Hood Edges Albright for First Home Victory

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College (2-2) earned its first home victory of the season, 12-10, over the visiting Albright College Lions (1-1) Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Athletic Field.

Caitlin Lawrence scored a game-high five goals while Julia Banks added three, Kati Vu scored twice and Bailey Czech and Brigid Ayer added single tallies in the triumph. Ayer also assisted on two Blazer scores for the first three points of her collegiate career while Lawrence had one assist and finished with six points on the day.

Hood opened up a 4-0 lead less than nine minutes into the opening half. Albright's Meghan Wilson scored consecutive tallies to cut the deficit in half. Vu, Lawrence, Czech and Banks found the back of the net before the end of the half as the Blazers owned an 8-4 edge at intermission.

Albright registered three of the first four goals of the second half to make it 9-7 Hood with 9:43 to play in regulation. Hood never relinquished its lead; Ayer had a hand in Hood's next two scores, assisting on Lawrence's fifth goal of the day and scoring her first goal in the blue-and-grey which made it 11-8 with 8:15 left.

Banks cashed in on a free position opportunity for her seventh tally of the spring to round out the scoring for Hood at the 5:41 mark. Kim Harkins registered her 13th goal on the season on a free position of her own and Tia Claxton notched her first score in the closing moments of regulation, but it wasn't enough as the Blazers hung on for the win.

Banks won four draws for Hood while KayLynn McCarthy won two. On defense, Jennifer Fischer and Kimi Brunot combined to force seven Lion turnovers on the day. Helene Butler earned the win in the net by making 11 saves and limited the Lions to just 1 of 8 on free position chances.

Hood wraps up its four-game homestand Saturday against Washington & Jefferson College at 2:30 p.m. The matchup is the second game of a doubleheader at Thomas Athletic Field with the Blazer men, who host Eastern University at noon.

2012-02-29



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