Boxers Send Seniors Out with a Bang, Blow Out Wildcats

FOREST GROVE Pacific sent their four graduating players out with a game to remember Friday as the Boxers held Linfield's offensive production to a minimum in an 18-4 rout of the Wildcats in the Boxers' lacrosse season finale at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Pacific limited Linfield to just 14 shots on the night while throwing 34 shots at the Wildcats. Pacific also held a 23-18 advantage in ground balls and a 19-5 edge in draw controls.

The victory gave Pacific their fifth consecutive winning season as they finished the year with an 8-7 record. Linfield dropped to 2-13 on the season.

Kacey Killingbeck (Sr., Nampa, Idaho) closed her career in grand style, leading the Boxers with three goals and four assists. Amy Mayhugh (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) added three goals while April Lanz (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.), Mealnie Niehus (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Paisley Hiefeld (Fr., Portland, Ore.) each had two goals. Six other Pacific players had one goal apiece.

Halee Helgerson led Linfield with three goals while Shelby Duarte scored one.

Pacific built a 3-0 lead right out of the gate, scoring the three in the first five minutes of the contest. After Helgerson scored Linfield's first goal at the 20:30 mark, the Boxers rattled off four straight scores. Mayhugh had two of the goals while Niehus and Kara Smouse (Fr., Portland, Ore.) had the other two as the Boxers took a 7-1 lead midway through the first half.

Helgerson scored back-to-back goals to reduce the Linfield deficit to 7-3, but the Boxers scored five unanswered goals to close the half, starting a run of nine straight goals. Niehus tallied off a Killingbeck assist with two seconds left to give the Boxers a 12-3 halftime lead.

Pacific added four more goals over the first 21 minutes of the second half, going up 16-3 on Nicki Leeming's (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) second goal of the season.

Adrienne Salzwedel (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) closed the season with the victory, making just six saves. Erika Phillipo took the goalkeeper loss for Linfield, making nine stops.

In addition to Killingbeck, tonight was the final game for Claire Carpenter (Jr., Escondido, Calif.), Niehus and Jenelle Taylor (Jr., Pendleton, Ore.). All four graduating players were honored prior to the game.


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