Boxers Spread Scoring Around in Rout of Wildcats

PORTLAND Five days after playing a close contest against their northern Northwest neighbor, Pacific spread the scoring around and left little to chance against their southern foes as the Boxers routed Linfield 17-8 in women's lacrosse action at Sunset High School.

The Boxers (2-0) received three goals apiece from Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) and Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.), while four other Pacific players scored two goals apiece. Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) had two goals to go along with a game-high four assists. In all, nine Pacific players found their way into the scoring column. Taylor Fisher led Linfield's scoring efforts with four goals while Mariah Jones added two.

Pacific never trailed in the contest and pulled away from a 1-1 tie by scoring a string of five unanswered goals through the middle 15 minutes of the first half. Smith started the run with her goal off a Stevens assist at the 20:55 mark. Stevens also contributed two goals to the rally, including the end-capping strike with 5:48 left that put the Boxers up 6-1. Linfield scored three of the final five goals of the period, capped on Monique Schreiber's score with 26 seconds left, as the Boxers went into the half with the 8-3 lead.

The Boxers put the game away with dominant scoring in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 6-2 over the first 19 minutes of the stanza. Smith and Carmen Taplin (So., Hillsboro, Ore.) scored the opening two goals. After an Anna Gorciak strike for Linfield at the 24:31 mark, Pacific rattled four straight including two by Getchell that closed the run and effectively closed the game out.

Pacific held a 39-24 advantage in shots, a 28-23 margin in ground balls and a 14-11 edge in draw controls. The Boxers connected on 7 of 11 free-position opportunities, while the Wildcats failed to convert in three attempts from the fan.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) made 10 saves in the win for Pacific, while Hayley Steele finished with 14 stops for the Wildcats.

With their first games against Northwest rivals in the books, the Boxers will now focus on five straight games at home against out of region competition. The stand begins Tuesday as Pacific hosts Carthage. Start time is 6:00 p.m.

2011-03-13



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