Blazers Surge Past Chargers in Season Opener

Brigid Ayer
Brigid Ayer

FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College closed the first half with an 8-1 run and went on to defeat Lancaster Bible 14-4 in the season opener for both squads.

Junior Brigid Ayer (Frederick, Md. / Frederick) and freshman Christina Murphy (Denville, N.J. / Morris Knolls), playing in her first career game, scored four goals apiece. Ashley Kitzmiller (Westminster, Md. / Manchester Valley) had three goals and two assists and scooped up four ground balls. 

The Chargers scored just over a minute into the contest, but Hood answered quickly with an unassisted tally by Kitzmiller to tie the game at 27:51. Back-to-back goals by Murphy and a score by April Ganz (Germantown, Md. / Seneca Valley) gave the Blazers a 4-1 lead. After Kitzmiller's second goal, Ayer found the back of the net for a 6-1 lead with 16:13 left in the first half.

Neither team scored again for nearly 13 minutes until Lancaster Bible got back on the scoreboard with a goal by Annie Hoover at 3:23. Hood answered quickly, as Murphy scored just 23 seconds later to make the score 7-2. Taylor McGaughey (New Market, Md. / Oakdale) added her first career goal late in the half to give the Blazers the 8-2 halftime lead.

Murphy opened the scoring in the second half with a free position shot and Ayer scored off a feed from Kitzmiller for a 10-2 advantage with 19:49 left in the game. 

After Erin Railey scored for Lancaster Bible at 16:53, Hood got a goal from Ayer 14 seconds later. Kitzmiller made the score 12-3 before assisting on Ayer's final goal to make it a 10-goal lead with 11:05 left.

Naomi Otis scored the final LBC goal, with Megan Feldtmose (Hereford, Pa. / Perkiomen) scoring the game's final goal.

Lauren Couch (Crownsville, Md. / Old Mill) made 13 saves for Hood, while Cheyenne Benton made five for the Chargers. 

Shay Braithwaite had two assists, three draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers. 

The Blazers were 3-of-5 on free position shots, while Lancaster Bible came up empty in five attempts. 

The 14 goals scored by Hood were the most since the Blazers had 16 in win over Penn State-Abington last March

Hood hosts Washington & Jefferson on March 1 at 1 p.m.