Review & preview: Hood
Here is the second installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Friday, we take a visit with Hood. (Blazers coach Jeremy Mattoon did not return requests for an interview.)
The good: A year removed from setting 17 new school records, the team continued to break new ground. Hood registered the program’s first victory in the Capital Athletic Conference with an 8-7 overtime win against Wesley on March 26, snapping a string of 31 consecutive losses to conference foes. The squad also qualified for the CAC tournament for the first time and set a single-season mark in victories with eight, which was two more than the previous best of six, which was registered last season. … The defense surrendered 10.5 goals per game, which is still too much for any coach’s liking. But there were some bright spots, including schools records in fewest goals allowed in a season (178) and save percentage (.551). … The Blazers got some unlikely contributions from freshmen. Midfielder Ricky Orndorff led all first-year players in points (12) and assists (7), midfielder Randolph Clark ranked first in goals (6), ground balls (89), faceoff wins (136), faceoff attempts (273) and faceoff percentage (.498), and defenseman Mark Filuta collected 31 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Their continued development could be key to helping the program move forward.