Hood Falls 7-3 to Catholic in Season Debut

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 CAC) was defeated by Catholic (1-0) 7-3 to begin its 2012 campaign.

Hood was derailed from winning its opener in large part because of Catholic attacker Brendan Englert. Englert scored four or the Cardinals goals and was a hassle for Hood's defenders all day. Hood goalkeeper Will Lane had a very impressive game saving 17 shot attempts, with some saves coming in impressive fashion. Lane also tied for the most groundballs in the game with eight. Lane's teammate Mark Filuta also grabbed eight groundballs on the afternoon, although Catholic had more groundballs than Hood on the afternoon with a 58-45 advantage.

Hood had its three goals scored by three different players. Senior Scott Thompson notched his first goal of the season just a minute before halftime to send the Blazers into the break with some momentum. Senior Trey Freeman scored to begin the fourth quarter while freshman James Weger had a goal in his first appearance for the blue and grey in the final period.

Englert started the scoring with Catholic up a man in the first period and also scored the team's second goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Catholic's Chris Fuccillo scored the third goal of the contest with Catholic being up a man again. Six Hood penalties came back to hurt the Blazers as Catholic capitalized on its opportunities playing with the man advantage.

Thompson's goal with 57.0 seconds remaining was a huge boost for the Blazers heading into the half. Englert was back to his scoring ways in the third quarter as he netted two more goals to give Catholic a commanding 5-1 lead. Catholic added one more goal playing with a man down as Marc Saxton counter attacked the Blazers and went unimpeded in scoring Catholic's sixth goal on the game.  

Freeman's goal to start the fourth period gave Hood some life and Weger's goal had Hood and Blazer Nation thinking comeback. Catholic would not oblige though as Fuccillo scored another goal late to put the game out of reach.

Hood was outshot on the game 46-36 and also had two more turnovers than the Cardinals with 31 to Catholic's 29. Sophomore midfielder Randolph Clark won six faceoff's on the day while Catholic won seven.

Hood returns to action this Wednesday when the Blazers hit the road for the first time this season to take on Shenandoah. The game will be played under the lights with a 7 p.m. start time.