Second-Half Surge Sends Ladies Dancing by Boxers

FOREST GROVE Kenyon scored the final four goals of the game Tuesday, pulling away from a close contest to beat Pacific 10-5 in women's lacrosse action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

After trailing 5-3 at half, Pacific pulled to within 6-5 on Kara Smouse's (Fr., Portland, Ore.) with 10 minutes gone in the second half. Both teams went scoreless for the next six minutes before Amy Morgan scored off of goalie Meredith Bentsen's assist with 14:29 to go, starting the Ladies' closing four-goal run.

Smouse and Amy Mayhugh (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) shared top goal-scoring honors for the Boxers with two apiece. April Lanz (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) had Pacific's other goal. Pacific (2-4) outshot Kenyon 22-20 and held a 10-7 advantage in draw controls.

Caroline Shipman and Kate Lang led Kenyon (3-0) with three goals apiece. Alex Bair had two goals while Ansen Burr and Amy Morgan each scored one.

Pacific got on the board early with Mayhugh scoring off a free position shot at the 26:03 mark and Smouse tallying just six minutes into the game. Shipman led the Ladies back into the game as she bookended a three-goal run with goals at 18:52 and 15:24 as Kenyon went up 3-2.

Mayhugh tallied her second goal of the game just past the midway point of the period, but the Ladies would score the final two goals of the period, with Lang's strike off a free-position attempt with 24 seconds left gave Kenyon a 5-3 halftime lead.

Lang tallied again six minutes into the second half to build a 6-3 lead, but Lanz scored on the Boxers' next possession and Smouse tallied at the 20:20 mark to bring the Boxers within 6-5. Neither team scored for the next six minutes before Morgan received Bentsen's pass at midfield and streaked through open field to score at the 14:29 mark. The Ladies scored three more times in the final 13 minutes to close the game.

Adrienne Salzwadel (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) took the loss in goal, making six saves. Bentsen earned her third win of the year, making 14 saves.

Pacific returns to action on Thursday, hosting Southwestern (Texas) at 6:00 p.m. Today's game ended a three-game Northwest trip for the Ladies, who return home to host Thiel on Saturday.

2014-03-11



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