Kraus and Fradkin Deliver Presidents' First Win

WASHINGTON, Pa. Senior midfielders Kelsey Kraus (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and Brittany Fradkin (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) both scored four goals to lift Washington & Jefferson to a 12-5 victory over Hood (Md.) on Sunday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.

The win was the first at W&J for Head Coach Tracy Coyne and the 262nd overall during her 25-year career, 15 of which were spent at the University of Notre Dame (1997-2011). Fradkin netted the first goal of the match just over a minute in, but the Blazers (2-1) answered back four minutes later on Megan Feldtmose's goal.

The game remained tied until the 15:20 mark when senior attacker Megan Kelly (South Park, Pa./Seton-LaSalle) found the back of the net on a free position shot. Kelly's goal ignited a six-goal W&J spurt in which Kraus scored three times. Kraus' tally with 4:07 left in the first half gave Washington & Jefferson a 6-1 halftime lead.

Kraus netted her third goal just over five minutes into the second half for a six-goal edge. Hood closed to within 7-3 midway through the second half, but Fradkin recorded goals four minutes apart to help seal the triumph.

Kelly finished with two goals and one assist for the Presidents, who owned a 38-15 shot advantage. Freshmen Ashley Bulger (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and Diana Harvey (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) also scored for W&J. In addition, Harvey notched six caused turnovers for a defense that forced 29 Blazer miscues.

Senior goalie Julia McLellan (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) picked up her 39th collegiate victory after making four saves.

Lauren Couch stopped 20 shots for Hood in the loss. Bailey Czech paced the Blazer offense with three goals.

W&J (1-1) rounds out its three-match home stand to begin the season on Thursday versus Waynesburg at 5:00 pm.

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WASHINGTON, Pa.-Hood (2-1) was defeated by Washington and Jefferson (1-1) 12-5 in the squad's first loss of the season. The Blazers battled hard throughout, however they were unable to combat the balanced attack of the Presidents.

Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Couch had a superb game with 20 saves on the afternoon for the blue and grey. Her 20 saves is now second in the record book for most saves in a single game. She constantly turned away the Presidents and showed real perseverance throughout.

Sophomore attacker Bailey Czech also had a stellar outing scoring three goals on three shots to lead the Blazer attack. Czech's three tallies up her season total to double-digits with ten for the campaign.

Junior attacker Megan Feldtmose scored Hood's first goal of the afternoon and assisted on another for two points in the game. Sophomore Ashley Kitzmiller rounded out the scoring for Hood with a second half goal for her sixth goal of the season. Kitzmiller along with Amy Eyler paced Hood in groundballs with three apiece.

Washington and Jefferson used the eight combined goals from Brittany Fradkin and Kelsey Kraus to stymie the Blazers. Hood worked hard all game and scored four second half goals, but was unable to overcome the early deficit.

Hood will return to action this Wednesday when the Blazers play host to Catonsville Community College at Thomas Athletic Field. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m.

2013-03-03



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