Lacrosse team kicks off 2014 with big win at Linfield

McMINNVILLE, Ore.—The Puget Sound lacrosse squad played its first game of the season Saturday at Linfield, easily dispatching the Wildcats 16-2 in McMinnville, Ore.

The Loggers got on the board twice in the opening two minutes. Maddie Soukup scored her first collegiate goal 1:32 into the contest to give the Loggers an early lead. Olivia Keene added another one three seconds later, also netting her first collegiate goal in the process.

Puget Sound got another two goals in the span of a minute a bit later in the match. Haley Jackson scored from a free position shot with 23:53 remaining in the first half, and then Caroline Cook got in on the action half a minute later, scoring with 23:23 left on the clock. From a span of 2-:52 to 16:17, they scored four more goals to take a commanding 8-0 lead. They picked up a ninth four minutes before halftime, but with 1:44 left in the half Linfield got on the scoreboard with a score from Shelby Duarte. Despite the Wildcat score, the Loggers went into the break up 9-1.

Soukup added another early goal in the second half, scoring her third goal of the game 2:22 into the new period. Both Keene and Smith added another goal each between the 22:22 and the 21:12 marks, with Smith's coming off a free position shot as well. Smith added her fourth and final goal seven minutes later, giving the Loggers a 14-1 advantage with 14:06 to play.

Scoring slowed down in the last 14 minutes of the game as the teams combined for only three goals during that stretch. Linfield got a second from Halee Helgerson with six minutes remaining, but the Loggers netted the last score of the game as Cook netted her third of the night with 23 seconds left in the match. Those 23 seconds ran out and the Loggers won their season opener 16-2.

Smith led the Loggers with four goals on nine shots, eight of which were on goal. Cook, Keene, and Soukup scored three times, and Soukup's three goals came on all three shots she attempted. Defensively, the Loggers tallied 14 caused turnovers with five players causing two each. Keene led all players with five ground balls while Elena Becker added four to headline the defense.

As a team, the Loggers outshot Linfield 28 to 12 with 25 of the Loggers' shots being on net. Linfield picked up 31 ground balls compared to Puget Sound's 30, but the Loggers forced the Wildcats into 24 turnovers with Logger defenders causing 14 of those directly.

Starting goalie Hailey Palmore picked up the victory, playing 50:09 in goal while allowing one goal and making five saves. Madison Paskett also saw some time between the pipes, saving two of the three shots on goal she faced.

The Loggers (1-0) return home to face Alma College Sunday, Feb. 23. That contest will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Lower Baker Field on Puget Sound's campus in Tacoma, Wash.