Puget Sound comeback falls short at Pacific

FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The Puget Sound lacrosse team erased a five-goal lead late in the first half and tied the game in the second, but the Loggers could not find the go-ahead goal Sunday and fell 16-13 to Pacific at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore.

The host Boxers opened Sunday's scoring. Boxer attacker Amy Mayhugh picked up a ground ball in front of the Logger cage and immediately fired it into the net for the first goal of the game after two minutes elapsed. Puget Sound drew even at 1-1 six minutes later when Haley Jackson found the cage for the Loggers, scoring her 13th goal of the season. Pacific responded with four goals in just over one minute, but Olivia Keene got into the scoring action to pull the Loggers within two, converting a free position shot with 18:52 remaining in the first half.

After Keene's goal, Pacific added two more, but Sophie Grossman netted one to keep the Loggers within three. The Boxers scored three of the next four, but Keene and Maddie Soukup pulled the Loggers back within three with goals just 18 seconds apart with less than three minutes to go before half. Puget Sound continued the comeback in the final two minutes as Haley Schuster scored a free-position goal with 1:09 remaining and Grossman netted her second in the dying seconds of the half to put the Loggers within one going into the break.  

Pacific scored the first goal of the second half, getting a free position shot from Kacey Killingbeck. Mayhugh scored again four minutes later, but Callie Holgate and Keene brought the Loggers back within one at 11-10 with goals just 58 seconds apart 10 minutes into the period. The Boxers tallied another two-score advantage after Killingbeck scored in free play halfway through the period, but Holgate evened the match at 12 by scoring the next two goals.

After the Loggers tied the game at 12, the Boxers scored the next four goals to take a 16-12 lead with 5:46 left in the game. Keene brought the Loggers back within three by finishing off a pass from Jackson to trim the margin to three, but Pacific controlled the ball for much of the final three minutes, running out the clock en route to a 16-13 Boxer victory.

Keene led the Loggers with four goals on seven shots, but Holgate was right behind her with three scores, a career high. Logger goalie Hailey Palmore also saw a career high, equaling her personal best of 16 saves in the cage, and the junior goalkeeper also led the team with four ground balls. Keene controlled 12 draw for the Loggers, and Elena Becker added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to the Loggers' cause.

For the Boxers, Killingbeck led the way, scoring four goals and picking up five ground balls. In the cage, Adrienne Salzwedel made nine saves on 22 shots, picking up her sixth win of the season. Pacific (6-7) remains at home for their final two matches, the next one coming Wednesday, April 2 against George Fox.

With the final road trip out of the way, Puget Sound (5-8) enjoys home field advantage for their four remaining games. The Loggers also face George Fox in their next match as they take on the Bruins Friday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. That match will be played on East Field in Tacoma, Wash.