Hood Outduels UMass-Boston

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood (3-6) won its second consecutive home game Thursday, defeating UMass.-Boston (2-5) by a count of 10-7 at Thomas Athletic Field.

Hood scored the first four goals of the contest and never trailed, though the Beacons managed to close the gap to a single goal twice in the second half. Randolph Clark netted a hat trick and had an assist, while Mike Higgs scored twice and Alex Engler, Doug Brisbane, Zachary Speights, Brandon McCormick and Billy Larrimore all found the back of the net for Hood. Brisbane and Engler dished two assists apiece while Clark, Cody Mai and Adam Patterson chalked up helpers as well.

Clark won 8 of 13 face-offs and scooped nine ground balls for the Blazers. John Martin made 12 stops between the pipes en route to earning his second victory of the spring and James Weger had a solid defensive game, forcing five Beacon turnovers.

Hood scored four unanswered goals to start the game and kept the Beacons off the scoreboard until the 3:52 mark of the second quarter. Thomas Petitti's 10th goal of the season with a little less than four minutes to go before halftime was all the Beacons could muster against the Blazers in the first half as Hood outshot UMass-Boston, 22-12, through the first two periods.

The Beacons came out of the halftime break with renewed energy, however, and scored two straight man-up goals by Ryan McGoff and Donny Delpha in the first 2:34 of the third. Hood immediately countered though as Higgs fired a shot past Beacon keeper Henry Bristol for his eighth score of the season.

Less than a minute later, Speights finished a pass from Engler for his fourth collegiate goal to make it 6-3. Then it was the Beacons who kept Hood out of the net for the final 9:30 of the third quarter and received goals from Petitti and McGoff to claw to within 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Blazers started the final stanza on a man-up situation following a Beacon penalty at the end of the third and Hood took advantage as Clark ripped his ninth score of the season within the first 30 seconds. Delpha collected his 14th goal of the year at the 12:59 mark to trim the Hood lead to 7-6, but Hood outscored the Beacons 3-1 down the stretch and sealed the deal with 1:15 left when classmates Engler and Brisbane connected for a score to ice the win.

Hood finished the contest with the upperhand in shots (39-29), ground balls (49-44) and face-offs (10-8).

Petitti contributed three goals for the Beacons while Delpha added two scores and three assists in the losing cause. Bristol turned aside 11 Blazer attempts in the cage.

Hood will ride its two-game win streak into the Commonwealth Conference portion of its schedule when the Blazers travel to familiar foe Stevenson University Saturday. The Mustangs are currently ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III but were just handed their first defeat (7-6) at the hands of No. 9 Tufts University Tuesday. Saturday's tilt is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.


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