September 1, 2012

Hood Field Hockey Wins 8-0 in Impressive First Game

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College women's field hockey team (1-0) defeated the College of Notre Dame (Md.) (0-1) 8-0 in the first game of the season for both sides. On a day when the humidity was as strong as it has been in weeks, the Blazers did not let it affect their play and they persevered through the tough conditions.

Senior Megan Cahill and sophomore Morgan Cole both had outstanding days for the blue and grey as they combined for six of Hood's eight goals. Cole found the back of the cage four times to tie the single game school record and Cahill also added two assists to her tally to give her six points on the day. Freshman Anna Kate Smith and senior Michelle Buhrman also scored to round out the scoring for the Blazers.

Cole got the scoring party underway in the 12th minute of play when she was scored on a nice pass by Cahill to put the Blazers up 1-0. Sophomore Rachel Marlow then made a nice run and pass to Cahill, who delivered a quality shot past Notre Dame goalkeeper Emily Langton to give the Blazers a 2-0 advantage. Langton made nine saves on the afternoon for the Gators while the Hood goalkeepers did not need to make a save. Hood took a 5-0 lead into the half and did not look back.

The Blazers really played well in all facets of the game as the defenders were making solid plays in the back to keep the Gators attackers in check. The midfielders also did their job as they made good runs and had nice distribution up and down the field, even with the humid conditions. Finally, the attackers all played very well as they took advantage of their opportunities and finished the chances that they needed too. There are certainly things the Blazers can work on, however Coach Brennan must be very pleased with her young team's first game and hopefully this group can gain some momentum and confidence from this performance.

Hood returns to action this Tuesday when they travel to Shenandoah University for the team's first road game of the season. The game is set for a 4 p.m. start.

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