Pacific Tops Fontbonne in OT to Win First Match Ever

IRVING, Texas It was a hard-fought battle between two first-year teams looking for their first victory, and in the end it was Pacific that finished out winners in a marathon match.

Lilia Lee (Fr., Waimanlo, Hawaii) put in the game-winner in with just 16 seconds left in the overtime period Sunday to give Pacific a 12-11 victory over Fontbonne at the University of Dallas for the Boxers' first victory as an intercollegiate program.

While both teams kept each other in check in the scoring column, the Boxers (1-4) found themselves on top of nearly every other aspect of the game. The Boxers outshot the Griffins 33-26, held a 17-7 advantage on ground balls and a 7-6 edge in draw controls.

Lee finished with three goals in the match, matching Mimi Takamune (Fr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Alyse Hetzel (So., Hillsboro, Ore.) for top scoring honors. Chelsea Sickman led Fontbonne (0-5) with five goals.

Lee struck first to open scoring for the Boxers, connecting on a goal just 50 seconds into the match for a 1-0 Pacific lead. Sickman and Jessica Deutsch answered with back-to-back goals before a string of strikes by Takamune, Lee and Hetzel gave Pacific a 4-2 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half.

Sickman responded with two more back-to-back goals, but scores by Marissa Gottlob (So., Helena, Mont.), Takamune and Sarah Chrusoskie (Jr., Salem, Ore.) pushed Pacific's lead to 7-5 with two minutes left in the stanza. The Griffins' Danielle Donza cut the lead to one with a minute to go and Sickman netted her fourth goal of the period with 13 seconds left to tie the match 7-7 at intermission.

Fontbonne, of St. Louis, Mo., scored four of the first five goals in the second half, leaving the Boxers to play catch-up as the clock wound down. Takamune started the late rally with her third goal at the 11:08 mark. Sarah Conkey (So., Hopkins, Minn.) brought Pacific to within one with her lone goal at the 6:11 mark and Hetzel tied things up with 3:30 remaining at 11-1 and forced the overtime period.

While both teams battled hard in the extra period, it was the Boxers who earned the final say. Lee connected with time expiring off an assist from Sarah Hourston (So., Hood River, Ore.) for Pacific's first game-winner.

Valerie Nelson (So., Coeur D'Alene, Idaho) earned the victory in goal, making 12 saves and held the Griffins scoreless in the final 18 minutes of action. Goalie Kasey Thompson took the loss with 11 saves.

2007-03-28



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