March 8, 2013

Hood Falls to Neumann, 10-8

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College men's lacrosse team (1-5) was defeated in a thrilling contest by Neumann University (1-4) 10-8 Friday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field. It was a back and forth affair all game with the outcome not decided until the final seconds.

With the Blazers trailing 8-6 senior attacker Joey O'Hara scored his team leading eighth goal of the season and second of the day to bring Hood to within one goal with just 6 minutes remaining. Ron Lassiter countered with a goal for Neumann with just over two minutes to go to put Hood's chances into serious doubt. The Blazers would respond though in the form of freshman Zachary Speights, who's goal just seconds later had Hood to within one again at 9-8 with under two minutes left in the contest. Neumann would answer once more though on Ian Coyle's third goal of the game with just 50.0 seconds showing on the clock. Coyle's strike proved to be the deciding blow, however Hood showed great fight and determination in trying to complete the comeback.  
Senior midfielder Adam Patterson had a superb game for the blue and grey with a goal and two assists to his name. Patterson was constantly involved in the midfield and his counter attacking prowess led directly to three Blazer goals. Patterson also tied for the team lead in groundballs with seven.

The Blazer defense also had a hand in some of Hood's goals with junior Mark Filuta and sophomore James Weger each scoring their second goals of the season. Senior George Gambrell also had a stellar game, as he had seven groundballs and a team leading six caused turnovers in defeat.

Sophomore Chris Wilbur and senior Alex Engler rounded out the scoring for the Blazers with a goal apiece. Neumann was led by Coyle and Ryan O'Kane, who each scored three goals off the bench for the Knights.

Junior goalkeeper John Martin started the game for Hood and made six saves in 39 minutes of work. He was replaced by Joseph McCulloh who also made six saves in 21 minutes of action. Neumann goalkeeper Alex Becker made a staggering 18 saves en route to helping his team get the victory.

Hood will return to action this Wednesday when they hit the road to take on Misericordia University at 4 p.m.

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