Boxers Dominate First Half to Cruise Past Knights

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Amy Mayhugh (So., Tigard, Ore.) scored two of her three goals in the first half to go along with a pair of goals from Kaitlyn Harper (Jr., Oregon City, Ore.) as Pacific opened their Michigan road trip with a 10-3 victory over Calvin in action at Zuidema Field.

The performances helped stake the Boxers to a 6-0 lead with nine minutes left in the first half before Calvin scored their only first half goal with 8:48 to go. The Boxers, meanwhile, limited the Knights to just three first half shots and outshot their hosts by a 26-14 margin.

Carmen Taplin (Sr., Hillsboro, Ore.) added two goals for the Boxers (8-4) while Kara Smouse (Fr., Portland, Ore.) finished with a goal and two assists. Melanie Niehus (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kacey Killingbeck (Jr., Nampa, Idaho) also had a goal apiece.

Nikita Blaauendraat scored two of Calvin's three goals while Michelle Holwerda scored the third. Pacific held a 23-13 advantage in ground balls over the first year Knights (3-11) while Calvin had a 7-6 edge in draw controls.

A solid Calvin defense kept Pacific out of the net for much of the first five minutes before Mayhugh opened scoring off a Harper assist at the 25:19 mark. Smouse and Harper followed with unassisted strikes and Harper made it a 4-0 lead with 17:02 to go with a free position goal. Mayhugh tallied her second goal off a Smouse assist with 13:40 left and Taplin closed the opening 6-0 run with her free position goal with 9:39 left.

Blaauendraat finally got Calvin on the board with a free position shot with 8:48 to go to bring the Knights within 6-1 at halftime.

Pacific scored the first goals on the second half to all but assure the win. Mayhugh tallied her hat trick with an unassisted goal three minutes into the period and Niehus made it an 8-1 Pacific lead with 10 minutes gone. The two teams would trade goals over intervals of about five minutes the rest of the way.

Brittany Hartmann (Sr., Portland, Ore.) earned her eighth win in goal in her second to last game for the Boxers, making five saves. Lauren Spoelstra made 10 saves in the loss for the Knights.

Pacific will conclude the road trip and the season on Sunday against Olivet. Game time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (CDT).


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