PACIFIC 12, GEORGE FOX 9: Boxers Get Drop on Bruins with 3-to-1 Advantage in Shots
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Kaylee Kolin made 18 saves in the net and Jessica Adrian scored four goals, but George Fox University was unable to overcome a 3-to-1 advantage in shots taken by the Pacific University Boxers, who used that to manufacture a 12-9 win over the visiting Bruins in women’s lacrosse Wednesday evening here at Lincoln Park Stadium.
The Bruins fell to 3-6 on the season while the Boxers improved to 7-7. Pacific thus swept the season series from the first-year George Fox team, having won their first meeting on Mar. 3 in Newberg 11-9 in overtime.
George Fox took an early lead on goals by Adrian and Alexa Nakashimada before Pacific got on the board with one by April Lanz. Adrian scored an up-goal to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead at the 19:24 mark, but the Boxers answered with five straight scores, the last two by Kacey Killingbeck, to go up 6-3 with 6:42 left. After the Bruins’ Christine Doherty and the Boxers’ Lanz traded goals, the visitors cut the margin to 7-6 at the half with goals by Adrian and Miranda Edwords, the last with only 1:21 left in the period.
Adrian tied it for the Bruins with a goal 55 seconds into the second half, but the Boxers took control by scoring the next four goals, with two apiece by Melanie Niehus and Amy Mayhugh, for an insurmountable 11-7 lead with 9:37 to play. The Bruins rallied behind goals by Rachel Gibbs and Nakashimada to cut the gap to 11-9 with 6:33 left, but could get no closer.
Pacific out-shot George Fox 38-13, including 30-11 in shots on goal, with Kolin posting her second-highest saves total of the season to keep the Bruins in the game. Her best also came against the Boxers in their first encounter when she stopped 20 shots. Pacific goalie Adrienne Salzwedel had to make only two saves to earn the victory.
Adrian tied her career high for goals, which she also achieved in the previous meeting with Pacific, while Nakashimada scored twice. Mayhugh and Lanz had three goals each for the Boxers, with Niehus and Killingbeck each scoring a pair.
NEXT: George Fox goes to the University of Puget Sound Friday for a 4:00 p.m. contest … Pacific concludes its season by hosting Linfield on Apr. 11 at 6:00 p.m.