Offense shines bright in big win over Linfield

Offense shines bright in big win over Linfield

TACOMA, Wash—The Puget Sound lacrosse team saw its best offensive output in two years Sunday, scoring 23 goals against Linfield en route to a 23-5 win on Lower Baker Field in Tacoma, Wash.

Puget Sound found paydirt 23 times, scoring 15 times in the first half alone. Their 23 goals is a season high as the last time Puget Sound last scored 23 times in one game was March 4, 2012, also at Linfield. Ten different Loggers scored against the Wildcats Sunday, including three for the first time in their careers. Olivia Keene led the squad with five goals while Kerri Smith scored four times and added two assists for six total points.

Smith got the Loggers going early, scoring just 16 seconds into the match for the Loggers' earliest goal of the season. Linfield got on the board two minutes later, but Meghan Bacher struck 24 seconds after the Wildcats' goal, netting the first of career. Chas Tittle evened the game at two a minute and a half later, but Keene scored two goals in the span of 32 seconds for a Logger lead. The Wildcats leveled the match again with two straight, and after Keene netted her third of the game, Linfield came back to even the game once more with a goal from Sierra Edgerly at the 19:21 mark.

At that point, the Loggers took over. They scored twice in the 13th minute to take another two-goal lead, and then they scored a goal a minute during a four-minute stretch around the halfway mark of the period. Bacher ended that stretch with her second goal, converting on a man-up situation for the Loggers.

After a score from Haley Schuster with 9:48 remaining in the half, Elena Becker scored her first career goal with 8:38 remaining. For the score, Becker picked up a ground ball from a Linfield turnover and was fouled in the fan. After her free-position attempt was saved by Linfield goalie Erika Phillipo, Becker picked up the resulting ground ball and snuck a shot past Phillipo for the goal.

Callie Holgate and Haley Jackson both scored in the final 5:01 of the half to give the Loggers a 10-goal lead at halftime, leading 15-5.

The break did not cool down their offense as Maddie Soukup scored her second of the match just 30 seconds into the period. Smith and Schuster also scored before eight minutes had elapsed in the half.

With 9:46 remaining, Bacher struck again for her third career goal, and Lauren Stuck got in on the scoring action 1:10 later when she netted the first of her career as well. Stuck finished off a pass from Holgate to net the memorable tally. Soukup wrapped up the scoring record with a goal at the 7:29 mark of the second half, giving the Loggers a 23-5 lead. 

To go along with her five goals, Keene led the squad with five ground balls and 14 draw controls, the most by a Logger this season. Both Holgate and Becker forced three Wildcat turnovers each as well. In the cage, Madison Paskett and Hailey Palmore split time with Paskett starting the game and picking up the victory. She saved two shots on the day while Palmore blocked all three shots on goal she faced.

As a team, the Loggers collected 30 ground balls and 27 draw controls, both season highs. They also attempted 43 shots on the day, also a season best.

Edgerly led the Wildcats on the day, scoring three goals on six shots. Philippo picked up six ground balls for the Wildcats, and she made 14 saves in the loss. The Wildcats next take the field Tuesday, April 8th, when they travel to face George Fox in Newberg, Ore.

With the victory, Puget Sound advances to 6-9 on the year with two games left to play. The Loggers host Southwestern on Friday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m. in their penultimate contest. First draw for that game will be at 4:00 p.m. on Peyton Field in Tacoma.