Sagehens Rally, Score at 0:03 to Down the Boxers

TACOMA, Wash. - After scoring four straight goals to open the second half in their own come-from-behind rally, Pomona-Pitzer left the Boxers stunned at the end Sunday, as the Sagehens returned the favor for an 11-10 victory in women's lacrosse action at Puget Sound's East Field.

Trailing 8-6 at halftime, Pacific (2-3) saw four different players score goals over the first 22 minutes of the second half to give the Boxers a 10-8 lead. The Sagehens (4-5) then staged a comeback of their own with three goals in the last three minutes of the contest, with Martha Marich scoring the game-winner off Clara Engle's assist with just three seconds left.

Carmen Taplin (Jr., Hillsboro, Ore.) led the way for the Boxers with four goals. Kelly Stevens (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) added two goals and an assist while Amy Mayhugh (Fr., Tigard, Ore.) tallied two goals. Marich paced Pomona-Pitzer with six goals as the Sagehens out-shot the Boxers 30-20. Jana London scored three goals.

Pacific popped out to the early 2-1 lead when Taplin connected on her first goal at the 20:27 mark of the first half. Pomona-Pitzer came back to take a 3-2 lead on Logan Galansky's strike with 18:41 to go, but Taplin and Adrienne Wilburn (Jr., Boise, Idaho) tallied on back-to-back goals to make a 4-3 Pacific advantage.

After the two teams traded single goals, the Sagehens went on to score four of the last five goals of the half. Marich and London each had two of the goals, with Marich closing the half with her free-position opportunity with 43 seconds to go to give Pomona-Pitzer an 8-6 halftime lead.

Pacific's defense tightened up to hold the Sagehens scoreless over the first 22 minutes of the second half. Mayhugh opened Pacific's four-goal run when she scored off Steven's assist just 22 seconds into the stanza. Stevens then scored herself off of a free-position shot with 8:05 to go to give Pacific a 10-8 lead.

Marich started the comeback when she scored with 2:43 left, and London tied the game with her unassisted strike with 1:25 to go. The game appeared to be headed to overtime when Marich scored the game-winner, connecting off of Engle's assist with three seconds left.

Casey Leek earned the win for Pomona-Pitzer in goal, making four saves. Ali Loeb (So., Portland, Ore.) took the loss for the Boxers, making nine saves in the second hald. Starter Brittney Hartmann (Jr., Portland, Ore.) made six stops in the opening 30 minutes.

Pacific will now prepare for a three-game road trip that will take the team to Texas and Mississippi. The Boxers play next on Saturday when they match-up against Plymouth State of New Hampshire in a neutral site match in Dallas, Texas.


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