Pacifc Wins Overtime Shootout with Pomona-Pitzer

CLAREMONT, Calif. Goals by Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Sydney Vincent (Jr., Portland, Ore.) allowed Pacific to snuff out a Pomona-Pitzer comeback and escape southern California with a 17-15 overtime win in action at Merrit Field.

After bolting out to a 6-4 lead at halftime, the Boxers (7-3) stood by as the Sagehens (6-3) scored 10 second half goals and tied the contest at 14-14 at the end of regulation. After trading goals in the first overtime period, Stevens tallied the winning goal 40 seconds into the second overtime stanza. Vincent then added an insurance goal with 1:37 to go to secure the win.

Stevens and Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific with five goals apiece. Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) added three goals while Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.) had two goals. Martha Marich led the Sagehens with five goals. Emma Mallory and Jana London each scored four.

After the Boxers and Sagehens traded the first four goals over the first 12 minutes of the game, the Boxers closed the period by scoring four of the final six goals. Getchell and Harper hit back-to-back goals to give the Boxers a 4-2 lead.

After Marich struck to make it a 4-3 game, Smith and Stevens came back to score two more, with Stevens tallying with 3:38 to go to make it a 6-3 game. Malloy added the final goal for the Sagehens with 1:16 left to make it a 6-4 advantage at halftime.

Pacific opened up the second half scoring the first goals, extending their lead to 8-4 on Harper's unassisted strike at the 26:28 mark. The Sagehens responded by scoring four unanswered goals, tying it at 8-8 on a free position goal by London. After Stevens scored with 12:59 to go, Molloy fueled a three-goal Sagehens' run to give the home team an 11-9 run with 9:14 left.

A goal-scoring flurry followed, with the teams combining to score eight goals in the final seven minutes of regulation. Pomona-Pitzer led 14-13 with 1:46 left before Harper scored the tying goal with 14 seconds left to knot the game at 14-14 at the end of the half.

The two teams traded goals late in the first overtime period, with Stevens tallying with 36 seconds left and Marich striking with five seconds to go. Pacific owned the second overtime period, with Stevens hitting the game-winner with 2:20 left and Vincent adding a goal with 1:37 to go.

Pomona-Pitzer outshot Pacific 33-29 and owned a 19-17 advantage in draw controls. Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) finished with 18 saves, two short of the Boxers' single game record. Casey Leek made 12 stops in goal for the Sagehens.

Pacific now returns home for a string of three games. The home stand begins Friday as the Boxers host west region power Colorado College at 6:00 p.m.

2011-03-29



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