Hood vs. Gwynedd-mercy
February 24, 2009
The Game Story:
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College men's lacrosse team (1-1) made history Tuesday, earning the program's first victory in 48 games dating back to its inception in 2005, by defeating the visiting Gwynedd-Mercy College Griffins, 12-7, at Thomas Athletic Field.

The Blazers' 12 goals are the most in program history, eclipsing the previous record of 10 set last season against Shenandoah, and its seven goals allowed were a program low, besting the previous record of nine set twice (vs. Christopher Newport Apr. 2, 2008 and vs. DeSales March 9, 2007).

Kris Miner got the Blazers on the board 5:30 into the contest with an unassisted score. Jonathan Scmitt then countered three minutes later with a goal off a pass from Nicholas Coan. The Blazers netted five of the game's next six goals by five different players and Hood led 6-2 at halftime.

After Steven Miner cut the deficit in half just 47 seconds into the third quarter, Hood reeled off four straight tallies to assume a commanding 10-3 lead with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.

But the Griffins didn't quit and rallied for four fourth-quarter scores, including two scores by Miner just seven seconds apart, to close to within 11-7 with 5:25 to play. But Corey Roberts notched his second goal of the afternoon with 1:10 left for the final margin.

Junior Sofiane Lazar registered a hat trick for the Blazers while Nick Spicer and Roberts each netted a pair. Miner, Michael Matteson, Dominique Shorter, Troy Hubbard and John Butterfield all got into the scoring column for Hood.

Hood's Hector Montoya won 17-of-23 faceoffs for the Blazers and sophomore goalkeeper Nick O'Brien made a career-high 14 saves in the triumph.

Hood returns to action Friday at Shenandoah University. Face-off is set for 7 p.m.