Pair of Six-Goal Runs Leads Plymouth State Past Boxers

IRVING, Texas - Amy Mayhugh's (Fr., Tigard, Ore.) four goals were not enough to neutralize a balanced Plymouth State scoring attack Saturday as the Panthers romped to a 22-9 win over the Boxers in a neutral site match at the University of Dallas.

Mayhugh scored two goals in each half in a game where scoring opportunities were few and far between for the Boxers (2-4). Plymouth State out-shot Pacific 40-22 and allowed the Boxers just eight shots in the second period. The Panthers also took a 19-12 edge in draw controls and a 33-24 advantage in ground balls.

Carmen Taplin (Jr., Hillsboro, Ore.) added two goals and an assist while Kasey Killingbeck (So., Nampa, Idaho) tallied two goals. Kelly Stevens (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) also scored a goal. Shannon Connerty and Caitlin Swanson led Plymouth State with four goals each. Meghan McNabb, Amy McDonald and Rachel Fistori each contributed three goals.

Connerty and Swanson opened by scoring the first two goals of the game before Mayhugh broke the ice for the Boxers with six minutes gone in the stanza. The Panthers would score twice more before Stevens converted on a free-position goal with 16:21 left in the first.

The two teams traded goals over the next 10 minutes before Plymouth State closed the half with three unanswered goals, which started a 6-0 run that spanned both halves and helped put the game away for the Panthers. McNabb tallied the half's final strike with 2:48 remaining, which gave Plymouth State a 9-4 halftime lead.

McNabb then contributed two goals in the second half end of the 6-0 run, ending with her goal off of Molly Gleason's assist with five minutes gone. Mayhugh snapped the run for the Boxers when she connected unassisted with 24:27 to go. Five minutes later Killingbeck scored just before the Panthers embarked on another 6-0 run that put the game out of reach. Fistori and Swanson each scored a pair in the run, which finally ended when Taplin scored her final goal with 10:05 remaining.

Ali Loeb (So., Portland, Ore.) took the loss in goal for the Boxers, making four saves in 35 minutes of action in goal. Lorin Field earned the win for Plymouth State as she made seven saves in 47 minutes of action.

Pacific returns to action on Monday as they continue their three-game southern road trip by playing the University of Dallas. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (CDT).


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