Boxers Struggle with Shooting in Loss to Panthers

FOREST GROVE - Despite keeping pace with their Southern visitors for much of the first half, Pacific found scoring hard to come by against Birmingham-Southern as the Panthers clawed their way to a 14-3 victory over the Boxers in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Pacific (2-2) finished tied 10-10 in shot opportunities with the Panthers in the first 30 minutes, but could not finish their opportunities and trailed 6-2 at halftime. Birmingham-Southern (5-1) ran way with things in the second half, outshooting the Boxers 20-11 and outscoring their hosts 8-1.

Kelly Stevens (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led Pacific with two goals while Kaitlyn Harper (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) finished with one. Sarah Minick led Birmingham-Southern with six goals while Lyndsay Griffin added four.

Both teams appeared to be holding strong defensively over the first six minutes of the game before Griffin connected for the game's first goal at the 24:37 mark. The Panthers proceeded to score the first three goals of the game and held the 3-0 advantage on Griffin's second strike 14 minutes into the period.

Stevens opened scoring for the Boxers off of Elise Talboy's (Fr., Boise, Idaho) assist with 14:40 to go. It then appeared that the Boxers would have a significant advantage when Chelsea Van Voorhis, the Panthers' second leading scorer, was sent off for the game with her second yellow card. Harper converted on the power play with her man-up goal with 10 minutes to go to bring the Boxers within 3-2.

Birmingham-Southern held firm, holding Pacific scoreless while scoring the final three goals of the half. Minick added a dagger when she connected with just 12 seconds left in the stanza to give the Panthers a 6-2 halftime lead.

Stevens opened the second half with her second goal of the game, the only free position shot made on eight attempts from the arc. The Panthers proceeded to score the eight goals of the game, paced by four goals by Minick.

Birmingham-Southern held a 21-18 advantage in ground balls and a 10-9 edge in draw controls. Stephanie Gore and Anna Barry each had three draw controls while Gore led the way with three ground balls. Three Pacific players had two draw controls apiece while Brittany Hartmann (Fr., Portland, Ore.) led the Boxers with four ground balls.

Hartmann took the loss in goal, making 10 saves in the loss. Katie Bates finished with 12 saves in the victory for the Panthers.

After opening the season with four home games, the Boxers will play six of their final seven games on the road. Pacific opens a four-game Southern California road trip on Saturday with a neutral site game against Fontbonne in Los Angeles.


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