Boxers Cut Down Loggers Comeback in Season Opener

TACOMA, Wash. - Natalie Getchell's (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) goal with 17 seconds left was enough to put the brakes on a spirited Puget Sound comeback Tuesday night as Pacific won their 2011 women's lacrosse opener 15-13 at Lower Baker Field.

The Boxers (1-0) led 8-5 at halftime in the high-scoring affair, but found themselves playing against a flurry of offense in the second half that saw the Loggers outscore the Boxers 8-7. Puget Sound scored four goals in the final three minutes and came within one before Getchell put in the insurance goal unassisted.

Getchell led all scorers with five goals. Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) finished with four goals and Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) scored three to go along with an assist. Kristine Morris and Jessica McDonald each scored three goals to lead the Loggers (0-1).

In the early going, the Boxers stood poised to shock the Loggers into submission by scoring the first five goals of the game, capped by a Smith goal at the 20:19 mark. Harper extended the advantage to 8-1 with her third goal of the period with 11:14 left before the Loggers closed the stanza with four unanswered strikes. Morris bookended Loggers' run, scoring with 15 seconds left to cut the Pacific advantage to 8-5.

Pacific started the second half in much the same way they did the first, connecting on four unanswered goals. Smith once again capped the run with second goal of the game and gave the Boxers a 12-5 lead with 22:29 to go. From there the Puget Sound defense locked down, limiting Pacific to just three more goals the rest of the way.

The Loggers followed the Pacific run with four straight goals of their own, cutting the lead to 12-9 on Katie McCormick's strike at the 17:28 mark. Smith and Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ended a nine-minute scoring drought for both teams with goals at the 8:13 and 7:54 marks, respectively, before the Loggers put together another run to challenge late. Anna Gunderson started the four-goal string with her goal with 2:59 left and McDonald added two more at the end to bring Puget Sound with 14-13 with just under a minute to go.

Pacific controlled the ensuing draw and kept possession until Getchell scored with 17 seconds left to end it in favor of the Boxers.

Despite the score, Puget Sound controlled the game in most other statistical categories. The Loggers outshot the Boxers 36-27, held a 17-12 edge in draw controls and a 23-22 advantage in ground balls. Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) picked up 14 saves in the win in goal. Ana Calciano took the loss in goal for the Loggers, allowing the seven goals while playing all 30 minutes of the first half.

Pacific returns to action on Saturday, facing fellow Northwest rival Linfield in a neutral site game at Portland's Sunset High School at 12:30 p.m.


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