Puget Sound holds on for six-goal victory over Alma

Puget Sound holds on for six-goal victory over Alma

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound lacrosse team tallied its second victory in as many days over its season-opening weekend, holding on for a 16-10 victory over Alma College Sunday on Lower Baker Field on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma, Wash.

The Scots scored first with Emily Zadny scoring 25 seconds into the match, but Kerri Smith and Caroline Cook both scored in the next three minutes to give the Loggers the lead, one they wouldn't relinquish. Puget Sound scored the next three goals, including one with the man advantage at the 19:40 mark in the first half. Haley Jackson and Maddie Soukup netted the Loggers' other two goals during that stretch, with Soukup scoring just about halfway through the period with 15:05 showing on the clock.

Both squads scored twice over the next eight minutes, but the host Loggers netted the final three goals of the half. Smith netted one with 5:13 remaining in the half while Cook scored twice, including finishing off a pass from Jackson a minute and a half away from halftime. After Cook's third goal of the night, the Loggers picked up the draw control and tallied three more shots, but Alma goalie Stephanie Herman stopped all three of them to keep the score at 10-3 going into the break.

Alma again scored the first goal of the second half after Tracy Gallihugh picked up a ground ball in the Alma defensive zone ran with it to the Loggers' zone, and then finished it off for her first score of the year. Olivia Keene answered back, getting possession of the resulting draw control and scoring a goal for herself just 13 seconds after Gallihugh's. Smith added another goal for the Loggers just over six minutes into the period, and then the Loggers took a 10-point lead with goals from Haley Schuster and Keene within two minutes of each other. Schuster's goal, a finish off a pass from Soukup, was the first of her career.

Now motivated by the 10-goal running clock, Alma started attacking more to try and come back from the deficit. They scored three goals within 2:20 of each other to cut the lead down to seven, but Jackson gave Puget Sound a brief reprieve with her third goal of the night. Alama countered immediately by gaining the draw control and scoring just 12 seconds after Jackson. The Scots picked up two more goals to pull within five, but Keene iced the game with 1:28 remaining by scoring her fourth of the game and seventh of the season. After Keene's goal, the Loggers didn't allow Alma another shot and the Loggers held on for the 16-10 victory.

The Loggers outshot Alma 40-19 during the game, putting 34 on frame while the Scots saw 17 of their 19 attempts either score or saved by Logger goalie Hailey Palmore. Puget Sound also picked up seven more ground balls and controlled seven more draws than Alma, and the Logger defense forced 14 of Alma's 29 turnovers as well. Alma, on the other hand, forced 10 of Puget Sound's 24 turnovers.

Both Keene and Cook scored four goals for the Loggers with Keene's tally coming on nine shots and Cook's on eight. Cook also led the squad with eight ground balls while Cook and Keene both controlled six draws each. Defensively, Cook caused five turnovers while Smith forced three. In goal, Palmore made seven saves and picked up six ground balls on the night. Alma's Harrison made 18 stops and led that squad with nine ground balls.

Puget Sound (2-0) next takes the field Friday, Feb. 28 when they host Pacific at 2:00 p.m. That game will take place on East Field on the Puget Sound campus in Tacoma.