Boxers Start Strong but Can't Keep Pace with Kenyon

FOREST GROVE - Pacific kept pace with Kenyon for the first 15 minutes of the match Tuesday, but the Ladies scored the final 13 goals of the game to run away with a 15-2 victory over the Boxers in their women's lacrosse home opener at Lincoln Park Stadium.

The Boxers (0-2) found themselves tied with Kenyon at 2-2 midway through the first half, but found themselves stymied in the final 45 minutes as Kenyon's defense closed down on the Boxers and forced Pacific into some poor shots.

Abby Coleman (So., Beaverton, Ore.) and Lilia Lee (So., Waimanalo, Hawaii) finished with one goal each to lead the Boxers, who were outshot by the Ladies 31-18. Johannah Wong (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) finished with five shots and an assist. Lori Hanken (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) led Pacific with three ground balls and three draw controls while Erin Bayne (Jr., Everett, Wash.) finished with two caused turnovers.

Amanada Drummond led Kenyon (3-0) with four goals. Alicia Florin, Jackie Shirreffs and Liz Hancock each registered two goals. Drummond and Hammond each finished with three draw controls. Isabel Plourde had four ground balls and Jenny Fitzgerald and Florin had two caused turnovers.

Shirreffs and Drummond scored the first two goals of the game for Kenyon before Coleman put Pacific on the board off of Wong's assist with 22 minutes to go in the first half. Lee scored the equalizer three minutes later to make it a 2-2 game.

From that point, however, it was all Kenyon on the offensive end. Scores by Sarah Masel and Florin doubled things up at 4-2 before Drummond tallied the final three goals of the period to give the Ladies a 7-2 halftime lead.

The game went scoreless over the first 10 minutes of the second half before Shirreffs tallied for the Ladies with 19:40 to go. Florin added a goal one minute later and was followed by a pair of goal by Hanock and single strikes by Jenny Stern, Trina Rennis, Amelia Lavin and Fitzgerald.

Goalkeeper Valerie Nelson (Jr., Coeur D'Alene, Idaho) finished with 15 saves for the Boxers, while Ladies netminder Chase Kreuter needed just six stops.

Pacific returns to action on Thursday, hosting area rival Linfield in a 4:00 p.m. match at Lincoln Park Stadium. Kenyon, of Gambier, Ohio, wrapped up a three-game Northwest road trip and will play next at Washington & Jefferson on Mar. 19.

2008-03-12



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