TACOMA, Wash.—It was another close contest for the Puget Sound lacrosse squad Friday, but this one didn't go the Loggers' way as they fell 14-11 to Morrisville State in a neutral-site match Colorado Springs, Colo.
Maddie Soukup led the way for the Loggers, tallying career highs with four goals and five total points. The freshman from Seattle is currently fourth on the squad in both categories. Three of her goals and her one assist came in the first half.
Both teams came out firing as they combined for five goals in the first 6:51. Shelby Wood scored in the match's first 36 seconds for the Mustangs, but Soukup countered two and a half minutes later for Puget Sound. Haley Jackson evened the game at 2-2 with a goal 5:52 into the game, and Soukup added her second less than a minute later.
After the scoring outburst, the game slowed down a bit. Morrisville State netted two goals within just over a minute around the middle of the period, and the Mustangs found the net again with three minutes remaining. Soukup responded with her third of the period with a free position goal a minute later, and Olivia Keene finished off a pass from Soukup to even the match at five-all. The Mustangs pulled ahead with 27 seconds left before halftime, however, and went into the break up 6-5.
Coming out of half, Keene wasted no time as she took the opening draw control to the cage and scored her second of the game. Jackson netted her second of the contest three minutes later as well, and the two would also score to give the Loggers a lead later in the half, scoring at the 17:52 and 15:32 marks, respectively. With just under 10 minutes left, Anna Richmond gave the Loggers a three-goal lead by scoring her second of the season, finishing off a pass from Keene.
At that point, Morrisville State took over. The Mustangs scored five straight to take a two goal lead with 4:35 remaining in regulation. Soukup added her fourth of the game with 3:38 left to bring the Loggers within one at 12-11, but the Mustangs closed with two goals in the final 3:21 to hold on for the victory.
Keene also had a strong day for the Loggers, scoring three goals and assisting on three others for six total points. She pulled down 12 draw controls for the Loggers as well, equaling the Loggers' season high set March 7 by Caroline Cook. In goal, Hailey Palmore also set a career high by making 16 saves on 30 shots in all 60 minutes of action. She took the loss, falling to 4-4 on the season. Leading the squad on defense, Riley Weidle picked up five ground balls for the Loggers while Elena Becker added four. Becker also caused three turnovers.
Early in the first period, Meghan Bacher tallied her first collegiate point, assisting on Jackson's first goal that evened the game at 2-2.
With the three-score difference, the Loggers played their third straight contest decided by three or less goals. They fell by just one goal to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after nearly erasing a six-goal deficit on March 17, and they beat Hope College by a score of 15-12 March 19. The Loggers also saw a contest decided by four goals March 7 in a loss against Kenyon.
Wood led the Mustangs with eight goals and five ground balls on the day, while goalie Cailin Dunphy made five saves on 16 shots. With the win, Morrisville State advances to 2-2 in 2014 and will next take on Alfred in Morrisville, New York.
Puget Sound (5-5) will remain in Colorado Springs for a contest at Colorado College. That game will take place Saturday, March 22, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. The Loggers and Tigers will be playing their second game of the season as Colorado College previously beat Puget Sound March 9 in Tacoma, Wash.