Boxers Put Up Big Second Half to Roll Past Wildcats

FOREST GROVE A closely contested first half yielded to an offensively charged second half for Pacific Monday night as the Boxers rolled to a 24-12 rout of rival Linfield in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (8-4) not only secured their second consecutive winning season, but also tied the program's single game record for goals scored. Pacific last scored 24 goals against Dallas on Apr. 5, 2009. The scoring was well distributed with 10 different Pacific players scoring goals. The 24 goals allowed by the Wildcats (1-10) was a season high.

Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) led the way for Pacific with five goals. Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) added four goals while Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.), Molly Bailey (Jr., St. Helens, Ore.) and Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) all added three.

Shelby Duarte and Anna Gorciak carried the bulk of the scoring load for Linfield, scoring five goals apiece. Taylor Fisher and Monique Schreiber each added one goal.

Over the first 15 minutes, it looked as if it could be anyone's game. The scored was tied 4-4 after the first 14 minutes before Getchell's goal at the 13:34 mark opened up a run of four unanswered goals for the Boxers. Sydney Vincent (Jr., Portland, Ore.) closed the run with a free position goal with 7:17 left that gave the Boxers an 8-4 lead.

Linfield came back to score three goals of their own, coming within 8-7 on Duarte's unassisted goal, but Pacific closed the half with three straight of their own. Bailey connected off of a Smith assist with 1:07 left to give the Boxers an 11-7 halftime lead.

Pacific opened the second half with the first three goals and saw Getchell cap a run of six unanswered strikes at the 28:05 to open up a 14-7 lead. The Wildcats scored three of the next four goals, with Gorciak scoring two, which cut the Pacific advantage to 15-10 with 19:32 to go.

It was all Pacific from that point on as the Boxers outscored the Wildcats 9-2 over the final 19 minutes of the contest. Harper scored back-to-back goals to give the Boxers their first double digit lead, 21-11, with 9:17 togo. After Fisher's goal with 7:53 left, the Boxers went on to score the final three goals to close the contest.

Pacific outshot Linfield 38-21 and held a 22-17 advantage in draw controls and a 21-16 edge in ground balls. Pacific caused 12 of Linfield's 18 turnovers, led by three by Harper and goalkeeper Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.). Harper needed to make just five stops to earn her eighth victory of the year in goal. Linfield goalie Hayley Steele made 10 stops in the loss.

Pacific closes out the 2011 home schedule on Friday night when they host Puget Sound at 7:00 p.m. The Loggers will then face Linfield in McMinnville on Saturday. Pacific and Linfield will then close the regular season in McMinnville on Tues., Apr. 12.


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