Hood Falls in Season Finale to Widener

Hood (3-14, 0-8) was defeated by conference foe Widener (10-5, 6-2) 17-7 in the regular season finale for both teams. Hood played valiantly throughout and the seven goals scored were the most the Blazers have scored against a conference opponent this season, however the Blazers were unable to combat a strong first half by the Pride.

Senior Alex Engler had a great performance in his final game in a Blazer uniform. The attacker scored two goals and assisted on two others for four points on the afternoon. Engler's 25 points this season was the most on the team and he leaves with the most assists in program history with 35.

The freshman duo of Cody Mai and Zachary Speights also had solid games with both players scoring twice in the losing cause. Junior Mike Higgs rounded out the scoring for the Blazers with a goal and an assist for two points. Widener was led by attacker Josh Fox's impressive six goals and three assists for nine points in the game. Ryan McDonald and Tim Taylor also contributed three goals apiece for the Pride.

Junior midfielder Randolph Clark had a stellar day on faceoff's winning 13 of his 24 attempts. Clark also paced Hood in groundballs with seven to his name, although Widener had 47 groundballs to Hood's 34.

Sophomore Goalkeeper Joseph McCulloh made ten saves in defeat, while junior John Martin entered at the start of the second half and contributed seven saves. Widener goalkeeper Mac Nestler got the win and made seven saves on the day.

Widener started the game on fire with two quick goals by Fox and Taylor to give the Pride early momentum. Hood then answered in the form of Engler's two goals to tie the score at two. Widener would answer though and score seven of the next eight goals to take a commanding 12-4 lead heading into the half.

Hood would continue to fight valiantly and tied Widener 3-3 in the third period with Mai's two goals leading the way. However, the deficit was just too much too climb back from with Widener scoring two goals in the fourth to put the game to rest en route to the 17-7 victory.


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