Record Setting Day Propels Boxers by North Central

FOREST GROVE Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) set a single game record for assists while Pacific set team records for assists and points Tuesday as the Boxers closed a five-game home stand with a 23-5 rout of North Central (Ill.) in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Smith finished with four assists in the contest, breaking the mark of three assists set by Abby Coleman against Dallas on Mar. 20, 2008. As a team, the Boxers finished with 12 assists and a total of 35 points. Those totals reset marks of eight assists and 32 points, which were set against Dallas on Apr. 5, 2009.

The records led a day where Pacific (6-1) left little to chance two days after dropping their first game of the season in a close 10-8 contest to Plymouth State. Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Boxers with seven goals, finishing one short of tying the single game record. Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) added four goals while Carmen Taplin (So., Hillsboro, Ore.) and Kristen Dick (So., Auburn, Wash.) each scored three.

Caroline Gully led North Central (2-1) with three goals while Danielle Fiala finished with two. Pacific dominated the action offensively, outshooting the Cardinals 39-15 while owning a 24-14 advantage in ground balls and a 17-13 edge in draw controls.

The Cardinals opened the contest with a small lead, going ahead 3-2 when Gully scored off of a Natalie Vivacqua assist at the 18:19 mark of the first half. Stevens scored the next goal off of Smith's first assist with 17:32 to go, opening the floodgates for a string of 11 unanswered goals for the Boxers. Stevens had four goals during the 14-minute run, which culminated on Taplin's strike with 3:57 left as Pacific built a commanding 13-3 lead.

Fiala ended the streak with her unassisted goal with 2:37 left, but Dick responded with her own unassisted goal off of the ensuing draw which started seven-goal run that extended well into the second half. The Boxers would go into halftime with a 15-4 lead.

The second half moved quickly as the over 10-goal differential kept the clock running. Taplin scored the first goal of the stanza just 34 seconds in. Stevens had two more goals in the run, including the final one in the streak with 17:09 left as the Boxers extended their advantage to 20-4. Gully tallied her Cardinals' final goal on a free position shot with 15:04 left before the Boxers closed the game by scoring the final three goals.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) earned the win in goal for the Boxers, making nine saves in the contest. Sarah Hon also made nine saves in the loss for North Central.

Today's contest ended a five-game home stand for the Boxers. Pacific now travels to southern California for a three-game set, beginning with a Thursday night contest at Occidental. North Central will conclude their three-game Pacific Northwest trip on Thursday at Puget Sound.

2011-03-22



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