Shenandoah Handles Hood in Non-League Action

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood (1-2) dropped an 8-5 non-conference decision to the visiting Shenandoah Hornets (2-0) Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

Joey O'Hara and Randolph Clark scored a pair of goals for Hood while Pat Harrington added a single tally. Brandon McCormick was credited with his first assist of the season, while Chris Wilbur notched his second. John Martin made his second start of the season in the cage and rejected a season-high 10 shots, including several sensational stops at close range. Clark had another stellar performance from the face-off "x", winning 12 of 14 face-offs. On defense, James Weger forced five turnovers and scooped seven ground balls for Hood.

Hood drew first blood when Clark pocketed his second goal of the season just 28 seconds into the game. SU's Matt Justice had a hand in the Hornets' next two scores, which came less than two minutes apart and gave the guests their first lead of the game. Clark countered with another unassisted score at the 9:34 mark to tie the game at 2-2. Justice added a man-up goal with 2:45 to round out the scoring in the opening quarter.

After Pope gave the Hornets a two-goal lead to start quarter number two, Harrington and O'Hara beat Hornet keeper Tyler Quinn to draw Hood even once again with 8:07 to play before halftime. Jeff Geddis gave Shenandoah a big lift heading into the break when he scored with 15 seconds remaining off a feed from Justice and SU led 5-4 at halftime.

The Blazers were limited to a single tally in the second half when Wilbur and O'Hara connected for Hood's fifth goal of the game late in the third quarter.

Hood won 13 of the game's 16 face-offs but were outshot 40-24 on the day and came up empty on its five extra-man chances in the contest.

The Blazers' next match-up is slated for Saturday at nonconference foe Eastern University at 2:30 p.m.

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FREDERICK, Md. Shenandoah earned its second straight win to start the 2013 season with an 8-5 non-league victory over Hood on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hornets (2-0) scored on a Matt Justice to Jeff Geddis goal 15 seconds before halftime and never looked back against the Blazers (1-2).

Geddis' goal, one of two he had on the afternoon, gave SU a 5-4 lead at the break. The tally also started a 3-0 run for the Hornets that pushed the lead out to 7-4 with 3:12 remaining in the third.

Hood closed the third quarter on a goal at 2:31, but Shenandoah, on Geddis' second goal, had the only score of the final stanza.

The two teams were within one goal of each for the opening 15 minutes of play before a pair of SU goals, by Matt Justice and Bryan Pope, gave the visitors at 4-2 lead with 13:52 remaining in the second.

Hood tied it up with tallies at 11:59 and 8:07 to set up Geddis to give the victors the lead for good.

Justice, Geddis and Pope all had two goals for SU with Justice and Aaron Paul dishing out two assists each.

Shenandoah outshot HC 40-24 and had a 60-56 advantage in groundballs while Hood won 13 of 16 faceoffs. Tyler Quinn made 11 saves for the Hornets.

SU hosts Marywood on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

2013-02-27



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