Blazers Outlasted by Albright on Senior Day
FREDERICK, Md. - A big fourth quarter by Albright spoiled Hood College's Senior Day, 11-6, in Commonwealth Conference action.
A man-up goal by Brett Humphreys (Newark, Del. / Sanford) sent the Blazers into the fourth trailing just 7-5. But back-to-back goals by Phil Potter started a 4-0 run by the Lions to put the game away.
In the first quarter, Hood struck first. With 10:19 left, Randolph Clark (Chesapeake Beach, Md. / Northern) cleared the ball and continued in for a 1-0 Blazer lead. Albright scored the next four goals, but a Tai Foster (Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahou) tally with 2:38 left cut the deficit to 4-2 at the end of the period.
Foster struck again with 9:20 left in the half to bring Hood within 4-3. The Blazer defense nearly shut out the Lions in the second quarter, but James Egleston found the back of the net with 22 seconds left to make it 5-3 at the break.
Hood made it a one-goal game in the third quarter when Alex Villegas (New Windsor, Md. / Francis Scott Key) scored with 7:46 left, but T.J. Holston and Andrew Potter scored to stretch the Lion lead to 7-4 before Humphreys' marker ended the period.
Foster led Hood with two goals. Clark added a goal and an assist for two points and had five ground balls. Villegas also finished with two points.
James Weger (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) led the defense with eight ground balls and six caused turnovers. Domenic Cetrone (Odenton, Md. / Arundel) added five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Joseph McCulloh (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) stopped 16 shots in net.
Phil Potter scored three goals and assisted on another for four points. Holston added two goals, an assist and had five ground balls. Darian Meador won 14-of-20 face offs and had seven ground balls.
Jordan DiZenzo made six saves.
Before the match, Hood recognized its seven seniors: Clark, Cetrone, Dan Jacobs (Hillsborough, N.J. / Hillsborough), Billy Larrimore (Baltimore, Md. / Lansdowne), John Martin (Thornton, Pa. / Garnet Valley), Chris Patschak (Woodsboro, Md. / Walkersville), and Peter Rodriguez (Woodbridge, Va. / Freedom).
The loss concludes Hood's season.
Clark capped his career with 108 ground balls and 145 face off wins, second and third in the Blazer records, respectively. For his career, he extended his Hood records to 425 ground balls and 537 face off victories. He ranks among the all-time leaders with 37 goals (tied for sixth), 14 assists (tied for ninth), and 51 points (ninth).
Villegas had a strong rookie year. His 34 points are the second best total in school history, his 21 goals are tied for fourth in a season all-time for the Blazers, and his 13 assists are fifth.
McCulloh finishes the year with 415 career saves (second all-time) and 154 this year (fifth).
Weger brought his career total to 194 ground balls (second) and extended his career record to 142 caused turnovers after tallying 49 (second) this year.
As a team, Hood scored 111 goals, the second most in school history. Defensively, the Blazers allowed the third fewest goals in school history (157). The squad also won 58 percent of its face offs (second).