Berry Buries Boxers with Late Second Half Surge

FOREST GROVE Berry broke open a tight contest with a late second half run Wednesday night as the Vikings conquered the cold to take a 14-10 victory from Pacific in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Vikings (3-3), a NCAA Division III independent from Mt. Berry, Ga., engaged Pacific in a closely played game, but trailed much of the first half. Jenny Miller scored the tying goal with 16:02 remaining, which started the a game-ending run of five unanswered goals.

The run neutralized a great game by Pacific's Kristen Dick (Jr., Auburn, Wash.), who finished with four goals to go alongwith an assist. Carmen Taplin (Jr., Hillsboro, Ore.) scored three goals and Kasey Killingbeck (So., Nampa, Idaho) added two. The Boxers (1-2) were out-shot by the Vikings 35-27, but held a 34-31 advantage in ground balls and a 13-12 edge in draw controls.

Kristian Dziurzynski led Berry with six goals and a pair of assists. Miller notched four goals and two assists with Elizabeth Platt adding two late goals to goalong with an assist.

After the Vikings opened up the early 2-1 lead on a pair of Dziurzynski goals, Pacific responded with three straight strikes to take a 4-2 advantage with Taplin, Dick and Mikalia Way (Sr., Evergreen, Colo.) scoring the goals. Taplin then gave Pacific their biggest lead of the game at 6-3 when she scored off of Dick's assist with 3:39 left in the first half.

Berry set the stage for their second half surge by scoring the final two goals of the stanza, with Miller and Blair Shupenko connecting in the final two minutes to make it a 6-5 lead at the half.

After the teams traded goals to open the second half, Berry saw Kaylee Lane and Miller score a pair of goals to take an 8-7 lead with 23 minutes to go. The Boxers tied it again on Dick's free-position goal at the 22:14 mark and built a 10-9 lead on Killingbeck's unassisted goal with 16:51 to go.

When Miller tallied her fourth goal with 16:02 remaining, she put Berry on the winning path. Dziurzynski followed with back-to-back goals that gave the Vikings the lead for good, while Flatt connected on the game's final two goals in the final five minutes. Berry outscored Pacific 8-4 in the second half, but only out-shot the Boxers 18-14.

Taylor Martin finished with 10 saves to earn the win in goal for Berry. Ali Loeb (So., Portland, Ore.) finished with 15 saves in the loss for Pacific.

After opening the 2012 season with three straight home games, the Boxers will take to the road for their next five. Pacific is back in action next Wednesday night at Linfield. Berry finishes a two-game Northwest road trip on Friday at Puget Sound.


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