:17 and midway through the man up situation, Ryan Buckley took a feed from Austen Lein for what proved to be the game-winner.
Susquehanna (6-5) took a quick 2-0 lead after goals by Chet McLaughlin and Carmen Raroha in the first two and a half minutes of action. After the Blazers called timeout, Hood regrouped to score three times between the 5:55 and 4:02 marks of the opoening quarter. Alex Villegas (New Windsor, Md. / Francis Scott Key) got the Blazers on the board and Randolph Clark (Chesapeake Beach, Md. / Northern) tied it up wtih 4:56 on the clock. An assist by Brett Humphreys (Newark, Del. / Sanford) resulted in a go-ahead goal by Sean Murphy (Chesapeake, Va. / Grassfield) as the first quarter ended with Hood on top 3-2.
Adam Fox tied the score for the Crusaders early in the second quarter with an assist from Raroha, but Patrick O'Brien (Ridley, Pa. / Ridley) fed Villegas with 8:34 remaining as Hood went into halftime ahead 4-3.
Once play resumed, neither team scored until under three minutes remained in the third period. Raroha picked up another assist, feeding Calder to tie the game at 4-4 with 2:49 to go. O'Brien connected with Nick Druelinger (Joppa, Md. / John Carroll) during a Susquehanna penalty to reclaim the lead with 1:20 on the clock. With just 14 seconds to go in the third, Nick Citron made it a 5-5 game heading into the final period.
Villegas scored two goals and O'Brien handed out two assists to lead Hood. Clark won 13-of-16 face offs and had five ground balls. James Weger (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) continued to be a force defensively with five caused turnovers.
Joseph McCulloh (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) started in net and stopped 11 shots.
Calder scored a game-high three goals for the Crusaders, while Buckley and Citron also had multi-goal games. Raroha had three points from a goal and two assists. Kade McGregor snagged five ground balls.
Jonathan Berg started in goal and made five saves in the first half. Jared Knowlton played the second half and made four saves.
Hood held a 27-26 advantage on ground balls in the game.
The Blazers look to get back in the win column on April 5, when Lycoming visits for a Commonwealth Conference match at 1 p.m.