Hood Loses One-Goal Heartbreaker to Misericordia

FREDERICK, Md.-Hood College (2-6) was defeated by Misericorida (2-1) on a last second goal with just 3.3 seconds remaining. The Blazers did not trail in the second half until the goal and are left again wondering how they let a fourth quarter lead slip away.

The last two minutes of the contest were played at a frantic pace as each team was looking to score the game winning goal. Hood had the ball in Cougar territory with 15.0 seconds remaining but was unable to capitalize on a Patrick O'Leary shot. Misericorida goalkeeper Patrick Johnson then perhaps made the play of the game with a great pass in stride to attacker Matt Gonzalez. Gonzalez took the ball around midfield and with a number of Blazer players behind the ball Gonzalez was able to get in position and shoot past the stick of goalkeeper Joey McCulloh with just 3.3 seconds remaining.

In what turned out to be a beautiful day at Thomas Athletic Field the blue and grey came out with plenty of passion. Freshman Shane O'Keefe scored a running goal in the first minute of the game to give Hood early momentum. It only took the Cougars just 58 seconds to answer as attacker Andrew Reynolds scored to tie the game up. Senior Scott Thompson scored his team leading ninth goal to retake the lead, however Misericorida recovered as Lee Blair scored tying the game back up at two.

Senior attacker Trey Freeman then got into the action scoring with a man down to energize the team and the crowd. Freeman had a stellar game on offense and defense as he was constantly making it tough on the Cougar defense and getting his teammates good looks at goal. Senior Corey Roberts and sophomore Randolph Clark also got into the scoring action each scoring a goal in the third period.

Hood took a two goal lead into the fourth period but it was quickly relinquished with two

Cougar goals by J.R. Lauri and Sean McGuigan. Senior Ricky Orndorff thought he had won the game for Hood as he scored a crucial goal with 5:31 remaining to give Hood a 7-6 lead. The lead though was short lived as just 24 seconds later Reynolds notched his second goal of the game to tie it all up at seven with five minutes remaining. Both teams had opportunities to finish in the final five minutes but in the end it was Gonzalez and Misericordia that finished with the slimmest of time left to down the Blazers in heartbreaking fashion.

Hood goalkeeper Joey McCulloh played his best game in his young Blazer career making 18 saves on 42 shots. McCulloh made several crucial saves that allowed Hood to be in the position they were at the end of the game. His counterpart Johnson had 13 saves on 35 shots.

Senior Hector Montoya was inserted into the starting lineup and won six of his 16 faceoffs with Randolph Clark winning one of his two chances. Hood had 39 groundballs to Misericordia's 37 with midfielder Adam Patterson leading the way with four while Junior Doug Brisbane also caused four Cougar turnovers and played a fine game on defense.

Hood returns to Thomas Athletic Field this Saturday when they take on Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley, in the first conference matchup of the year for the Blazers. The game is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.


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