Fontbonne Stuns Boxers With Second Half Rally

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Pacific watched a three goal lead evaporate in the second half as Fontbonne stormed back in the second half to take a 12-9 victory from the Boxers in women's lacrosse action in Colorado Springs.

The Boxers (4-2) owned a 9-5 lead after Savannah McClendon (Fr., Roseburg, Ore.) scored with 2:23 remaining in the first half, but the Griffins (3-3) scored the final seven goals of the game and managed to hold the Boxers scoreless over the final 32 minutes. The win was the first for Fontbonne in the third season of women's lacrosse for both schools.

Lilia Lee (Jr., Waimanalo, Hawaii) led Pacific with five goals. McClendon added three goals while Christine Nishida (Jr., Kailua, Hawaii) had one.

Katie Radeackar led Fontbonne with five goals. Emily Spaulding and Danielle Donze each had two goals while Caroline Heitkamp, Emily Ruzicka and Mary Alice Pierce each scored one.

Pacific opened the contest in firm control with Lee scoring back-to-back goals in the first five minutes before McClendon and Nishida each tallied for a 4-0 lead just six minutes into the game. Heitcamp and Ruzicka put Fontbonne on the board before Pacific scored three unanswered goals, two by Lee, for a 7-2 lead with 14 minutes to go in the first half.

The Griffins responded with three straight of their own, ending on Pierce's strike with 6:57 left to being Fontbonne within 7-5. Lee and McClendon took goals back to give the Boxers a 9-5 lead with 2:23 left in the stanza.

Those were the last goals Pacific would score as the Griffins' defense kept Pacific out of the net and limited the Boxers to just five second half shots. Spaulding started the comeback with one minute left in the half and then scored the tying goal with 18:05 left in the second half.

Radeacker took care of the rest, scoring the final three goals of the game to close out the victory for the Griffins.

Fontbonne outshot Pacific 32-23 while the Boxers owned a 15-10 advantage in ground balls and a 12-10 edge in draw controls. Pacific was 3 for 7 in free position shots and finished with three caused turnovers.

Heidi Curry (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) took the loss in goal for the Boxers, making 11 saves. Claire Kallio made 10 stops to earn the win for the Griffins.

The Boxers return to action on Monday afternoon as they take on Fort Lewis in Colorado Springs.

2009-03-23



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