Seahawks Get by Hood to Stay Undefeated in CAC

St. Mary's City, Md. First-year attacker Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) notched a game-high five points on his fourth consecutive hat trick and two assists as St. Mary's picked up its fourth straight win with a 12-7 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Hood. St. Mary's remains undefeated in conference action with a 3-0 record.

Junior midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) tallied a hat trick as well while fellow classmate Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) dished out three assists to bring his season total to 21.

St. Mary's (6-3, 3-0 CAC) rolled out to a 4-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the first period as Tarrant had a goal and an assist in the run. Senior attacker Corey Roberts (Fallston, Md./Fallston) finally put Hood on the scoreboard eight seconds before the final horn for the first period, completing a pass from fellow senior Ricky Orndorff (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne).

The Seahawks held Hood scoreless in the second quarter, scoring four unanswered goals in 15 minutes. Cook found the back of the net twice while Tarrant added a goal and an assist as St. Mary's headed into halftime with an 8-1 advantage.

Roberts and junior Joey O'Hara (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) each scored twice to pace the Hood offense while Orndorff handed out three assists.

St. Mary's scored the first two of the second half, including a man-up goal by senior attacker J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), to post a 10-1 lead at 11:15. The Blazers then tallied the next three scores, including a pair of man-up goals, for a 10-4 margin at 3:58. O'Hara notched both Blazer man-up goals as Orndorff assisted on both plays. The Seahawks closed out the third period with two goals, including one by Tarrant with 19 ticks left, for a 12-4 game.

Hood (2-8, 0-2 CAC) did not allow another St. Mary's goal in the final quarter while the Blazers put three in the net as senior Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bonanza) contributed a goal and an assist in the run for the 12-7 final.

St. Mary's won 16 of 23 face-offs as junior Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) posted a 10 of 13 effort at face-off X, scooped up four ground balls, and chipped in a goal. Tarrant helped the Seahawks to a 34-26 ground ball margin with six loose ball pickups while junior defenseman Justin Harty (Medford Lakes, N.J./Camden Catholic) led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Three Seahawk goalies combined for nine saves on 27 shots as senior Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) improved to 6-3 with six stops in 30 minutes. Three goalies for Hood registered 14 saves on 43 shots as first-year Joseph McCulloh (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) made 10 in the loss.

St. Mary's will be back in action next Saturday, March 24 as the Seahawks welcome the University of Mary Washington (6-2, 2-1 CAC) to Seahawk Stadium for Capital Athletic Conference action at 1:00 pm.

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ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.--Hood College (2-8, 0-2 CAC) fell to the St. Mary's College (Md.) Seahawks (6-3, 3-0 CAC), 12-7, in a rain-soaked Capital Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon.

Joey O'Hara and Corey Roberts netted two goals apiece while Ricky Orndorff set up three Blazer goals. Scott Thompson had a goal and an assist while Trey Freeman and Brandon McCormick registered single tallies for Hood.

Four different Seahawks found the back of the net to start the game before Roberts notched his 10th goal of the season late in the opening quarter to get Hood on the board. That would be Hood's lone score of the half however as the Seahawks owned an 8-1 advantage at halftime.

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