WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Hood College men's lacrosse team overcame an early deficit to defeat Washington & Jefferson on the road 15-10.
Inside the Box Score
- The Blazers got huge games from Grayson Zubradt and Zach Kauffman.
- Zubradt had five goals and an assist, just one goal and one point short of the school single-game record. He also became the first Hood player with more than one career five-goal game.
- Kauffman won 22 faceoffs, one shy of his own school record. He finished with 14 ground balls and added a goal and an assist.
- Alexander Elliott and Eddie Somerville each had three-goal days. Somerville added seven ground balls.
- John Hoffman and Noah Waterlander split time in goal. Hoffman had three saves in the first half, while Waterlander stopped four in the second.
How it Happened
- In the early going, the Blazers had trouble with the Presidents' duo of Kyle Heinig and Devon Curran. The duo combined to do all of the first half scoring for Washington & Jefferson, who jumped ahead 6-4 with 5:46 left in the second quarter.
- Hood rallied to tie the game before the end of the half. Elliott scored with 4:59 to go and Tristan Moreno tied it up with the help of Zubradt with 1:44 remaining.
- The two goals started a 10-1 run that spanned nearly 27 minutes of action. The Blazers' defense tightened in the second half, pitching a shutout in the third quarter. Sean Murphy opened the second half scoring with the go-ahead goal from an assist by Kooser with 12:46 to go in the third. Goals by Somerville, Elliott and Zubradt followed to make it 10-6 heading into the fourth.
- Alex Villegas scored an extra-man goal with 14:37 left in the game for a five-goal lead. Heinig scored to give W&J its first goal in nearly 25 minutes at 11:55 to cut Hood's lead to four. Zubradt scored twice in the next 45 seconds, however, as the Blazers' lead ballooned to seven, 14-7, after Somerville scored with 8:09 to go.
- Kauffman iced the game after winning his final face off of the day. He picked up the ground ball and finished with just five seconds to go for the final tally.
- Heinig finished with five goals and Curran had three. Bryan Whipkey had two goals and two assists. Noah Cohen made 18 saves.
- Hood dominated the battle for loose balls with 44 ground balls compared to only 20 for the Presidents.
- The Blazers also held a commanding 59-29 edge in shots.
Hood returns to Thomas Athletic Field on Saturday, March 4 against Westminster (Pa.).