Boxers Lean on Their Freshmen to Declaw the Wildcats

FOREST GROVE - Pacific relied on their freshmen to carry the scoring load Thursday as newcomers accounted for 16 of the Boxers' goals as they knocked off Linfield, 19-14, in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Kelly Stevens (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the way for Pacific (2-0) with six goals. Kaitlyn Harper (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) added five goals and two assists while Elise Talboy (Fr., Boise, Idaho) netted three. Pacific oushot Linfield 40-28.

Mariah Jones tried to work as one-woman wrecking crew for the Wildcats (0-2), scoring nine goals. Five other Linfield players scored one goal apiece, three of which came on free position shots.

Pacific found themselves with their hands full against a scrappy Linfield squad early in the first half and trailed 3-2 after a goal by Anna Gorciak at the 23:40 mark. Stevens proceeded to score the next two goals to give the Boxers a two-goal lead and Talboy's strike 12 minutes into the stanza gave Pacific a 6-3 advantage.

Linfield came back strong, scoring six of the next seven goals. Jones did the most damage, scoring four of the next five goals to tie things at 7-7 before Monique Schreiber scored on a free position shot with 3:38 to go to put Linfield up 8-7. Jones added her seventh goal of the half with one minute to go before Stevens netted one right off the ensuing draw that brought the Boxers within one, 9-8, at the half.

The Boxers adjusted to cover Jones after the break, which allowed the Boxers to control the second half scoring. Carmen Taplin (Fr., Hillsboro, Ore.) scored just 15 seconds into the period as the Boxers outscored Linfield 11-5 over the final 30 minutes. Abby Coleman (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) made it a three-point lead, 13-10, when she scored 10 minutes into the stanza.

Linfield, however, did their part to keep things close. Erica Helm-Buckman and Jones scored the next two goals to bring the Cats within 13-12, but the Boxers scored six of the final eight goals of the game to put it away. Harper gave the Boxers their biggest lead of the game, 18-12, on her unassisted strike with 3:35 to go.

Brittany Hartmann (Fr., Portland, Ore.) earned her second win in goal for Pacific, allowing 12 goals and making three saves in 46 minutes. Leah Hodson (Fr., Hood River, Ore.) played the final 14 minutes, allowing two goals while making three saves. Ashley Johnson took the loss for Linfield, making 14 saves.

Pacific held a 21-14 advantage in ground balls and a 23-21 edge in ground balls. Christine Nishida (Sr., Kailua, Hawaii), Harper and Monica Smith (So., Wilsonville, Ore.) each had four draw controls while Harper led the Boxers with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

The Boxers host the first of two teams from east of the Rockies to visit Forest Grove on Sunday when they play Denison at 5:30 p.m. Linfield will host Birmingham-Southern on Saturday.


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