February 25, 2014

Humphreys Sets Record; Barber Wins in Debut

ROSEMONT, Pa. - Freshman Brett Humphreys (Newark, Del. / Sanford) set a Hood College record with seven points and scored five goals to tie another school record, helping first-year head coach Brad Barber win his debut in a 15-2 victory at Rosemont.

Humphreys tied a goal record set in 2008 by Jason Anderson. Anderson had tallied six points in the same contest to set the old school record, which had since been matched by both Kris Miner and Shane O'Keefe.

Barber, just 23 years old, became the first Blazer men's lacrosse coach to win his debut.

Hood trailed early in the game, as Rosemont's Zach Bowe found Dean Grisoff for a goal three minutes into the first period. 

Alex Villegas (New Windsor, Md. / Francis Scott Key) was on the receiving end of Humphreys' first assist, tying the game with 8:45 on the clock in the first quarter. Humphreys scored what proved to be the game-winner with his first goal of the evening six minutes later.

Leading 2-1 at the start of the second quarter, the Blazers erupted for eight goals to take control of the game. Patrick O'Brien (Ridley, Pa. / Ridley) started the scoring in the second, taking a Tai Foster (Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahoe) feed and depositing it into the back of the net with 12:00 left in the half.

Chris Wilbur (Boxborough, Mass. / Acton Boxborough Regional) had a hand in the next three Hood scores. Rosemont was whistled for a quick penalty after the ensuing face off and Wilbur converted the man up opportunity with an assist from Villegas for a 4-1 lead with 11:20 remaining in the quarter. The next two scores came in a 15 second span. Wilbur assisted on a man up score, hitting O'Brien for the goal at 9:41. Brandon McCormick (Lancaster, Pa. / Penn Manor) won the face off and a Villegas pass found Wilbur free for the score at 9:26 for a 6-1 advantage.

The Blazers opened another flurry of offense later in the period with four goals in a span of 2:13. Humphreys scooped a ground ball after a turnover, then got the ball back from O'Brien to score at 5:07. Zach Kauffman (Lancaster, Pa. / Garden Spot) won the face off and O'Brien went to work on an unassisted goal 51 seconds later to give Hood an 8-1 lead. Kauffman possessed the ball off the next face off and Humphreys finished for his third goal of the half at 3:53. The Ravens were hit with another penalty and Hood scored its third man up goal of the half, when Humphreys fed Evan Clough (Middletown, Md. / Middletown) at 2:54 to make it 10-1 at the break.

Humphreys scored two of the Blazers' three goals in the third period, tying the single game record with his fifth of the game off an assist from Wilbur at 4:59. Just 39 seconds later, Nick Druelinger (Joppa, Md. / John Carroll) scored his first career goal to extend the lead to 13-1 with one quarter of action remaining.

Villegas and Luke Slick (Smithsburg, Md. / Smithsburg) found the back of the net during the fourth quarter, with Clough and Druelinger notching assists. 

While Hood's offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense was matching it step for step. After allowing the game's first goal, the Blazer defense held firm for 49 minutes and 12 seconds. Anthony Bottoms broke the scoring drought with the final goal of the game with just 4:49 to go in the contest.

John Martin (Thornton, Pa. / Garnet Valley) started in goal and made seven saves in 56:43. Joseph McCulloh (Westminster, Md. / Winters Mill) came on in relief and stopped the only two shots he faced.

Hood held a 52-39 advantage on ground balls. The Blazers won 70 percent of the face offs, with Kauffman going 12-of-16. He led all players with six ground balls.

Rosemont was outshot 49-30 in the game and mustered just 16 shots through the opening 45 minutes against a stifling Blazer defense. Hood's special teams were highly effective. The Blazers converted 3-of-5 extra man opportunities, while the defense killed all five of Rosemont's chances.

In addition to the record-setting night by Humphreys, O'Brien (3g, 1a), Wilbur (2g, 2a) and Villegas (2g, 2a) each finished with four points. 

Hood's 15 goals are tied for the third most in a single game in school history, while the Blazers allowed the third fewest goals in the single game record book. The team total of 10 assists is also third in the Hood annals. 

Paul Kiefer and Brody Safranek split time in net for the Ravens. Kiefer stopped four shots in the first half and Safranek made a dozen saves over the final 30 minutes.

The Blazers will look to stay in the win column with a road trip to Shenandoah on March 1 at 1 p.m.

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