Denison Hands Boxers First Loss of the Season

FOREST GROVE - Pacific's first out of region opponent for the 2010 season proved to be a handful offensively Sunday as Denison scored early and often en route to a 19-10 victory over the Boxers in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Opening a three-game road trip against Pacific, the Big Red (1-1) received four goals from Phoebe Myhrum, three of which came in the first half. Alex Thurner added three goals while Jenny Strathern, Lisa Feroli, Kelly Lengsfield and Molly Sbrega had two goals apiece. Sara Langsam added four assists.

Kaitlyn Harper (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific (2-1) for the second time in three games with three goals. Monica Smith (So., Wilsonville, Ore.) and Elise Talboy (Fr., Boise, Idaho) each tallied two. Seven of the Boxers' 10 goals came by way of free position shots.

Denison pulled ahead 4-1 in the first half thanks to the ability to aggressively finish their scoring chances. Lengsfield gave the Big Red their 4-1 lead with her unassisted strike at the 17:05 mark. The Boxers came right back to keep it close, with Natalie Getchell (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.), Talboy and Carmen Taplin (Fr., Hillsboro, Ore.) all finding the cage over the next five minutes to come within 5-4.

From there Denison controlled the scoring, netting the final four goals of the first half and the next six goals in succession. Myhrum tallied two goals in the final nine minutes of play to lead the Big Red to a 9-4 halftime lead.

Thurner and Strathern closed out the six-goal run to extend the Big Red's lead to 11-4 five minutes into the second period. Smith ended the string when she connected on a free position shot at the 24:40 mark, but the Boxers could get no closer than seven goals down the rest of the way.

Both teams finished the game with 16 draw controls and 30 ground balls. Smith led Pacific with four draw controls while Harper led the way with three ground balls. Pacific earned credit for nine caused turnovers, including two each by Talboy, Harper and Brittany Hartmann (Portland, Ore.). Myhrum led Denison with five draw controls and Lulu Carter had four ground balls.

Hartmann was collared for the loss in goal for Pacific, allowing 16 shots in 52 minutes of action with 13 saves. Hannah Minifie earned the win for Denison, allowing eight goals in 45 minutes while making 10 stops.

Pacific wraps up a four-game home stand on Tuesday, hosting Birmingham-Southern at 4:00 p.m.


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