Second Half Rally Gives Boxers a Win at UPS

TACOMA, Wash. After saving off a frisky Puget Sound squad through the first half, Pacific used a six-goal run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to build the cushion needed for a 16-14 win over the Loggers Monday in action at East Baker Field.

Kelly Stevens (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the way by scoring three of her game-high six goals in the run, which took the Pacific lead from 9-8 to 15-8 in a span of 9 minutes, 10 seconds. The Loggers responded by scoring six of the game's final seven goals, but the Pacific defense held enough to escape with the victory.

Stevens put together a good game on both ends of the field, adding to two assists and four draw controls to her total. Kristen Dick (Sr., Auburn, Wash.) added three goals while Kaitlyn Harper (Jr., Oregon City, Ore.) added two goals, six draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Amy Mayhugh (So., Tigard, Ore.) and Melanie Niehus (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) also had two goals apiece.

Caroline Cook led Puget Sound with five goals. Julia Schulman registered three goals and Rachael Silva added two goals. The Loggers outshot the Boxers 31-28 and held a 31-30 edge in ground balls, but the Boxers held the 18-13 edge in draw controls and benefited from 28 Puget Sound turnovers, seven of which were caused by Pacific (2-0).

Cook opened scoring for Puget Sound (1-1) by netting the first two goals of the game within the first minute, but the Boxers responded a four-goal run over a four-minute span minutes. Harper started the run when she scored off of Stevens' first assist of the game at the 25:48 mark and Niehus closed it with her unassisted goal with 10 minutes gone that put the Boxers up 4-2.

The Loggers scored three of next four goals and tied the game at 5-5 on Grace Reid's strike with 16:18 left in the first half. The two teams traded goals until Kara Smouse (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and Dick tallied in the final minute of the stanza to give the Boxers a 9-7 halftime lead.

Schulman opened the second half with her goal for the Loggers 24 seconds in, but Mayhugh's unassisted tally just nine seconds later off the ensuing draw ignited the deciding six-goal run. Dick and Niehus tallied their second goals of the game and Stevens' third goal at the 20:17 mark capped the rally that gave the Boxers a 15-8 lead.

The Puget Sound offense did not allow the Boxers to get comfortable, going on a four-goal run of their own over the next 10 minutes to come within 15-12 with 9:36 left. Stevens scored her fourth goal of the half with 7:28 left while the defense allowed the Loggers just two more goals the rest of the way.

Brittany Hartmann (Sr., Portland, Ore.) earned her second win in goal this season for the Boxers, making nine saves. Linnea Bostrom took the loss for Puget Sound, making seven stops.

Pacific comes home to begin a three-game home stand on Sunday against eastern teams when they host North Central (Ill.). The match begins at 1:00 p.m.


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