Freeman Lifts Hood to Triple OT Win at Marymount

ARLINGTON, Va.--Sophomore Trey Freeman of Hood College (6-6, 2-4 CAC) scored the game-winning goal 1:50 into the third overtime period to propel the Blazers to a dramatic 12-11 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over Marymount University (2-12, 0-6 CAC) Saturday evening.

The Blazers are now 3-0 in overtime games this season, with all three victories coming on the road. This was Hood's first-ever triple-overtime game in program history, and its second-ever CAC win.

The Blazers are currently tied with St. Mary's College (Md.) for sixth place in the CAC. A win Tuesday against Frostburg State University would lock up a playoff berth for the Blazers, which would mark the first time in program history that Hood would compete in the postseason.

Despite taking an early lead, Hood was forced to play catch up for most of the night. Dominique Shorter pocketed two first-quarter goals, but the Saints finished the quarter with three unanswered scores and led 4-2 after one.

The Saints once again doubled up the Blazers in the scoring column in quarter number two and held an 8-4 edge at halftime.

Hood came out of the intermission strong, ripping three straight goals by Freeman, Alex Engler and Randolph Clark to close to within one.

The Blazers kept battling in the fourth quarter as well and reeled off the final three scores of regulation, including one by Kris Miner with 32 seconds left to draw the Blazers even. Hood won the next face-off and Clark fired a shot on net in the closing seconds but it was saved by Ross Fernandez, sending the game into overtime.

Hood also won the first face-off of overtime, but was unable to find the back of the net. Will Lane came up with a stop on Connor Kellogg's attempt with nine seconds left, and the two teams faced a second four-minute sudden-victory stanza.

This time Marymount controlled the face-off and immediately called timeout to set up a play. Lane stood tough and denied not just one, but three Saint shots in the second overtime to preserve the tie.

In the third overtime, Marymount won the face-off and after calling timeout, got the ball around again to Kellogg whose shot ricocheted off the post. Michael Gallion picked up the ground ball and Hood cleared the ball into its offensive zone and called timeout. A shot by Miner was off the mark, but Hood retained possession and Freeman came up with the clutch goal, his sixth of the season, to clinch the crucial CAC win for the Blazers.

Miner finished with a game-high four goals while Freeman had three and Shorter had two. Engler, Clark and Doug Brisbane added single tallies in the win.

Hood won 17 face-offs while Lane and John Martin combined for 13 saves.

The Blazers and Bobcats face-off in a critical CAC contest at 4:00 p.m. at Thomas Athletic Field.

2011-04-10



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