FREDERICK, Md.--Junior midfielder Chris Mendez of the men's soccer team has been chosen as the Hood College athlete of the week for the week ending Sept. 12.
Mendez, from Ronkonkoma, N.Y., became just the third men's soccer player in Hood history to register a hat trick in the Blazers' lopsided 9-0 victory over Valley Forge Christian College Tuesday. Current assistant coach Tom Noonan and former Blazer David Wilson are the only two others who have accomplished this feat.
Mendez came into the 2010 campaign having scored just two goals in his first two seasons in the blue-and-grey and currently leads the team with five goals in Hood's first four contests.
He started off the contest against the Patriots by netting the first score of the afternoon in the 18th minute on a rebound that ricocheted off keeper Mark Bowman's gloves. Then just 52 seconds later, Mendez struck again when he took a feed from sophomore Jaime Ramirez and made a nice move on Bowman to get free and knock in his fourth goal of the fall. Mendez's final tally capped Hood's offensive outburst in the 77th minute when he chipped a pass from senior Adam Peterson over Bowman's head and into the back of the net.
Mendez and the Blazers (2-2) host their first Capital Athletic Conference rival of the season Wednesday when the No. 20 Salisbury University Sea Gulls travel to Thomas Athletic Field for a 4 p.m. tilt.