FREDERICK, Md. - A slow start doomed Hood as the Blazers fell 13-5 to Lebanon Valley in Commonwealth Conference action.
The Dutchmen scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter to take command of the game early. Tai Foster (Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahou) scored twice in the second quarter for Hood, who trailed 9-2 at the half.
Randolph Clark (Chesapeake Beach, Md. / Northern) scored during third period off an assist from Patrick O'Brien (Ridley, Pa. / Ridley). In the fourth quarter, Nick Druelinger (Joppa, Md. / John Carroll) scored from long range off a pass from Sean Murphy (Chesapeake, Va. / Grassfield) and Brett Humphreys (Newark, Del. / Sanford) finished the scoring with just over three minutes left.
Malik Pedroso had a monster game for Dutchmen with five goals and four assists for nine points. Matt Roupe also had a multi-goal game for Lebanon Valley. Ryan Lanigan had four ground balls and Andrew Kruter forced three turnovers.
James Weger (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) had six ground balls and four caused turnovers for Hood.
The Blazers won 13-of-21 face offs in the match. Zach Kauffman (Lancaster, Pa. / Garden Spot) went 6-of-9, while Clark was 7-of-12. Hood won the ground ball battle 35-30.
Both teams made goalie changes at the half. For Hood, Joseph McCulloh (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) got the start and made six saves in the first half. John Hoffman (New Market, Md. / Oakdale) came on in the second half and stopped five shots. Mike Moll had four saves in the first half for Lebanon Valley, while Kevin Krasley made seven in the second half.
The Blazers travel to Elizabethtown on April 22 for a 4 p.m. contest.