Boxers Deconstruct Engineers in Colorado Game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Pacific made sure that they returned home from Colorado with a victory Wednesday, using a trio of hat tricks from Kaitlyn Harper (Jr., Oregon City, Ore.), Kristen Dick (Sr., Auburn, Wash.) and Carmen Taplin (Sr., Hillsboro, Ore.) to bulldoze a 15-7 win over MIT in action at Washburn Field.

The Boxers (5-3) controlled the offensive tempo of the game from start, scoring the first five goals of the contest to make sure that the Engineers never had a chance at the lead. MIT would come no closer three goals with 11:07 left in the opening half.

In addition to her three goals, Harper added an assist, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Kelly Stevens (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Amy Mayhugh (So., Tigard, Ore.) each added two goals while Melanie Niehus (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Katie Oliver (Fr., Portland, Ore.) scored one apiece. Pacific outshot MIT 30-25, forced 25 Engineers turnovers and held a 27-26 edge in ground balls.

Meghan Weight and Isabella DiDio each scored two goals to lead the Engineers (2-5). Emma Kane, Laura Wacker and Nadia Wallace all tallied once. MIT was dominant on draw controls with a 16-8 edge over the Boxers.

Pacific did their part to distance themselves from their opponents from the start, scoring the first five goals over a span of 12 minutes. Four of the five came on free-position opportunities, with Harper tallying two including the goals that gave Pacific the 5-0 lead at the 18:32 mark. DiDio scored the Engineers' first goal with 18:14 to go and MIT went on to score three of the final five goals of the period. But goals from Stevens and Dick kept the score from getting too close as the Boxers went into halftime with a 7-4 lead.

Strikes by Taplin and Mayhugh in the first minute of the second half extended the Pacific lead to 9-4. DiDio responded with a MIT goal with 28:28 to go, but the Boxers put together another five-goal run over the next 17 minutes to effectively bridge the gap over the Engineers. Five different Pacific players scored, with Oliver capping the run on her free position shot with 5:07 to go.

Brittany Hartmann (Sr., Portland, Ore.) earned the win in goal and improved to 5-3 on the year, making nine saves. Candice Kaplan took the loss for MIT, allowing nine goals and making three saves while playing the first 31 minutes of the contest.

Pacific now returns to the Northwest and will conclude a four-game road trip on Saturday as they play Carthage in a neutral site game in Tacoma, Wash. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.


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