FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College used an eight-goal first half to defeat Notre Dame (Md.) 15-6, for the Blazers' third straight win.
Hood's 3-0 record marks the best start to a season in program history. The Blazers won against the Gators for just the second time in 19 tries, led by a five-goal perfomance from Brigid Ayer (Frederick, Md. / Frederick) and 19 saves by Lauren Couch (Crownsville, Md. / Old Mill).
Ayer started the scoring just 53 seconds into the game with a free position goal. Kayla Knott (Thurmont, Md. / Catoctin) doubled the score at 26:55, coming off a Christina Murphy (Denville, N.J. / Morris Knolls) pass into the arc. Ayer scored her second of the game just over one minute later to make it 3-0. Knott and Ayer traded off goals again just around 40 seconds apart, starting with Knott's second at 17:10. Ayer scored off another free position shot at 16:33 to give the Blazers the 5-0 lead.
Notre Dame's Sawyer Butto got the Gators on the scoreboard with a free position gaol with 14:01 left in the half.
Ashley Kitzmiller (Westminster, Md. / Manchester Valley) made it 6-1 Hood with an unassisted goal at 11:52. Knott and Ayer went at it again, with Knott scoring her third at 2:38. Ayer scored her fourth goal of the half with 68 seconds remaining, assisted by Kitzmiller, to extend the lead to 8-1 at the half.
Notre Dame scored the first goal of the second half at 26:36 when Michaela Olsen scooped up the ground ball, and passed it to Carrie Naylor who shot it into the net.
Shay Braithwaite (Montgomery Village, Md. / Watkins Mill) answered 69 seconds later, and added another one at 22:56 to push the lead up to 10-2.
The Gators responded with three-straight goals to cut the deficit to 10-5, the first goal coming at 20:37 on a free position goal from Olsen. Brittany Peddicord scored unassisted at 15:48, then with the man-advantage Laura Kaufman scored a free position goal with 14:23 on the clock.
Hood answered with a 3-0 run, started by Kitzmiller with her second of the game with 13:16 to play. Megan Feldtmose (Hereford, Pa. / Perkiomen) scored unassisted at 10:09 after her first shot went wide. Off the ensuing draw control, Taylor McGaughey (New Market, Md. / Oakdale) won posession then streamed down the center of the field and found Murphy wide open in the arc for the goal at 9:58 for the 13-5 lead.
Peddicord scored her second of the game at 9:23, for the Gators' last goal of the game. She had a free position shot at 9:28 but it was turned away, but the rebound went rgiht back to her.
With 6:33 remaining in the game, Kitzmiller scored another unassisted to put the Blazers up 14-6. McGaughey fed Ayer for the final goal of the game with 5:08 on the clock.
Hood gathered 29 groundballs to the Gators' 22, and held a 13-9 advantage on draw contols. Kitzmiller had a game-high four controls and five ground balls. McGaughey had a game-high three caused turnovers, and added four ground balls.
The Blazers converted on two of their three free position shots, and Notre Dame went 3-of-12.
Deja Martin made six saves for the Gators.
Hood looks to continue the best start in program history with a game against Penn-State Abington on March 11 at 12:30.