Hood Ties Game Late, Nips Frostburg State in 2OT

FREDERICK, Md.--Senior Ricky Orndorff netted the game-winning goal with 1:16 left in the second overtime session to lift Hood (3-8, 1-2 CAC) to a thrilling 8-7 triumph over Frostburg State (2-9, 0-3 CAC) Tuesday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference game at Thomas Athletic Field.

Orndorff's triumphant score was his third on the afternoon, while Joey O'Hara scored twice and Randolph Clark, Alex Engler and Shane O'Keefe rounded out the scoring for Hood. O'Keefe and Trey Freeman tallied assists.

Both teams were desperate for a victory coming into the conference clash as neither the Blazers nor the Bobcats had chalked up a "W" against the league opponent. Hood had extra incentive to come away with the victory at home for the first time this season after dropping its previous six, including two by one goal.

The Bobcats held the upperhand however in the early going and assumed a 4-1 lead at halftime. FSU reeled off three unanswered goals in the second quarter to snap a 1-1 tie after the first period.

Hood came out with renewed vigor however and doubled up the Bobcats in the third quarter as O'Hara scored twice and Clark and Engler added single tallies to draw Hood to within 6-5 heading into the fourth.

Orndorff put the Blazers on his back in the final quarter of regulation, scoring the game-tying goal 3:48 into the fourth and netting the go-ahead goal with less than five minutes remaining. But the Bobcats wouldn't go away and tied things up at 7-7 with 2:17 left on Chris Rios' third goal of the day.

Hood won the next face-off and had a chance to regain the lead but an attempt by Engler hit the post and FSU scooped the ground ball. Frostburg cleared the ball into their offensive zone and after a shot by Spencer Barnett sailed wide, the Bobcats called their final timeout with 57 seconds left.

Another Bobcat attempt was off the mark and the Blazers regained possession with 38 ticks left. The Blazers were unable to get another shot off in the waning seconds, sending the game into overtime.

Hood once again controlled the ensuing face-off and immediately called timeout. The Bobcats forced a Blazer turnover and after a successful clear, called a timeout of their own. Joseph McCulloh came up with two big saves in the first overtime period to keep the Blazers in it. A rip by Freeman in the final seconds went wide, and the two squads engaged in a second four-minute sudden-victory session.

Adam Patterson snagged the ground ball off the face-off but Hunter Marshall checked the ball out of his stick and out of bounds, giving possession to the Bobcats, who called timeout. Neither team was able to hang on to the ball and, three turnovers later, the Blazers found themselves in position to win the game approaching the final minute. Patterson redeemed himself and came up with a crucial ground ball. About 33 seconds later, Orndorff found his spot, rifled the game-winner past FSU keeper Alex Sharrer and was mobbed by his teammates in jubilation.

FSU held the upperhand in shots, 36-28, but the Blazers won 11 face-offs and won the ground ball battle, 47-45. Nick Reinberg made his first collegiate start and stopped six shots in 24:54. McCulloh turned away 14 Bobcat attempts and was credited with the victory. Sharrer made six saves for the Bobcats.

Rios netted a hat trick for FSU while Britton Hoover (2), Devon Stailey (1) and Dan Dowd (1) also found the back of the net for the visitors.

Hood is back in action Saturday hosting nationally ranked Stevenson University at noon in another CAC tilt at Thomas Athletic Field.

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2012-03-27



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