Sports Highlights

By Mason Cavalier


October 5

The Blazers attained their best overall team finish in the Stevenson Fall Invitational at Piney Branch Golf Club in Upperco, Md, where they shot a combined 332, good for fifth place in the competition.

The Blazers also saw their best finish of the season at the Stevenson Fall Invitational, with Andy Baker finishing in sixth place, shooting 77.

Joe Hutchins and Andrew Heon both placed twenty-first in the tournament with scores of 86.

Jon Knehans rounded out the team in thirty-first, finishing his round at 91 strokes.

October 16

The Blazers took on Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz, Pa. during the F&M Invitational last week, finishing ninth with an overall team score of 327.

Andy Baker again finished at the top of the team, but wasn’t alone, as he and Jon Knehans tied with scores of 79, placing them nineteenth in the tournament. It was Knehans’ best result of the fall.

Brendon Mahoney placed third within the team and fifty-eighth in the tournament with an 89, followed by Andrew Heon, who shot a 91, finishing sixtieth.

Best Individual finishes this season

Andy Baker – 76

Jon Knehans – 79

Michael Bushman – 80

Andrew Heon – 82

Brendan Manhoney – 85

Future Matches

The Blazers Men’s Golf Team will continue playing again in the fall of 2018.

Joe Hutchens inspects his shot in the Stevenson Fall Invitational. Photo courtesy Hood Athletics.


Hood College Mens Lacrosse’s “Fall Ball” pre-season came to an end October 8 after their annual play-day, which featured two scrimmages against Division II Alderson Broaddus out of West Virginia and junior college Potomac State.

Hood was victorious in both of their games, defeating Alderson Broaddus 17 – 6, and Potomac State 12 – 6. Hood’s starting lineup played in the first game of the day against Alderson Broaddus, while the reserves took on Potomac State in the second.

Hood scrimmaged Alderson Broaddus during their play-day last year as well, with that game finishing in a 9 – 9 tie, showing that the Blazers’ starting squad has improved since then.

Coach Brad Barber was happy with his team’s undefeated pre-season performance, saying that, “We came out smooth, we came out hungry… We had a lot of good contributions across the board, so it’s hard for me to pick three or four [players] because I’m so pleased with how we played.”

In addition to their play-day scrimmages, Hood also hosted an Alumni game, which featured former players and graduates. The Alumni game, which was previously an annual staple of the Blazers’ pre-season, had not been played in two years. The return of the game was met with excitement and enthusiasm from fans and players alike.


Season Outlook

Heartbreak has been on the menu for the Blazers Mens’ Soccer program this season, as they have seen six of their 15 games go into extra time, and have been on the losing side of three of those games. They have also won two and drawn in another, making their record in overtime 1-3-1 on the season.

Despite this, there have still been many positives to take from the Blazers season so far, these being the career-best performances from senior forward Kenton Onspaugh, who leads the team in goals as well as assists, and the consistently solid play from sophomore goalkeeper Danny Castillo. Last year, Castillo picked up an All MAC Honorable Mention and has not missed a step between the posts this year, continuing his development under coach Kenny Putnam.

Sophomore forward Clay Smith has missed seven of the Blazers’ 15 games this year, and they have sorely missed the 2016 MAC Rookie of the year. Now returning to the starting lineup, he has already made an immediate impact, scoring twice against Lebanon Valley, one of the goals being a penalty kick. With Smith’s return, the Blazers’ offense looks to sharpen its teeth.

Team Statistics

· Record: 7-7-1

o Home: 4-3

o Away: 3-3-1

o Neutral: 0-1

o Conference: 1-3-1

· Clean Sheets: 3

· Goals Per Game: 1.53

Individual Statistical Leaders

Points: Kenton Onspaugh, 12

Goals: Kenton Onspaugh, 5

Assists: Robert Ellerson, 3

Saves: Danny Castillo, 57

Save Percentage: Danny Castillo, .704

Future Games

Oct. 21 @ Albright

Oct. 25 Vs. Messiah

Oct. 28 @ Lycoming

Kenton Onspaugh speeds past two Alveria defenders. Photo courtesy Hood Athletics.


The Blazers’ enjoyed a red-hot start to their season, with their record after 10 games being 8-1-1, which included a five game winning streak. Since then however, they have dropped their past six games of which five were against MAC Conference opponents. Despite this, they look to finish the season strong with matchups against Albright, Messiah, and Lycoming.

Senior forward Alyssa Nubgaard has been a firecracker in attack for the Blazers this season, leading the team in points and assists, while tying fellow teammate Emily Onheiser for most goals with 5.

With a total of 14 freshmen listed on the roster, the Blazers have relied heavily on their first-year students. With this in mind, the future of the team looks bright under head coach Conor Prachar.

Team Statistics

· Record: 8-7-1

o Home: 6-3-1

o Away: 2-4

o Conference: 0-5

· Clean Sheets: 4

· Goals Per Game: 2.00

Individual Statistical Leaders

Points: Alyssa Nubgaard, 17

Goals: Alyssa Nubgaard, Emily Onheiser, 5

Assists: Alyssa Nubgaard, 7

Saves: Rachel Knoebel, 60

Save Percentage: ReidAnn Sever, 7.50

Future Games

Oct. 21 @ Albright

Oct. 24 Vs. Messiah

Oct. 28 @ Lycoming

Nubgaard approaches a corner kick in the Blazers’ game against Alvernia. Photo courtesy Hood Athletics.


Team Statistics

· Record: 10-15

o Home: 7-4

o Away: 2-4

o Neutral: 1-7

o Conference: 2-5

· Kills per set: 9.49

· Hitting percentage: .118

· Blocks per set: 1.16

· Digs per set: 14.90

Individual Statistical Leaders

Total Attacks: Kari Betson, 799

Assists: Peyton Belella, 681

Digs: Renee Reus, 301

Points: Elena Zinaich, 318

Kills: Elena Zinaich, 254

Future Games

Oct. 21 Vs. Elizabethtown

Oct. 21 @ Washington College

Oct. 24 @ Widener

Oct. 26 Vs. Trinity

Elena Zinaich rises up against Penn St.-Harrisburg. Photo courtesy Hood Athletics.


Team Statistics

· Record: 2-13

o Home: 2-5

o Away: 0-7

o Neutral: 0-1

o Conference: 0-5

· Goals per game: 0.8

· Shots per game: 5.8

· Goals: 12

· Assists: 3

Individual Statistical Leaders

Goals: Rylie Benoit-Nobis, Naomi Garcia, Lili Wysiekierski, 2

Assists: Naomi Garcia, 2

Saves: Hailey Poisal, 63

Save percentage: Hailey Poisal, .752

Future Games

Oct. 21 Vs. Albright

Oct. 26 Vs. Stevenson

Oct. 27 Vs. Sweet Briar

Naomi Garcia brings the ball towards goal against Sweet Briar. Photo courtesy Hood Athletics.

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