New-look Loggers post first winning season in four years

New-look Loggers post first winning season in four years

TACOMA, Washington – First-year head coach Elizabeth Daly led the Puget Sound lacrosse team to the program's first winning record since 2015, as the Loggers finished the 2019 campaign with an 8-7 mark.

The Loggers got off to a less-than promising start by losing their first three games of the season. However, freshman sensation Jenna Kisner quickly made her presence known when she scored five goals during her second-career collegiate game (vs. Ohio Wesleyan, March 11).

Kisner posted 11 more multi-goal efforts during the season, and she recorded a season-high seven points against Whitworth (March 31). 

The Loggers countered their season-opening losing streak with three consecutive wins. Puget Sound's first win of the season came at Willamette (March 17), and they followed with two more wins in Aurora, Colorado.

The day after beating Johnson & Wales in the Centennial State, Puget Sound needed overtime to top Marian (Wis.). The Loggers faced a three-goal deficit with less than six minutes left in regulation, but Ali Walker put the Logger offense on her back to send the game into overtime. Walker scored her third goal of the game with 5:22 left in regulation, and she brought the Loggers to within a score by netting another goal just one minute later. Puget Sound continued to trail, 9-8, for the next two minutes until Walker's sixth goal of the game sent the teams into overtime.

Following a scoreless first overtime, Kisner's third goal of the contest came with 20 seconds left in the second overtime and gave Puget Sound its third consecutive victory. 

By the end of the Colorado trip, Puget Sound played six games in a 12-day span.

The Loggers entered Senior Day – the final game of the season – with a 7-7 record. Puget Sound capped off the season with a 15-2 triumph over Pacific (April 28).

At end of the season, Walker and Sara Burke both earned All-NWC honors. Walker's 49 points ranked 12th in the NWC. She totaled 37 goals and 12 assists, both of which ranked behind Jenna Kisner for the Loggers. NWC coaches elected to not reward Kisner with an All-NWC honor.

Walker totaled 10 multi-goal games during the season, including a season-high six goals in the win against Marian (Wis.).

Burke led a Puget Sound defense that allowed only 166 goals during the season, which is the third-fewest goals allowed in the NWC. Like Walker, Burke started all 15 games for the Loggers.

Despite missing five games with injury, Ally Benko ranked second in the NWC for both saves (101) and save percentage (45.1 percent).

Lauren Mastin totaled 17 goals and six multi-goal games, including a season-high four scores against Whitworth (March 31). Hannah Bushing finished with 14 goals on the season, and a pair of three-goal efforts.