TACOMA, Wash. – It looked like it was going to be an edge-of-your-seat, battle-to-the-finish type game. However, the Puget Sound women's lacrosse team broke open a back and forth battle in the second half to secure an 18-10 win over North Central.
Caroline Cook scored five goals for the second game in a row and Julia Schulman added in five more to lead the Loggers (2-1) on the attack. Linnea Bostrom was a force in the net, stopping nine shots in the second half alone for 12 saves in the match.
Bostrom and the Loggers' defense held the Cardinals (0-1) scoreless for a 21-minute span in the second half to support the Loggers run. After the Loggers led 8-7 at halftime, they went on a 9-1 run to open the game in the second half.
Danielle Fiala scored for the Cardinals just 10 seconds into the game but Schulman responded less than a minute later for the Loggers. The teams traded goals and Claire Norfleet's goal with 22:58 to go in the opening half put the Cardinals back up 3-2.
That would be the last time the Cardinals led as Grace Reid found the back of the net with 20:49 to go and again with 19:19 to go. The Loggers never trailed again although the Cardinals kept the score close as Fiala scored with 8:04 remaining to bring the Cardinals within one at 8-7.
No one scored for the rest of the half but the Loggers would score three times in the first 4:01 of the second half to take theirs biggest lead of the night. Cook added another goal with 22:32 to go and the Loggers were up 12-7 all of a sudden. Rachael Houp scored for the Cardinals with 18:20 to go but the Cardinals wouldn't score again until the final minute.
Meanwhile, Cook and Schulman scored short-handed goals to continue growing the lead and the Loggers cruised to the win. Bostrom came up big in several spots in the second half, stopping some point blank shots and swallowing up the rebounds to gain control for the Loggers.
Grace Reid also had three goals for the Loggers while Kerri Smith dished out a trio of assists.
The Loggers start a three-game swing through southern California on Sunday at Whittier.