TACOMA, Wash. – A close game was blown open after halftime and the comeback attempt was thwarted as the Puget Sound lacrosse team fell 16-14 to Pacific in its home-opener on Monday.
Caroline Cook had five goals and one assist to lead the Loggers (1-1) on the attack and Julia Schulman pitched in three goals and a pair of assists. Kelly Stevens put a game-high six goals in the net while also dishing out two assists to lead Pacific.
While the scoring went back and forth over the majority of the game, Pacific came up with two substantial runs to secure the road win. After Cook scored the first two goals of the game, Kaitlyn Harper sparked a 4-0 run for the Boxers (2-0) to take the slight lead. The Loggers fought back to tie up the game at 5-5 and the teams traded goals for the next 15 minutes.
However, Pacific scored twice in the final 1:03 of the first half to take a 9-7 lead into the break.
The Loggers came out of the gates on a mission in the second half as Schulman struck just 24 seconds into the half for a quick goal to pull the Loggers back within one. It took just nine seconds for Pacific to respond as Amy Mayhugh found the back of the net right off the draw.
The Boxers used the big momentum swing to go on 6-0 run and build a 15-8 lead. Rachael Silva finally put an end to the run with just under 20 minutes to go but the damage had been done.
Cook scored three goals in the final 19 minutes and Schulman added in two more but the clock showed all zeroes before the Loggers could complete the comeback. Pacific used a 10-5 draw control advantage in the second half to first build the big lead and then keep the Loggers at arm's length.
Linnea Bostrom made seven saves in goal for Puget Sound while Brittany Hartmann made nine for the Boxers.
The Loggers will be back on Lower Baker this Friday to take on North Central at 6 p.m.