April 16, 2014

Loggers end 2014 by equaling season’s biggest win

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound lacrosse team ended its season in impressive fashion Wednesday, rolling through Loras College 20-2 at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. The 18-point victory equaled the Loggers' largest of the season and third-largest in school history.
 
The Loggers got their first scores of the game in the fourth minute. Just over three minutes into the contest, Callie Holgate found paydirt to open the scoring record. Just 36 later, Kerri Smith found the net for a 2-0 Logger lead. Puget Sound scored five more times in the match's first 10 minutes, capped off by a goal from Samantha Scott at the 9:51 mark. Scott finished off a pass from Maddie Soukup for the score, her third of the season.
 
Puget Sound netted goals exactly one minute apart at the 17:41 and 16:41 marks, and the Loggers took a double-digit advantage with 12:53 remaining in the half when Haley Jackson found the net for the second time. Hailey Shoemaker next got into the scoring action, netting her first career goal. Loras goalie Claire Sheahan got a piece of Shoemaker's shot, but the ball still bounced over the line and into the goalmouth for a score.
 
After two more goals from Puget Sound, Loras netted its first with 11 seconds left before halftime. Cat Brandt finished off a pass from Anna Schwalbe for the Duhawks' goal.
 
Coming out of the break, Puget Sound added two more in the first five minutes of the second half, and Jackson scored her third of the game 10 :30 into the period. After a free-position score from Holgate, Anna Richmond picked up her third goal of her freshman season to put the Loggers up 18-1.
 
The Duhawks got their second of the game at the 8:03 mark from Hannah Nelson scored, but Jackson countered with her fourth of the game five minutes later. With a bit over one minute remaining, Meghan Bacher scored her fifth of the season after finishing off a pass from Holgate to close the scoring record.
 
Thanks to Bacher's goal, the Loggers enjoyed an 18-point lead, the second time this season they've beaten an opponent by 18 points. They also won by 18 on April 6, beating Linfield 23-5.  The 18-point margins are their third-highest as a program with the largest being a 21-point victory on March 22, 2009 in a 22-1 win over North Central.
 
Jackson's four goals paced Puget Sound while both Smith and Soukup added three apiece. Smith assisted on three other goals for six total points, and Jackson also totaled six points after assisting on two goals herself. Olivia Keene dominated the draws Wednesday, controlling 11, her fourth most of the year. Keene also picked up eight ground balls while Soukup added seven to the Logger cause.
 
In goal, both Hailey Palmore and Madison Paskett played 30 minutes in the cage, both making one save on the day. Palmore picked up the win by virtue of starting the game in goal, advancing to 6-8 on the season.
 
With the win, Puget Sound wraps up the 2014 season. Numerous season records fell this year as Keene ended the year with 59 goals, 76 ground balls, and 119 draw controls, all new program highs. Smith also put her name in the record books with 19 assists on the year.
 
With no graduating seniors this year, the Loggers look to return all 20 members of the 2014 squad next season. For the most up-to-date information regarding Logger lacrosse, stay tuned to www.LoggerAthletics.com.



Lauren Stuck
Mount Airy, Md.
South Carroll HS

A junior in her third season of Logger lacrosse, Lauren Stuck knows what it means to be a member of a team. She loves working alongside her teammates, who provide a constant reminder that she is a part of something bigger than herself. “Playing a team sport requires you to put your teammates above yourself, being willing to push yourself for the sake of others, and trusting that your teammates are doing the same thing for you. It’s a palpable feeling when everyone on the field is working together; when the many parts form a working whole and everyone gets to share that success. It is an amazing feeling."