First Half Surge Stands up as Boxers Down Carthage

FOREST GROVE Pacific used a surge of five goals in the final 13 minutes of the first half to win their 2011 home opener Tuesday night as the Boxers scored an 11-9 victory over Carthage in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (3-0) saw five different players score in the five-goal run to come back from a 5-3 deficit to build an 8-6 halftime lead. The two teams traded goals in the second half as both defenses locked down tight after the high-scoring opening stanza.

Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led Pacific with four goals, three of which came in the first half. Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) added two goals to go along with three assists. Five other Boxers finished with a goal apiece. Anna Schweiss led Carthage (0-3) with four goals and Sydney Whitaker added three goals.

Pacific opened the game scoring the first two goals and took a 3-1 lead on Steven's second goal just three and a half minutes into the contest. The Lady Redsresponded by going on a four-goal run, capped by back-to-back Whitaker strikes that opened up a 5-3 lead.

Pacific came right back to go score five answered goals. Sydney Vincent (Jr., Portland, Ore.) opened the run with her goal at the 12:59 mark while Kacey Killingbeck (Fr., Nampa, Idaho) capped it when scored off of a Smith assistwith 3:03 to go to put the Boxers up 8-5. Schweiss closed the half when she connected with 17 seconds left as the Boxers held an 8-6 halftime lead.

The second belong to the defenses as both teams scored just three goals apiece. Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) scored the Boxers' last goal with 6:53 left. Neither team scored for the next six and a half minutes before Schweiss put her fourth strike in just as time expired.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) made eight saves as she earned her third victory of the season in goal. Ali Gorman took the loss for Carthage, making nine saves.

Pacific outshot the Lady Reds 35-24 and held an 11-10 advantage in draw controls. Carthage finished with a 28-27 edge in ground balls.

The Boxers continue a stretch of five home games in eight days on Thursday as they host Morrisville State of New York at 4:30 p.m.

2011-03-16



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