Hood Battles Back, Outguns Neumann

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College (3-4) battled back from a four-goal deficit and came away with a 17-14 victory over visiting Neumann University Saturday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

The Knights started scoring early and jumped out to a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes of the contest but the Blazers quickly answered back with their first goal on the day by junior attack Kati Vu. The Knights continued their scoring and built a 5-1 lead midway through the first half. From there forward, Hood turned up the offensive intensity as sophomore midfielder Caitlin Lawrence, senior attacker Kelsey Blackwell, junior midfielder Julia Banks and sophomore defender Miriah Stone all scored as Hood headed into the half down, 7-5.

The second half belonged to Hood as Banks led the team with a goal in the opening minutes of the second half and proceeded to tie the game at 7-7 by scoring her second of five goals just a few minutes later.

It would be a back-and-forth affair from there, as the two teams continued to trade goals. With the score knotted at 9-9, the Blazer offense unleashed and never looked back as seven different Blazers scored goals.

Despite continued attempts by the Knights, the Blazers crafted their largest margin over the Knights, 17-12, with less than three minutes remaining in play.

Banks led the way for the Blazers with six points on five goals and one assist, while Blackwell (four goals, one assist), Vu (two goals, two assists) and Lawrence (two goals, two assists) ended with five and four points, respectively.

At the end of regulation, the Blazers outshot the Knights 38-34 and held a decisive advantage with draw controls winning 21 of 33. Blazer junior goalkeeper Helene Butler recorded 12 saves throughout the contest.

The Blazers stay at home for their next contest when they host Shenandoah University this Monday. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.


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