Hood Falls to Susquehanna in Regular Season Finale

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood (4-13) lost to the Susquehanna Crusaders (9-7) by a count of 9-3 in the Blazers' season finale at Thomas Athletic Field.

Joey O'Hara scored twice for Hood, his 10th and 11th goals of the season, while Corey Roberts notched his 17th tally of the spring and 64th of his career on a man-up opportunity. Ricky Orndorff registered his team-high 14th assist of the season while Mike Higgs and Alex Engler also contributed assists.

Joseph McCulloh turned aside 17 Crusader attempts while Hector Montoya won eight face-offs at the "x". Patrick O'Leary and James Weger led the defense, combining for 21 ground balls and forcing 10 Susquehanna turnovers between them.

Hood notched single tallies in the second, third and fourth quarters. The Crusaders scored twice in the first period, five times in the third to break open a one-goal game at halftime (2-1 SU) and twice more in the fourth. Six different players found the back of the net for Susquehanna, led by Luke Delavan's hat trick.

Roberts ends his Hood career in second place all-time in goals (64) and third in total points (76). Orndorff finished with 21 career assists, fourth all-time, and Scott Thompson ranks seventh in career goals (32) and eighth in total points (41). In addition, Montoya leaves Hood as the program's all-time leader in face-off wins.

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FREDERICK, Md. Susquehanna jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Hood and never looked back en route to a 9-3 road victory in the squad's final game of the regular season.

The Crusaders now await the results of the remaining Landmark Conference match-ups this weekend to learn their postseason future.

On Friday afternoon, SU (9-7) held a distinct, 45-27 edge in shots while the defense forced 39 Blazers (4-13) turnovers.

Individually, Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) led the Crusaders with a three-goal effort while Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) finished with two scores to go along with an assist. Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J/Ridgewood) also added a game-high two assists.

Starting goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 3:40 of action and gave up only two goals and made 14 saves while facing 25 shots. Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.J./Kent School) played the final minutes of the game.

The game was scoreless for the first six minutes until Pete Doelp (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) got the Crusaders on the board at the 9:11 mark. Just two minutes later, Delavan found the back of the net for a 2-0 SU lead, which remained the score at the end of the period.

Hood scored the lone goal in the second quarter as Susquehanna headed into halftime holding onto a slim, 2-1 lead.

The third quarter was an entirely different story as the Crusaders netted five goals while limiting the Blazers to just one. The teams swapped goals within the first three minutes of the quarter and at the 10-minute mark, Breakey scored for the 4-2 Susquehanna lead.

That goal was the first of four-straight SU goals to end the quarter, with the final score coming from Breakey with just 44 seconds remaining to make it a 7-2 game heading into the final 15 minutes of action.

Delavan struck early in the period, netting the Crusaders' eighth goal of the game 75 seconds into the period to make it 8-2. He scored his second-straight goal four-plus minutes later to make it a seven-goal game (9-2).

The Blazers did manage to net a goal with just 52 seconds left, but SU still gave up just two goals over the final 30 minutes of play. In addition, the three total goals allowed are tied for the second-fewest scored by a SU opponent this spring.


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