Lacrosse suffers first loss of 2014 season

Lacrosse suffers first loss of 2014 season

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound lacrosse squad ran into a tough Pomona-Pitzer team Sunday, falling 18-8 to the Sagehens on a rainy Lower Baker Field in Tacoma, Wash.

The visitors from California quickly shook off the cold and rain as they scored twice in the opening two minutes. Caroline Cook got the Loggers on the board 2:46 into the match with a free position shot for her 10th of the season, but Pomona-Pitzer responded 24 seconds later with a second goal from Jana London. The Loggers capped off the initial five minutes with a goal from Haley Schuster to cut the score to 4-2.

After a scoreless next two minutes, the two teams combined to score six goals in five. The Sagehens scored the first three of those goals, but Olivia Keene and Maddie Soukup netted two in a row for the Loggers. London closed out the stretch with another goal to put the score at 8-4 in favor of Pamona-Pitzer.

Both teams scored two goals apiece over the next 10 minutes, but Pomona-Pitzer closed off the first half with two in the final 4:09 of the period to take a 12-6 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the break, the Logger defense held Pomona-Pitzer scoreless for the first 4:25 of the half, but the guests broke through with another goal from London at the 25:35 mark of the period. The Sagehens scored the next four goals to take a 17-6 lead, their largest of the game. Keene broke the Sagehen run with a score at the 9:33 mark in the second, and then both teams went scoreless for the next six and a half minutes. Pomona-Pitzer and Puget Sound traded goals at the 2:56 and 1:31 marks of the second period to set the score at 18-8 Pomona-Pitzer, the game's final score.

London led all players with 10 goals on 15 shots while Keene, Cook, Soukup, and Schuster all scored twice for the Loggers. Keene led the home squad with seven shots, six of which were on net, and she picked up four ground balls in the process as well. Anna Richmond took control of four draws for the Loggers and both Keene and Elena Becker caused two turnovers apiece in the loss.

In the cage, Hailey Palmore faced 33 shots on target, stopping 15 of them for a career high in saves. She suffered the loss, however, falling to 3-1 on the year. Pomona-Pitzer goalie Gaby Fukumura made saves on 10 of the 18 shots on goal she faced and tallied the win.

The Puget Sound lacrosse squad (3-1) will wrap up its six-game homestand with two games next weekend, starting with a 4:00 p.m. contest Friday, March 7 against Kenyon on Lower Baker Field. Puget Sound will also face Colorado College Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. on Peyton Field.