Hood Men's Lax Earns Bittersweet Win Over Marymount, 10-6; Blazers Miss Out on CAC Playoffs After Coin Flip
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College men's lacrosse team (4-12, 2-6 CAC) defeated the Marymount University Saints (5-10, 2-6 CAC), 10-6, Thursday in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup on Senior Day at Thomas Athletic Field.
The win forced the Blazers and Saints into a three-way tie for sixth place with Wesley College. All three schools had identical conference records against each other, so the sixth spot in the playoffs was determined by a coin flip. Hood was the odd team out of the resulting coin flip, and since Marymount had defeated Wesley head-to-head in the regular season, the Saints secured the sixth and final playoff spot in the CAC tournament and will travel to third-seeded St. Mary's College (Md.) Sunday.
First-year Shane O'Keefe was virtually unstoppable on offense, scoring three goals and assisting on three more for the Blazers. Senior Corey Roberts had a memorable senior day by netting a hat trick to bring his career goal total to 63. He is three goals away from tying former teammate and current assistant coach Kris Miner '11 for the all-time lead in that category.
Randolph Clark, Trey Freeman, Joey O'Hara and Alex Engler added single tallies while Joseph McCulloh made 12 saves in the net. Clark also won seven face-offs while senior Hector Montoya was credited with four wins to bring his career total to 369. Senior Mike Gallion forced one Saint turnover and scooped two ground balls.
The Blazers started the game out strong as the home team scored the first three goals of the game to give themselves an early advantage. O'Keefe had a very nice goal to open up the scoring with a diving shot from behind the net that beat Marymount goalkeeper Ross Fernandez. Marymount tried to answer in the first with a Lance Bernecker goal to put the Saints on the board. The momentum was short lived as Roberts scored all three of his goals in the second period to give a Hood a 6-3 lead going into halftime.
Hood used a balanced attack in the second half to keep the Saints off guard and keep their lead safe. O'Keefe continued his fantastic day with a man up goal in the fourth period that pretty much sealed the victory for the blue and grey. Marymount made a late surge with two late goals, however it was not enough as the Blazers prevailed in their final game in the CAC.
The Blazers will wrap up the 2012 season Friday, April 27, against Susquehanna University in a nonconference game at 4 p.m.