Plymouth State Rallies to Hand Boxers First Loss

FOREST GROVE Head Coach Wynne Lobel's Pacific team nearly pulled off the shocker against her former club Sunday night, but Plymouth State rallied from a 7-4 halftime to deficit to take a 10-8 victory in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (5-1) played a very patience offense in the first half and scored three of the last four goals of the period to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. The Panthers (0-1) played with a renewed energy in the second half, limiting the Boxers to just one goal in the final 30 minutes. Amanda Richardson tied it for Plymouth with 5:17 to go and Caitlin Swanson scored the game-winner with 4:40 left.

Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific with three goals. Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) each scored two goals and Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) netted one. Emily Buckle, playing in her first collegiate game, led Plymouth State with six goals.

Lobel, who is in her sixth year coaching at Pacific, was the head coach at Plymouth State from 2001-2004 and led the Panthers to two NCAA Division III tournaments and an ECAC championship. This was her first matchup against her former team since moving west.

Pacific played a measured, patient game against a tough Plymouth State defense in the first half. Buckle put the Panthers on the board first at the 24:46 mark, but Harper came right back to tie it on her unassisted goal at the 20:16 mark. After Buckle tallied for the second time with 19:15 left, the Boxers went on to score three straightgoals. Getchell scored the first and last goals on the run, the last coming with 9:26 to go, that put the Boxersahead 4-2.

After Buckle reduced it to a 4-3 game with nine minutes left, Pacific went on to score three of the final goals of thehalf. Stevens capped the period when she tallied on a free position shot as time expired to give the Boxers a 7-4 halftime lead.

If Plymouth State took their west coast opponents lightly in the first half, they certainly didn't in the second half. Kathryn Rogers and Richardson tallied the first two goals of the stanza to bring the Panthers within 7-6 just three minutes in. Smith found the net off of a Harper assist at the 25:22 mark, but the Panthers would not let the Boxers score again.

Richardson found the net with 5:17 left to tie the game. Swanson tallied the game-winner at the 4:40 mark and Buckle closed scoring with her unassisted strike with 3:38 to go. The Boxers appeared to have a golden opportunity to play for the tie when the Panthers' Marie Lander was sent off on a yellow card with 2:53 to go. Pacific threw the ball out of bounds on the ensuing re-start and then saw Buckle caused a turnover with two minutes left all but seal the game.

Lorin Field earned the win in goal for Plymouth State, making 10 saves against 25 Pacific shots. Brittany Hartmann (So.. Portland, Ore.) made four saves in the loss for the Boxers.

Pacific outshot Plymouth State 25-16 and also held a 25-17 advantage in ground balls and a 10-9 edge in draw controls. Plymouth State went a perfect 3 for 3 in free position attempts, while the Boxers were 2 for 7.

Pacific will complete a five-game home stand on Tuesday, taking on North Central (Ill.) at noon. Plymouth State will complete their spring break trip with a Tuesday game at Linfield.


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