Boxers Hold off Furious Rally to Win at North Central

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - A pair of Pacific players scored three goals each Thursday as the Boxers held off a furious second half rally by North Central (Ill.) to win the first game of their Midwest trip, 13-9, in action at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

Kacey Killingbeck (So., Nampa, Idaho) and Amy Mayhugh (Fr., Tigard, Ore.) both tallied three goals to lead the Boxers offensively. Both players scored all of their goals in a first half that saw the Boxers jump out to a commanding 10-3 halftime lead.

Kelly Stevens (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), Carmen Taplin (Jr., Hillsboro, Ore.) and Brittany Hartmann (Jr., Portland, Ore.) all added two goals in the victory. Stevens also finished with two assists and a school record 11 draw controls, breaking her own record of nine draw controls, which she shared in the 2011 season with Sydney Vincent and Kaitlyn Harper.

Danielle Fiala and Caroline Gully led North Central (3-6) with two goals each. Pacific (6-4) held a 27-25 edge in shots, a 32-28 advantage in ground balls and a 14-10 advantage in draw controls. The Boxers also converted on 6 of 8 free-position opportunities, one of their best performances from the arc this season.

Pacific opened the game by scoring the first three goals, including back-to-back scores by Mayhugh within the first 10 minutes of the first half. North Central got on the board with Adelaide Dieckmeyer's strike at the 21:01 mark and came within 4-2 with Alison Musur's goal with 17:21 to go.

From that point, Pacific closed the half by scoring six of the last seven goals. Hartmann's free-position goal with 16:12 to go started a run of five unanswered goals. Killingbeck capped the run with her unassisted goal with 5:17 remaining and closed the half with a free-position goal with 1:30 left to give Pacific a 10-3 halftime lead.

The Cardinals, trying to continue a two-game winning streak, came out of halftime with new wing on their wings. After trading goals with the Boxers over the first 10 minutes of the period, Mallory Bahr opened up a four-goal rally for the Cardinals when she scored off Musur's assist with 18:35 left. Gully brought North Central within 12-9 with 5:21 left, but the Boxers succeeded in killing the rally down the stretch. Taplin both of her goals in the second half for the Boxers, including the game's final strike with 39 seconds left off a Stevens assist.

Ali Loeb (So., Portland, Ore.) won her sixth game in goal for the Boxers, making 14 saves in 52 minutes of work. Sarah Hon made six stops in the loss for North Central.

Pacific's three-game trip through Illinois and Wisconsin continues on Friday as the Boxers take on Carthage. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CDT).


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