Hood vs. Cazenovia
March 13, 2005
The Game Story:
The men’s lacrosse program at Hood College became official Sunday following the Blazers’ 17-8 defeat to Cazenovia College (N.Y.).

Although Hood’s debut ended as a nine-goal loss, it wasn’t without intrigue. The Blazers trailed just 9-7 late in the third quarter before the Wildcats (1-1) regrouped and outscored Hood, 8-1, down the stretch.

Chad Baker led the way for Hood (0-1) with four goals while four players—Jason Hovermale, Dan Chambers, Alex Thacz and Will Oconis—each scored once. Hovermale also had two assists and Sam Hofmann did an admirable job defending the net with 24 saves.

Alex Cost paced the attack for Cazenovia with nine goals—all of which came in succession between the second and fourth quarters—and Bill Rabuano and Mike Ruiz each contributed a hat trick. Mike Malfitano chipped in with six assists and Rabuano also had three helpers.

After Cazenovia opened the contest with six straight goals, Hovermale made history for Hood, scoring the program’s first-ever goal with 4:27 to go in the quarter. Chambers found the net just 10 seconds later for the Blazers as they trailed 6-2 at the end of one.

Thacz got Hood within 6-3 with an unassisted score with 11:53 to go in the second, but that’s as close as it would get until a four-goal unanswered run in the third.

During that span, which lasted six minutes, 23 seconds in the third, Baker scored three times and Oconis once to trim their deficit to 9-7 with 4:56 to go in the third.

The Wildcats responded, holding Hood to just one Baker score in the fourth while scoring eight times to even their record on the season.

Cazenovia held a 44-30 edge in shots and a 37-26 advantage on ground balls. The Wildcats’ Jim Fey led all players with 11 ground balls while Oconis and Ryan Ruffner paced Hood with four each.

The Blazers get back in action Saturday at home against Skidmore College (N.Y.). Game time is set for 12 p.m.