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HCC secures winning record with rout of Lord Fairfax

October 08, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

What a difference a year has made for the Hagerstown Community College soccer team.

The Hawks clinched a winning record with a 7-0 victory over Lord Fairfax Community College on Tuesday to all but finish a complete turnaround. HCC is now 9-4-1 for the season after going 2-14-1 last year. The Hawks have three regular season games remaining.

Sophomore striker Tyler McKenrick scored two goals and added an assist for HCC.

"I was here last year and we only had two wins," McKenrick said. "This year, we have nine wins. So, it is a huge improvement. I feel that we can beat any team with the way that we are playing. We beat Rockville when they were the No. 2 team in the nation. We can go far if we can put it together."

Midfielder Alex Manea also got two goals and one assist for the Hawks, while Josh Edwards, Francesco Scotto DiCarlo and Joe Dumpe each scored once. Chris Lambert, Kris Potter and Mike Zello had one assist each.

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"I think we have a lot of potential," HCC coach Brian Eichelberger said. "It is a huge turnaround from last year. This is the best team that we have had in eight years. We have been working really hard all year. I am very happy that we clinched a winning season."

The Hawks have made some significant contributions.

"Tyler McKenrick is the leading scorer on the team and he now has 15 goals," Eichelberger said. "On defense, we have been strolling all year. That has been one of our highlights. I have been very pleased with our defense. Our sweeper, Joe Dumpe, has really anchored our defense all year."

HCC held a 25-1 shot advantage over Lord Fairfax.

"I thought it was a well-played game," Lord Fairfax coach John Sharples said. "It was disciplined on both sides. I was impressed with their disciplined play and their ability to keep the ball dangerous. They kept it on our end of the field. We really had no offensive threat."

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