Hood Downs Frostburg to Claim First-Ever CAC Berth

FREDERICK, Md.--Seniors Kris Miner and Dominique Shorter of Hood College (7-6, 3-4 CAC) registered three points apiece to lead the Blazers to an 8-5 Capital Athletic Conference victory over visiting Frostburg State University (4-11, 0-7 CAC) Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

The victory clinches the first-ever CAC playoff berth for the Blazers, who have been members of the CAC since the 2006-07 season. The Blazers, who recognized the team's seven seniors prior to the game, also set a program record for wins in a season (7).

Trey Freeman, the hero in Saturday's triple-overtime triumph at Marymount University, got the Blazers on the board 3:24 into the first quarter with his seventh score of the season off a feed from Miner. FSU's Zach Kowatch tied the game up at 1-1 at the 5:31 mark of the period with his eighth goal of the year. But the Blazers had the final say in the stanza when Randolph Clark ripped his sixth tally of the year with 1:43 left in the quarter.

The Bobcats would go on to score the game's next three goals to take a 4-2 edge with 2:47 left in the first half. But the Blazers rallied for a pair of clutch goals in the final 37 seconds, one by Alex Engler and the other by Ricky Orndorff, to head into the halftime break with momentum.

Miner regained the lead for Hood 4:37 into the third quarter when he scored his team-high 20th goal of the season. A little more than a minute later, Shorter racked up his second assist of the game when he fed Corey Roberts to make it 6-4 with 9:18 left in the quarter. But the Bobcats pulled to within one when Dan Dowd notched his second goal of the game and 24th of the year with 3:05 to play in the quarter.

Sophomore Will Lane came up with some incredible saves in the second half, many from Bobcat shots at point blank range. Meanwhile, the Blazers cashed in on a man-up opportunity when Shorter netted his 11th goal of the year off an Orndorff feed 3:06 into the fourth quarter, making it 7-5 Hood. Miner added an insurance goal with 6:37 left in regulation, his second of the game and 21st of the year.

Lane denied four Bobcat attempts in the final six minutes of the game to preserve the win for Hood, and finished the game with 13 total stops.

The Blazers look to make it three in a row, which would match the program's longest winning streak ever, when they host CAC foe St. Mary's College (Md.) Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Hood and SMCM are tied for fifth place in the standings with identical 3-4 league records.


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