Hood vs. Albright
February 28, 2012
The Game Story:
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College men's lacrosse team (1-3) scored a season-high 11 goals but came up just short in its quest for its first home victory, falling 12-11 to the visiting Albright College Lions (1-0) Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

Adam Patterson got the Blazers on the board less than four minutes into the opening quarter on a superb transition play, ripping home his first career goal in the blue-and-grey. Albright's Bryan Smith knotted things up 1:24 later on a man-up situation for the Lions. Later in the quarter, Joey O'Hara and Randolph Clark scored six seconds apart to give the Blazers a 3-1 edge. Andy Poitras finished a feed from Phil Potter to pull the Lions within one after one period.

Hood reeled off four unanswered scores to start the second quarter and assume a five-goal advantage, 7-2, midway through the stanza. Potter had a hand in Albright's next two scores but the Blazers maintained a 7-4 lead at intermission.

Clark started the second half by taking the opening face-off and pocketing his second goal of the day to make it 8-4 Hood. After the Blazers and Lions traded goals on the next two exchanges, Albright surged to take their first lead of the day by scoring five straight goals. Potter registered his third score of the day on a Lion EMO and Jeremy Salmon's first goal of the season gave the Lions their first lead of the game, 10-9, with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.

Hood drew even once again after Corey Roberts notched his sixth goal of the season off a feed from Shane O'Keefe five minutes into the fourth quarter. Later in the stanza, the Lions put together two more scores as Smith scored his second and Potter tallied his fourth to make it 12-10 Albright with 3:38 to play in regulation.

Albright won the ensuing face-off but Joey McCulloh made two clutch saves to keep the Blazers in it. The Lions turned the ball over to Hood with 2:13 left and the Blazers successfully cleared the ball into their offensive zone. Roberts' bid for his fourth goal of the day was denied by Jordan DiZenzo in the final minute. The Lions were unable to clear the ball and Hood regained possession with 39 seconds left and called timeout.

Ricky Orndorff was quick to strike out of the stoppage, firing his third goal of the season to draw the Blazers within one. Albright won the next face-off but Hood's Mark Filuta forced Darian Meador to turn the ball over. The Blazers were unable to set up the game-tying score after turning the ball back over to the Lions, who ran out the clock to escape with the victory.

McCulloh finished with nine saves on the day while Clark finished with 12 ground balls and won 10 face-offs. Patterson and James Weger forced three Lion turnovers apiece.

Albright, playing in its first game as a varsity program, held the advantage in ground balls (60-49), shots (33-24) and face-offs (16-11).