Boxers Close Home Schedule Downing Loggers

FOREST GROVE Pacific bid six departing seniors farewell in impressive style Friday night, building a late first half cushion to beat Puget Sound, 18-12, in the Boxers' women's lacrosse home finale at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (9-4) pulled away from a close game by scoring a string of five unanswered goals over an eight-minute spanlate in the first half. The streak allowed Pacific to into halftime with a 10-6 lead before going on to build as much as a seven-point advantage late in the second half.

Kelly Stevens (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the Boxers with five goals. Monica Smith (Jr., Wilsonville, Ore.), playing in her final game, scored four goals while Natalie Getchell (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) ended her home career with three goals. Kaitlyn Harper (So., Oregon City, Ore.) also tallied three goals.

Harper also tied a single game record with four caused turnovers as the Boxers forced 19 of the Loggers' 27 miscues. In addition, the Boxers set a new team record with 34 ground balls, bettering the mark of 31 set against Puget Sound on Apr. 10, 2009.

Julia Schulman led Puget Sound (5-6) with four goals. Bradia Holmes added three while Kristine Morris second two.

While Schulman gave Puget Sound the first goal of the game, Pacific would score the next four straight on free position goals. Stevens scored the final of the four freebies that gave Pacific a 4-1 lead four and a half minutes in. Puget Sound scored three of the next four goals, including two out of the stick of Holmes, to close to within 5-4 at the 18:14 mark.

The Boxers then rode two goals each by Stevens and Harper to go on their five-goal run. Harper opened the string with her unassisted strike at the 16:53 mark and closed it with a free position goal with 4:57 left to build a 10-4 advantage. Puget Sound scored the final two goals of the half to close the score to 10-6 at halftime.

The two teams traded goals over the first five minutes of the second half before the Boxers effectively put the game away with another string of four unanswered goals. Smith opened the run off of a Stevens assist with 24:21 to go and Getchell capped it with her unassisted tally with 17:16 left. Stevens would eventually give the Boxers their largest lead of the game, 17-10, on a free position shot with 9:07 left.

Brittany Hartmann (So., Portland, Ore.) needed to make just six saves to earn her ninth victory of the season in goal. Ana Calcaino made 17 saves in the loss for the Loggers. Pacific finished the game outshooting the Loggers 42-23. The Boxers also held a 20-12 advantage in draw controls and a 34-15 edge in ground balls.

Pacific will close out the 2011 season on road and will attempt to complete a sweep of their Northwest small college rivals as they travel to Linfield on Tuesday. Puget Sound will close the season tomorrow at Linfield.


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