Hood Field Hockey Battles Salisbury in First Game on Turf Field
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College field hockey team (0-1, 0-1
CAC) hosted nationally ranked Salisbury University (1-0, 1-0 CAC)
Tuesday afternoon in the inaugural game on Hood's new turf
The Sea Gulls, who have captured 14 consecutive Capital Athletic Conference field hockey championships and are ranked No. 6 in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Div. III Preseason Poll, scored six times in the first half and added four more in the second half en route to a 10-0 victory.
Eight different Sea Gulls contributed to the scoring as Salisbury outshot the Blazers, 33-5. Hood's two shots on goal came off the sticks of sophomore Maria Smith and freshman Megan Cahill, but both were saved by Sea Gull keeper Anna Cooke.
Freshman Kaitlin McCloskey made her first career start in the cage and made six saves while playing 48:20. Junior Anne Marie Hantman turned away three shots in her 21:40 in the cage.
Prior to the start of the game, the Blazers joined Hood College president Ron Volpe and board member and former White Blazer Girl Betsy McCain McAlpine '51 for a special ceremony. McAlpine is the granddaughter of Hood's first president, Joseph Henry Apple, who is credited with bringing the sport of field hockey to the southern United States from England. Using the very field hockey stick that Apple taught the Hood students the game with in the early 1900s, Volpe scored the ceremonial first goal to christen the new field.
Hood will look to capture its first win of the season Saturday when the Blazers travel to Bridgewater College for a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m.