Records shattered in MAC Commonwealth opening win

Rachel Slater (00) and Kara Phoubandith (1) (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Rachel Slater (00) and Kara Phoubandith (1) (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

READING, Pa. - Hood College's Kara Phoubandith and Rachel Slater became the Blazers' all-time leaders in points and assists, respectively, as the women's lacrosse team picked up its school-record ninth win of the year, 15-10 over Alvernia. 

The victory improved Hood to 9-1 on the year, a new school record for victories. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Both players had four goals and two assists. Phoubandith finished the game with 170 career points, one more than Jade Locklear's old record. Slater entered the game tied with Kelsey Blackwell with 43 career assists and set the mark with her first helper of the day. 
  • Slater had four ground balls, seven draw controls and three caused turnovers. The senior reached 150 career points in the contest as well, becoming just the third player in school history with as many. 
  • Cassidy O'Neill, Alexis Orzech and Laura Skorobatsch scored two goals apiece. 
  • Sophia Vilaca made 17 saves in net. 
  • Nikki Lunn had three caused turnovers and four ground balls. 

How it Happened

  • Orzech started the scoring at 26:58 but the Golden Wolves' Brittany Defibaugh tied the score barely one minute later. Hood rattled off the game's next five goals, the final two coming from Phoubandith to make it 6-1 with 19:10 to go in the half. 
  • The two teams traded pairs of goals before Gianna Tuffo scored with one second left in the half to cut Hood's lead to 8-4 at halftime. 
  • The Golden Wolves pulled within 9-6 in the opening minutes of the second half before Hood used a 6-2 run to pull away. Slater set the assist record on the opening goal of the run, feeding Skorobatsch with 19:11 left in the game. Phoubandith's record came during the run off an assist from Slater with 9:29 remaining. 

Notes

  • Taffo led Alvernia with four goals, while Defibaugh netted three. 
  • Kathrine Giannaras stopped 13 shots in goal. 
  • Hood passed the 2009 team, which won eight times, for the most in team history. It also clinched a .500 or better record for the Blazers for the first time since that 2009 season and for just the third time in program history. 

Up Next

Hood will look to continue its strong start at Arcadia on March 30. 

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