Hood Men Battle Elements to Conquer Cazenovia

FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College men's lacrosse team (4-3) pushed its overall record back above the .500 mark with a 12-3 nonconference victory over the visiting Cazenovia College Wildcats (0-2) on a soggy Friday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

The Blazers and Wildcats endured a constant drizzle which intensified into a steady downpour for a good portion of the game.

Sophomore Mike Gallion got the Blazers on the board when he scored his first goal of the season and fourth of his Blazer career 3:37 into the first quarter. Classmate Scott Thompson followed with his seventh score of the year less than two minutes later off a feed from junior Dominique Shorter. The Wildcats cut the deficit in half when Cory Tilton notched his first goal of the season at the 5:01 mark, but Shorter found the back of the net with 19 seconds left in the first quarter as Hood led 3-1 after the first 15 minutes.

Hood owned the next two quarters, outscoring the Wildcats 6-0. Junior Kris Miner and Thompson scored a pair of goals in the run while freshman Trey Freeman and senior Sofiane Lazar registered single tallies. Lazar's goal drew him even with former Blazer Jason Anderson '08 for first place on Hood's career goal chart. Lazar has racked up 44 goals in his four seasons in the blue-and-grey.

Senior Blake Rust, Freeman and Shorter all scored over the first 4:08 of the fourth quarter as Hood stretched its lead to 12-1. Pete Davis and Josh Oliver tacked on tallies in the last five minutes of the game for the final margin.

Sophomore Calvin Burton recorded the first point of his Blazer career when he assisted on Freeman's second goal of the game in the fourth quarter.

Freshman goaltender Will Lane earned his third win of the season in the net by making nine saves over the first three quarters. Freshman John Martin and junior Nick O'Brien split the final quarter between the pipes and turned away two shots apiece.

Sophomore Hector Montoya won 9 of 18 face-offs while junior Dan Rocker and freshman Adam Patterson were credited with three caused turnovers apiece.

Hood outshot the Wildcats 35-27 and held a 48-33 edge on ground balls.

The Blazer men next travel to Randolph College Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. nonconference match-up.

2010-03-12



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