Hood Grounds Ravens in Season Opener

FREDERICK, Md.-Hood (1-1) beat Rosemont (0-1) 16-4 in a solid home opener for the blue and grey. The Blazers gave the home crowd at Thomas Athletic Field a top display and proved superior of the Ravens for all four quarters.

Junior attacker Pat Harrington had a very good game scoring three times and assisting on another to give him four points for the game. Harrington did a great job of getting into the right positions and being able to proficiently capitalize on goal scoring opportunities. Junior Mike Higgs also had a quality contest scoring three goals which all came in the second half to put the game out of doubt.

The Blazer defense also proved to be pivotal with a good executed game plan that confused Rosemont all afternoon. What was not expected was the defense's contribution on the offensive end. Sophomore James Weger and junior Mark Filuta both scored off darting runs forward to give the Hood defense a little bragging rights at the next practice.

Junior Randolph Clark had a good day on faceoff's with the midfielder winning 19 of his 20 attempts, while also notching his first goal of the season off a faceoff win. Clark also paced the Blazers in ground balls with 13 to his name. Hood goalkeeper Joey McCulloh picked up his first win of the season in his first start of the season. The sophomore came up with nine saves and shared the win with John Martin and Jonathan Fogarty.

It did not take long for the Blazers to establish a lead with Harrington scoring 47 seconds into the contest. Senior Adam Patterson and freshman Cody Mai were the next players to tally goals in what was a dominant first quarter display from the Blazers. Justin Regan was the only spark for Rosemont on the day and he scored the first of his two goals at the 6:27 mark of the second quarter. Hood would respond and score eight of the next nine goals in the contest to put the game out of reach and start their home slate on the winning track.

Hood will return to action this Wednesday when they host Shenandoah University in non-conference action. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Thomas Athletic Field.

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FREDERICK, Md. - It took only 47 seconds for the host Hood to register the first goal of the game on their first possession en route to a 16-4 win over the visiting Ravens. With the result, Hood evened up their record at 1-1 while the Ravens opened up their season with a record of 0-1.

Hood shut out the Ravens 4-0 in the first quarter and stretched their second quarter lead to 8-0 before sophomore Justin Regan (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) scored Rosemont's first goal of the season, assisted by freshman Ralph Ibezim (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) with a man advantage with 6:21 left in the second quarter. Rosemont held the Blazers to one more score to trail 9-1 at the major break.

After falling behind 11-1, sophomore Mike Manning (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) scored on a feed from Regan with 8:40 left in the 3rd quarter to make the score 11-2. Ravens goalie John Gonzalez (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Towne Charter) made a save after a late Blazers timeout to hold the score at 12-2 after the third quarter.

The Blazers stormed out to start the fourth quarter scoring four straight before freshmanStephen Licata (Towson, MD/Baltimore Lutheran) converted a pass from Regan to account for the Ravens' third goal of the afternoon, making the score 16-3 with 5:15 left in the contest. Regan cashed in after collecting a ground ball to account for his 2nd goal of the game with 2:00 left to end the scoring for the afternoon.

Gonzalez faced a barrage of 30 Blazer shots on goal, saving 14, but took the loss for Rosemont in goal. Regan led the Ravens in shots (6), all on goal. He tallied four points in the game to lead Rosemont in scoring. Junior Tom Bottoms (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) gathered eight ground balls to lead the Ravens in that stat on the day.

The Ravens take the field again next Saturday for their home opener against Rivier College in a non-conference game slated to start at 1:00 pm.


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