Eastern Finishes Strong to Defeat Hood

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College (1-4) was defeated by Eastern University (1-1) 8-5 Saturday afternoon. The Blazers squandered a fourth quarter lead and is still in search for its first home victory this season.

Senior Scott Thompson played a fine game in defeat. He scored three goals on the day and was constantly being active in the Blazer offense. Thompson also assisted on Shane O'Keefe's third quarter strike to give him four points for the day and nine on the season. Eastern was led by attacker Grant Ferguson, who scored two and assisted on two Eagle goals.

There was plenty of scoring to go around in the first quarter as both teams combined to score five times. Hood's first goal came from Thompson off a good feed from sophomore Mike Higgs. Freshman James Weger slotted Hood's second goal of the quarter on a powerful shot that beat Eastern goalkeeper Pat Groschan.

Freshman goalkeeper Cody Hass earned his first start as a Blazer and performed well making 13 saves on 21 shots. Hass and the rest of the Blazer defense performed great in the second and third quarter as they only allowed one Eastern goal in that stanza. Hood's defense was paced by sophomore Mark Filuta as he grabbed six groundballs.

The blue and grey were unable to maintain its momentum in the fourth period as they relinquished their goal lead going into the final stanza. Ferguson had a goal and an assist in the final quarter to push Eastern ahead. Hood just could not gain any momentum and saw the time run out on their chances with Eastern claiming the 8-5 win.

Sophomore Randolph Clark went 7-16 on face-offs and paced the Blazers in groundballs with seven on the afternoon. The two teams tied with 37 groundballs apiece.

Hood returns to action this Wednesday when they face Messiah in a home tilt at 3:30 p.m.

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FREDERICK, Md.- Even though they held a 27-11 advantage in shots through three periods, Eastern University (1-1) needed four goals in the fourth quarter to win 8-5 at Hood (1-4).

Grant Ferguson recorded two goals and two assists in the win. Though the two teams were tied 4-4 at intermission, Eastern Head Coach Kevin Wallace was not pleased with his team's early efforts.

"We had way too many turnovers," Wallace stated, "and we only scored four times on our first 27 shots. The first three periods did not look anything like the way we want to play."

Hood scored the only goal of the third period on a man-up goal with a little more than five minutes to play. From that point forward, the Eagles were able to stifle the Blazer attack and begin to build toward the dominating fourth period.

Wallace noted the play of junior midfielder Ron Johnson in changing the game in the fourth.

"He [Johnson] stepped it up and really took leadership in the fourth," Wallace said. "With Ron playing well, we were able to get into transition and play faster. The fourth quarter was looked like what we want the game to be."

Andy Jameson scored his first of the year from Chris Farrar to tie the game at 5-5 with 12:30 to play. Eighty-eight seconds later, Andrew Travers put the Eagles up for good on a feed from Ferguson. Ferguson then gave Eastern the first two-goal lead of the game just over a minute later.

The four-point effort from Ferguson was equaled by Farrar's goal and three assists. Farrar set up Ron Johnson for the final goal of the game with 3:42 left.

Will Johnson and Matt Soldano added first-half tallies for the Eagles. Pat Groschan made four saves in net to pick up the win for the Eagles. Hood's Cody Hass was credited with 13 saves in the loss.

Eastern returns to action against Wesley College in Virginia Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

2012-03-03



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