Boxers Use Balanced Scoring Attack to DOwn Morrisville

FOREST GROVE Pacific used a balance scoring to win their fourth straight game Thursday, dispatching Morrisville State (N.Y.) 13-7 in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Carmen Taplin (So., Hillsboro, Ore.) and Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) each scored three goals to lead theBoxers (4-0), as a total of nine Pacific players scored in the contest. Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was Pacific's leading scorer on Tuesday, netted one goal to go along with four assists.

Jamie Anderson led Morrisville State (0-2) with three goals while Elizabeth Peck contributed two goals. Cassie Edmondson and Jessica Young each finished with one.

Pacific opened the game scoring the first eight goals, setting the groundwork for a potential rout. Taplin and Harper had two goals each to open the game, with Taplin cashing in at the 21:51 mark for a 4-0 Pacific lead. Pacific then used single strikes from Stevens, Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.), Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) and Harper over the next six minutes to amass their commanding 8-0 advantage.

Anderson finally put the Mustangs on the board with 15:53 to go in the half. Pacific then scored two goals before the Mustangs found their scoring touch late. Peck's strike with 1:43 left sparked a string of three goals to end the half, allowing the Mustangs to come within 10-4 at halftime. Morrisville State had outshot the Boxers 18-15 in the first half, but could convert only four times.

Both defenses locked down in the second half as both teams scored three goals apiece and were limited to half the amount of shots they put up in the first. Molly Bailey (Jr., St. Helens, Ore.) opened scoring for the Boxers with her four minutes into the period on their only free position goal of the day. Mikalia Way (Jr., Evergreen, Colo.) connected at the 18:48 mark and Kristen Dick (So., Auburn, Wash.) closed it out for the Boxers with her goal with 17:45 to go.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) had a big night in goal for Pacific, making 15 saves. Thirteen of those saves came in the first half. Jennifer May took the loss in goal for Morrisville State, making six saves.

Morrisville State outshot Pacific 25-23, held a 21-18 advantage in ground balls and a 13-9 edge in draw controls. Neither team performed well on the fan, with the Mustangs going 1 for 9 on free position shots and the Boxers going 1 for 2.

Pacific returns to action on Friday night, hosting their third game of five in eight days as they host Fontbonne of St. Louis, Mo. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

2011-03-18



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