St. Mary's Charges Past Hood in CAC Finale

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College (7-7, 3-5 CAC) came up on the short end of a 16-3 Capital Athletic Conference decision to the visiting St. Mary's College (Md.) Seahawks (5-8, 4-4 CAC) Thursday at Thomas Athletic Field.

Seniors Dominique Shorter and Kris Miner accounted for Hood's three goals, all unassisted. Shorter's first goal evened the score at one four minutes into the first quarter. The Blazers were held scoreless for nearly 39 minutes until Miner notched his 22nd goal of the year with 2:07 left in the third quarter. Shorter tacked on his 13th of the season with 2:31 left in regulation.

Will Lane started the contest between the pipes and stopped seven shots while allowing eight goals. John Martin took over in the net in the second quarter and finished with six saves.

Randolph Clark won 10 face-offs for Hood while Hector Montoya was credited with three wins in the "X". George Mineff forced four turnovers on defense while Mike Gallion picked up three ground balls.

St. Mary's outshot Hood, 42-16, and scored four in the first quarter, six in the second and three apiece in the third and fourth periods. Dennis Rosson led the way with four goals and two assists and was one of 10 Seahawks to net at least one goal.

As a result of the loss, the Blazers slip to the No. 6 seed in the CAC standings and will travel to third-seeded University of Mary Washington Sunday to take on the Eagles in the opening round of the conference playoffs. The Eagles defeated York College (Pa.), 17-3, earlier today.

St. Mary's will travel to York in the other first-round matchup. The top two seeds, Salisbury University and Stevenson University, received first-round byes and will face-off for the CAC regular season title Saturday at Salisbury.

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Frederick, Md. St. Mary's dominated Hood Thursday afternoon, posting a 16-3 victory over the host Blazers and clinching the fifth seed in the upcoming 2011 Capital Athletic Conference tournament.

The first round of the CAC Tournament will be Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 pm and the Seahawks (5-8, 4-4 CAC) will travel to York College of Pennsylvania (10-5, 5-3 CAC), who claimed the fourth seed after dropping a 17-5 decision to University of Mary Washington this afternoon.

Senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) commanded the Seahawk offense with game-bests of four goals and two assists while junior attackman J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) continued his multiple-goal streak with three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) also registered three points with three assists.

The St. Mary's defensive unit restrained Hood (7-7, 3-5 CAC) to just 16 shots for the game, including a mere three in the first half, while the Blazers committed 31 turnovers, 19 of which were forced by the Seahawks. Junior defenseman Eric Heisner (Collegeville, Pa./La Salle College) and sophomore LSM Dalton Yohn (Taylorsville, Md./South Carroll) led the way with three caused turnovers each.

SMCM struck first as first-year midfielder Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School) found the back of the net at 13:22 before Hood's senior attackman Dominique Shorter (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) evened up the game over two minutes later. The Seahawks then scored three straight as Lennon tallied a goal and an assist in the run to give his team a 4-1 lead after one.

It was all St. Mary's in the second period as the visitors rattled off six unanswered goals to stretch their run to 10-0 for an 11-1 halftime advantage. Rosson and senior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) each notched two goals in the second quarter.

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