TACOMA, Wash.—While it wasn't quite déjà vu for the Puget Sound lacrosse team, the Loggers did score 16 goals for the third time in as many games during a 16-10 victory over Pacific Friday on East Field in Tacoma, Wash.
Pacific scored the game's first two goals in the game's first two minutes, but Olivia Keene got the Loggers on the board 2:17 into the contest with her first of the day. The Boxers went up 3-1 three minutes later, but the Loggers quickly erased that deficit with scores from Caroline Cook and Kerri Smith less than half a minute apart.
The two squads found themselves tied at five with six minutes remaining in the half, but the Loggers scored four times in those final minutes to take a 9-5 advantage into the 10-minute break.
Coming out of halftime, Pacific again scored two early goals to pull within two, and then the two squads traded goals. At the 16:51 mark in the period, Maddie Soukup found the net and then Keene scored again to give the Loggers a four-goal advantage. Pacific got one of those scores back at the 12:04 mark, but the hosts scored the next four goals to take a 16-9 lead with 3:50 remaining in the contest. Amy Mayhugh of Pacific then scored with 3:25 left to bring the game to 16-10, where it would stay.
Keene led all scorers with six goals, netting those on eight total shots. Cook fired 12 shots on the day, scoring twice, while Callie Holgate and Soukup each added two goals as well, and Smith scored three. Haley Jackson netted one for herself, but she also assisted on two other goals to lead the squad in that category. Both Keene and Elena Becker picked up six ground balls, while Keene also controlled eight draws and caused four turnovers as well.
In between the pipes, Hailey Palmore faced 17 shots on net, saving seven of them. She picked up the win to advance to 3-0 on the season. Pacific's goalie, Adrienne Salzwedel, fell to 1-1 after making 12 saves on the Loggers' 28 shots on net in a losing effort.
The 16-10 score line matched the score of Puget Sound's previous game against Alma. Puget Sound also netted 16 in their season-opening rout of Linfield when they beat the Wildcats 16-2. The team is 3-0 on the year, the Loggers' best start to a season since 2009 when they opened the year with six consecutive wins.
The Puget Sound lacrosse squad will look to continue its winning ways Sunday, March 2, when they welcome Pomona-Pitzer to town. That game starts at 10:00 a.m. on Lower Baker Field on the Puget Sound campus.