March 11, 2014

Blazers Win Fourth Straight, Make Program History

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College scored 13 first-half goals and held on to win its fourth straight game, 17-11 over Penn State-Abington. 

The win marks the first time the program has started 4-0, and ties the all-time record for longest winnning streak. The only other time the Blazers won four in a row was back in April 2005.

Ashley Kitzmiller (Westminster, Md. / Manchester Valley) led Hood with six goals, and Christina Murphy (Denville, N.J. / Morris Knolls) added four. Freshman Taylor McGaughey (New Market, Md. / Oakdale) had her first career multi-goal game with two, and she added three assists. Danielle Roberts (Baltimore, Md. / Patapsco) also recorded her first career multi-goal game. 

McGaughey opened up the scoring at 28:16, with the assist coming from Kayla Knott. Brigid Ayer (Frederick, Md. / Frederick) doubled the lead with an unassisted goal at 25:50. Megan Feldtmose (Hereford, Pa. / Perkiomen) made it 3-0 just 41 seconds later, and Kitzmiller scored off of McGaughey's first assist to make it 4-0 at 23:16.

Within a span of three and a half minutes the Nittany Lions cut the deficit in half with goals from Katelyn Haas and Avery Winn. At 21:47 Haas received a pass from Sara Sawick and put the ball into the net. Winn scored her first of six goals, unassisted at 18:15. 

Shay Braithwaite (Montgomery Village, Md. / Watkins Mill) put the Blazers back up by three with an unassisted goal at 17:25. Katelyn Kelly answered for PSUA at 15:52, to make it a two-goal game. 

Under a minute later, Kitzmiller scored to spur a 5-0 Hood run, with all the goals coming from her and Murphy. After Kitzmiller's goal at 15:10, Murphy scored with 14:27 on the clock to make it 7-3 in favor of the home team. Following the draw control, McGaughey went down the field and gave Kitzmiller a nice pass and the junior converted at 14:11. McGaughey earned her second assist in as many goals feeding Murphy with 11:51 left to play in the half. Murphy capped off the run with a goal at 10:25 to extend the lead to 10-3.

The Nittany Lions had the only man-up adavantages of the game and they capitalized on one of them with a goal from Winn with 9:25 remaining to start a 3-0 run. Winn scored the next goal at 7:13, and Haas added a free position goal with just over six minutes left to cut the deficit to four. 

The Blazers scored the final three goals of the half, two coming from Kitzmiller. She scored at 4:39 and Roberts scored her first goal of the game with a free position shot at 3:34. Kitzmiller scored the final goal of the half at 3:06 for the 13-6 halftime lead.

Once again McGaughey opened up the half with a goal, scoring at 24:29 with an assist from Anne Lessard (Natick, Mass. / Natick). Murphy added her final goal of the game to open up a 14-6 lead with 22:30 remaining in the contest. With just over 19 minutes to go, Kitzmiller scored her sixth goal to build a 16-6 lead.

Starting with a goal from Winn at 15:39 PSUA would outscore Hood 5-1, but it was too little too late for the visitors. Just 23 seconds later, Cindy La added a goal to cut the deficit to eight. 

Roberts scored the final Hood goal at 14:56 to push the lead to 17-8. The Nittany Lions then scored the game's final three goals, all free position shots. Kelly scored the first at 13:50, and Winn added the last two at 11:09 and 10:39. 

PSU went 4-for-10 on free positon shots, with Hood converting one one of three. 

Aleyna Fitz (Brunswick, Md. / Brunswick) and Lauren Couch (Crownsville, Md. / Old Mill) led the Blazers with four ground balls each. McGaughey also recored eight draw controls. 

Couch made 16 saves for the Blue and Grey, and Sandy Cao made 12 saves for the Nittany Lions.

Hood looks to win its fifth game in a row for the first time in program history when the team travels to take on Lebanon Valley on March 19. 

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