Boxers Sack Scots Behind Five Goals By Mayhugh

FOREST GROVE Amy Mayhugh (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) showed that she is ready to assume the mantle of Pacific's primary goal scorer Wednesday night as she tallied five goals to lead the Boxers to a 13-10 victory over Alma in the 2014 women's lacrosse season opener at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Mayhugh tallied three of her goals in the second half, which allowed the Boxers to hold off a spirited comeback bid early in the period by the Scots. Her line also included five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. She led a night that saw the Boxers out-shoot the Scots 28-21 along with holding a 29-26 advantage of ground balls and a 17-6 edge in draw controls.

Meg Chapman (Fr., Woodinville, Wash.) made her Pacific debut by scoring two goals, including the first goal of the season just 25 seconds into the game. Newcomer April Lanz (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) also had two goals while Melanie Niehus (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo), Kasey Killingbeck (Sr., Nampa, Idaho), Paisley Hiefield (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and Kara Smouse (So., Portland, Ore.) had one goal apiece.

Stephanie Chou and Tracy Gallihugh scored three goals apiece to lead Alma (1-2), who was competing in the third leg of a four-game Northwest road trip. Ashton Street and Emily Zadny scored two goals each.

Chapman's opener led a surge that saw the Boxers score five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Hiefield's first career goal opened up a 3-0 advantage at the 25:26 mark before Gallihugh tallied the Scots' first goal just 12 seconds later. Pacific scored the next four goals, two off the stick of Mayhugh, and Street put in the last goal of the period with 31 seconds left as the Boxers went into halftime with a 7-2 lead.

After Mayhugh opened the second period with her third goal of the game, the Scots turned up the offense to try and challenge the Boxers. Gallihugh started the string of four straight Alma goals with 27:32 left, Chou added two strikes and Zadny closed it at the 21:34 mark to bring the Scots within 8-6.

After the two teams traded goals, scoring went silent for a 10-minute stretch before Abby Talboy (So., Boise, Idaho) found Mayhugh for her fifth goal of the dame with 11:49 left, starting a string of three straight Pacific goals that effectively put the game out of reach. Killingbeck's goal with 8:40 left closed the run and gave the Boxers a 12-7 lead. Alma would closed the game scoring three of the final four goals, including two within the final two minutes.

Pacific travels north to Tacoma, Wash., this weekend. They will face Northwest rival Puget Sound on Friday before playing a neutral site game against Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Wash. Alma closes their Northwest swing on Friday at Linfield.

2014-02-27



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