Hood vs. Desales
March 9, 2007
The Game Story:
FREDERICK, Md.--Junior midfielder Jason Anderson tied the school record with four goals but it was not enough as the Hood College men's lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to the DeSales University Bulldogs Friday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field. The Blazers fall to 0-5 on the season while the Bulldogs even their record at 1-1.

Hood got single tallies from Anderson and Bryan Lentz in the first half and trailed 4-2 at the break. But the Blazers owned the third quarter, using a five-goal outburst to take a 7-5 advantage into the final quarter. Four different players scored for Hood in the period, while Blake Rust assisted on three of the Blazers' tallies.

DeSales' Joshua Van Hart and Dan Thomer scored back-to-back goals within a span of 20 seconds in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to knot the score at 7-7. Then Thomer notched his fourth goal of the day at the 7:40 mark to put the Bulldogs up 8-7.

But with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Anderson took the ball coast-to-coast and ripped one past Bulldog keeper Jarryd Stamatelos for the equalizer.

In the final minute of regulation, Thomer found Matthew Brancaccio on the left side and he stuck one past Hood's Sam Hofmann for the go-ahead goal with just 40 seconds remaining.

Hood won the ensuing face-off and after DeSales was whistled for an unnecessary roughness penalty, the Blazers called timeout with 30 seconds to go. When play resumed, it was Anderson again who had a chance to score another equalizer but his shot sailed wide. Sofaine Lazar was there for the ground ball pickup but the Blazers were unable to get another shot off before time expired.

Anderson tied teammate Chad Baker's single game school record with four goals to lead the Blazer attack, while Lentz finished with a pair of goals and Lazar and Will Oconis each added single scores. Rust finished with three assists, another single-game school record, while Oconis had two and Alex Tkacz and Jeff Balinsky were credited with one apiece. Oconis also won 13-of-21 face-offs and picked up eight ground balls for the Blazers.

Hofmann was stellar in the cage, stopping 19 shots in the losing cause.

Thomer finished with four goals and an assist for the Bulldogs, while Stamatelos turned away seven shots in the victory.

Hood returns to action Monday when the Blazers travel to Lexington, Va., to take on the Washington & Lee University Generals at 3:30 p.m. in a non-conference game.