Boxers Secure First Winning Season by Clipping Sagehens

FOREST GROVE - Pacific ensured itself of its first winning season in school history Friday night, leading from start to finish in a 16-12 victory over Pomona-Pitzer in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The victory improves the Boxers to 6-4 on the season with one game to go, guaranteeing the first winning record in the four-year history of the program. At the same time, Pacific earned a measure of revenge over the Sagehens (3-8), who sent the Boxers to a heartbreaking double overtime loss in Southern California back on Mar. 22.

Elise Talboy (Fr., Boise, Idaho) and Kaitlyn Harper (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) each scored four goals to lead Pacific. Monica Smith (So., Wilsonville, Ore.) and Abby Coleman (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.), playing in her final home game, each scored three while Natalie Getchell (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.) netted two.

Brittany Hartmann (Fr., Portland, Ore.) finished two saves shy of the Pacific single game record with 18 saves, making a number of incredible and clutch stops as the Sagehens outshot the Boxers 35-28.

Martha Marich led Pomona-Pitzer with five goals, with Hannah T'Kindt adding four and Emma Malloy scoring two.

After trading goals to start the game, Pacific scored four straight goals, including two off of free-position shots by Harper, to build a 5-1 eight minutes into the contest. After the Sagehens netted of two of their own, Smith set off a five-goal run for the goals with her strike at the 14:04 mark. Talboy fueled the run with a pair of goals, which ended with Coleman's score with 6:39 left to give Pacific a 10-3 lead.

Pomona-Pitzer did just enough to keep in contact with the Boxers, scoring the next three goals and came within 10-6 on Jennifer Miner's goal with 1:35 to go. Coleman closed the half with a free-position goal with 38 seconds to go that gave the Boxers an 11-6 halftime lead.

T'Kindt opened the second half with a goal 53 seconds into the stanza, but the Sagehens quickly yielded to the Pacific offense, who scored the next three goals. Smith ended the run with an unassisted goal at the 20:45 mark that put the Boxers up 14-7. Marich responded with two goals for Pomona-Pitzer over the next three minutes and Malloy netted the Sagehens' third goal in a row, snapping a 10-minutes scoreless streak at the 7:05 mark to come within 14-10.

The Boxers secured the win a pair of pair of goals later, including one by Harper with 5:52 to go and Coleman at the 3:35 mark.

Julia Behr took the loss in goal for the Sagehens, making just four saves. Pomona-Pitzer finished the game with a 16-14 advantage in draw controls, while both teams finished with 15 ground balls. Harper and Smith each had three ground balls for the Boxers, while Smith led Pacific with four draw controls.

The game was the last home contest for Coleman and Christine Nishida (Sr., Kailua, Hawaii), both of whom were members of the first Pacific women's lacrosse program back in 2007.

Pacific will conclude the 2010 season on the road, traveling north to take on Northwest rival Puget Sound on Wednesday. Pomona-Pitzer continues their three game Northwest swing at Linfield on Saturday and at Puget Sound on Sunday.


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