Comeback falls short as Loggers fall 10-9

Comeback falls short as Loggers fall 10-9

TACOMA, Wash.—Despite scoring five times in the game's final six minutes, a Puget Sound comeback fell jut short as the Loggers fell 10-9 to visiting the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas on Lower Baker Field in Tacoma, Wash.

The Athenas opened the game by scoring the first four goals. Christina Sutherland netted the game's first 4:58 into the match, and then Anthea Weixel added another 17 seconds later. The two scored C-M-S' next two goals as well, both of them coming from a free position shot.

Haley Schuster stopped the bleeding for Puget Sound, converting a free position attempt with 10:51 remaining in the first half. Schuster's attempt wasn't the Loggers first scoring opportunity, however, as the home team fired five shots in the 19 minutes preceding their score. Athenas goalie Sara Ginsburg made saves on the first three of those and the other two sailed high.

After Schuster's goal, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored the period's final two goals as the visitors went into the break up 6-1. 

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps added to its lead twice in the first six minutes of the second half to take an 8-1 advantage. The Loggers responded with the next three scores, including two goals one minute apart: a shot from Callie Holgate with 12:33 remaining and another from Kerri Smith with 11:33 left in regulation.

The Athenas extended their lead back out to six by netting the next two goals, but those scores ignited the Logger offense as Puget Sound nearly eliminated that deficit in the final six minutes. Caroline Cook got the rally going with a goal at the 5:48 mark, and Maddie Soukup followed 41 seconds later with a goal of her own. The game went scoreless for the next three minutes as CMS controlled the draw after Soukup's score, but Holgate picked up the resulting ground ball and returned it to the Loggers' attacking third of the field.

Cook snapped the scoreless stretch after a few Logger shots and an Athena turnover, converting a free-position goal with 1:53 remaining on the clock. She grabbed the resulting draw control and scored again with 1:09 remaining. Finally, she earned another free position attempt with 44 seconds remaining and buried that past Ginsburg to pull the Loggers within one.

Puget Sound won the ensuing draw, but an errant pass from Olivia Keene gave the Athenas possession late. The visitors then cleared the ball and ran out the clock, holding on for the 10-9 victory.

Cook led all players with four goals, those coming on nine shots. Keene tallied six ground balls and six draw controls to lead the Loggers in both categories, and Haley Jackson, Hailey Shoemaker, and Smith all caused two turnovers each for the Loggers.

In the cage, Madison Paskett started the game and made two saves on four shots in 15:24. Hailey Palmore replaced her after the Athenas' fourth goal of the night and went onto save seven shots in her 44:36 of action. Paskett suffered the loss, her first one of the season. For Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Ginsburg made 11 saves in all 60 minutes, advancing to 4-2 on the year. 

The Loggers (4-4) look to bounce back with a contest against Hope College Wednesday, March 19. That game will start at 6:00 p.m., again on Lower Baker Field in Tacoma.