Second-Half Spurt Leads Hood Past Blue Jays

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Elizabethtown and Hood were nearly even for 37 minutes of their non-conference match-up Thursday afternoon at Wolf Field. The Blazers broke away with five unanswered goals over an 11-minute stretch in sending the Blue Jays to a 9-4 defeat.

Dana Robidoux and Addie Stang each scored twice for E-town (0-7), which set a new season-high for goals in a game. Robidoux's first, set up by Becky Graessle, came just 1:31 into the contest and gave the Blue Jays their first lead in a game this season.

Elizabethtown held onto that lead for the better part of the next 10 minutes and had opportunities to extend it.

Beata Palosz stopped Hood leading scorer Ashley Kitzmiller in close after the Blazers (5-2) won the draw control following Robidoux's goal.

With 26:19 to go in the half, Mary Clyne looked to put the Jays up 2-0 with a shot to the upper left corner, but the whistle blew just before Clyne's shot as she was fouled and awarded a free-position attempt instea. Clyne's free position shot was blocked, but Adriana Bertolino snuck in to grab the rebound keeping possesion with Elizabethtown.

Robidoux fired a shot just wide on the second chance opportunity and had another just off the mark five minutes later.

Hood tied the game on Christina Murphy's 13th goal of the year exactly 10 minutes in. The visitors would take a 2-1 lead to halftime after Taylor McGaughey converted a free-position with 1:21 left in the half.

Kitzmiller eventually broke through for the Blazers 2:32 into the second, scoring off a dish from Aleyna Fitz.

E-town responded just over a minute later when Stang found Robidoux for the sophomore's seventh goal of the season, but Kitzmiller then started Hood's 5-0 run with her second of the day at 23:43.

McGaughey, Murphy, Megan Feldtmose and Brigid Ayer each added a goal for Hood, which led 8-3 with 12:14 to go.

Stang would score the final two for the Blue Jays. She cut through the Blazer defense for an unassisted goal at 8:49 and put home the Blue Jays' only free-position goal with 1:24 left. Stang's second goal came in a man-down situation with Krissy Pennell serving a yellow card.

The Blue Jays were competitive throughout. They were outshot 27-26, but equaled Hood with 16 shots on goal. E-town committed two less turnovers, had one more clear and were equal in ground balls (31-31). Robidoux (3) and Stang (2) also combined for five of the team's seven draw controls.

Palosz tied a career-high with seven saves and in doing so secured her highest save percentage in a game this season and lowered her goals against average by almost two.

Pennell and Mary Nell Donahue each led the defense with three caused turnovers. Both players also picked up a pair of ground balls. Jessica Binnig scooped up a team-best five ground balls, while Megan DeMichele, Emily Young and Graessle followed with four.

Kitzmiller finished with a game-high four points for Hood on two goals and a matching number of assists. Her goalie, Lauren Couch, provided 12 saves and kept the Blue Jays off the board on 7 of 8 free-position attempts.

Elizabethtown will now go on the road for two straight games starting with Landmark opponent Scranton Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Hood held Elizabethtown to a single goal for a stretch of over 49 minutes during a 9-4 win for the Blazers in non-conference action.

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.

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