Hood Stymies Blue Jays, 9-4

Christina Murphy

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - The Hood College women's lacrosse team held Elizabethtown to a single goal for a stretch of over 49 minutes during a 9-4 win for the Blazers in non-conference women's lacrosse.

Ashley Kitzmiller (Westminster, Md. / Manchester Valley) had four points and was one of three Hood players with two goals in the contest. Christina Murphy (Denville, N.J. / Morris Knolls) and Taylor McGaughey (New Market, Md. / Oakdale) also found the back of the net twice in the game.

The Blue Jays got on the board first when Dana Robidoux scored off an assist by Becky Braessle with 28:29 left in the first half. Hood's (5-2) defense took over after that, holding Elizabethtown (0-7) without a goal until the second half. 

The Blazers carried a 2-1 lead into halftime. Murphy took an assist from Kitzmiller at the 20-minute mark to tie the game. A late free position goal by McGaughey broke the tie with 1:21 to go in the half.

Aleyna Fitz (Brunswick, Md. / Brunswick) assisted Kitzmiller on the opening goal of the second half before Addie Stang fed Robidoux to cut Hood's lead to 3-2 with 26:09 to go in the game.

The Blazers answered the Elizabethtown tally with five straight goals to put the game away. Kitzmiller scored her second goal of the game to start the run and Megan Feldtmose (Hereford, Pa. / Perkiomen) aided on McGaughey's second score with 20:56 to play for a 5-2 lead. After Murphy scored on a free position shot, unassisted goals by Feldtmose and Ayer made the score 8-2 with 12:14 on the clock.

Stang broke the run with a goal at 8:49 before Anne Lessard (Natick, Mass. / Natick) took a pass from Kitzmiller and deposited into the net three minutes later for a 9-3 lead. Stang capped the scoring with her second goal with just 1:24 left.

In addition to her four points, Kitzmiller led all players with five ground balls. McGaughey had four ground balls and four draw controls. 

Lauren Couch (Crownsville, Md. / Old Mill) was strong in goal, making 12 saves, while forcing two turnovers and scooping four ground balls. It was the third game of four goals or fewer allowed by the sophomore.

Robidoux and Stang each scored twice for the Blue Jays. Jessica Bining had five ground balls, while Mary Nell Donahue and Krissy Pennell caused three turnovers each.

Beeta Palosz made seven saves in the losing effort.

The win gave Hood its most victories since the team won eight times in 2009. 

Hood returns to action on March 29, when Widener visits Thomas Athletic Field.

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