February 23, 2013

Lawrence’s 11 Goals Lead Hood in Opening Day Victory Over Waynesburg, 20-5

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College women's lacrosse team (1-0) defeated Waynesburg University (0-1) 20-5 in the first game of the season for both teams Saturday afternoon. The victory gave Hood its second straight opening day win against the Yellow Jackets and gives Hood some early season momentum moving forward.

Senior attacker Caitlin Lawrence gave the crowd a treat by rewriting the record books with her breathtaking performance. The senior broke the Hood record for most goals in a game with 11, shattering her former teammate Katie Vu's record of nine in one game. Lawrence's 14 points also shattered the previous record for most points in a game of 11, which was held by Laurie Burrier. Lawrence's 101 career goals now place her third in the all-time record book and put her just two goals away from setting the record for most goals in a career. 

Not too bad for her first game of the season.

Sophomore attacker Bailey Czech also had a stellar game, scoring three goals and assisting on another for four points on the afternoon. Sophomore attacker Megan Feldtmose also had four points in the game with two goals and two assists to her name. Sophomore Ashley Kitzmiller tallied two goals, while Miriah Stone and Brigid Ayer each had a goal apiece to round out the scoring for the Blazers. Waynesburg was paced by attacker Toria Shepherd's three goals.

Hood freshman goalkeeper Lauren Couch got her first career victory in net with six saves off 12 Yellow Jacket shots. Waynesburg goalkeeper JoHanna Phillips took the loss, but made 14 saves in defeat.

Hood wasted no time in establishing where the game was going with a barrage of early goals to put Waynesburg on their heels. Lawrence scored three goals in the span of nine minutes to give Hood a comfortable advantage at 4-0. Lawrence continued her scoring ways, as she netted four more times in the first half with Stone slotting away the last goal of the half to give Hood a commanding 11-0 lead heading into halftime.

Waynesburg came out in the second half with intent to make it a game. The Yellow Jackets scored three goals in the first 2:50 of the second half, which caused Hood to take a timeout to talk things over. However, Hood would persevere with two straight goals from Lawrence that took away Waynesburg's momentum and for all intents and purposes ended any chance of a comeback. Hood used strong defense and possession the rest of the way to get off to a flying start to begin the 2013 season.

The Blazers return to action this Tuesday when they host Lancaster Bible in non-conference action. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m.

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