Loggers downed by strong Maverick passing attack

Loggers downed by strong Maverick passing attack

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound lacrosse team ran up against the crisp passing of NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa Thursday, falling 21-8 to the Mavericks on Peyton Field in Tacoma, Wash.

The hometown Loggers opened the scoring account after just 21 seconds. After Sophie Grossman controlled the opening draw, Olivia Keene buried a shot past Colorado Mesa's goalie Lauren Wells for the Loggers' quickest goal this season. Puget Sound held the lead for the next 1:50 until Ashley Eickhoff got on the board for CMU, tying the game at one. The Mavericks then scored the next two, but Keene answered with her second goal of the game with just 4:57 elapsed to bring the Loggers within one score at 3-2.

Colorado Mesa scored the next three goals within a three-minute span, but Haley Jackson and Grossman both found the net to keep the Loggers within two at 6-4. After Eickhoff scored her fourth of the game with 10:55 remaining in the half, the game went scoreless for over eight minutes. Lexie Chavez broke the scoreless stretch with a goal 2:34 before half, and the score remained 8-4 in favor of the Mavericks heading into the break.

Both teams scored in the first minute of the second half with Eickhoff finding the net for CMU and Haley Schuster scoring for Puget Sound. After four minutes of the score at 9-5, the Mavericks added four goals between the 24:35 and 20:25 marks in the second half to take a 13-5 advantage.

Callie Holgate then finished off a pass from Maddie Soukup to halt the CMU run, but the visitors responded with two more goals for a 15-6 lead. Then a wild stretch of just over two minutes saw five total goals, two for the Loggers and three for the Mavericks. Soukup assisted on both of Puget Sound's goals as well, finding Jackson and Grossman for the scores. Colorado Mesa ended the game by scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes, claiming a 21-8 victory.

Three Loggers led the team in goals as Keene, Grossman, and Jackson all scored twice Thursday. Soukup's four assists, however, made her the team leader in points. Goalie Hailey Palmore and defender Elena Becker both picked up five ground balls to lead the squad, and Becker caused four turnovers throughout the match as well. Palmore stopped 15 shots, equaling her second-highest saves total of the season.

The Mavericks tallied assists on 14 of their 21 goals, the most assists by a Logger opponent this season. Kayla Lyall provided four of those saves, and Haley Kroll helped out on three other scores. Eickhoff led all players with eight goals, while Wells got the win, stopping four Logger shots on frame in 48:15 of action. Colorado Mesa (5-3) next plays Fort Lewis College at Durango, Colo.

Puget Sound (5-7) will next take the road for the final time this season, playing at Pacific in Forest Grove Ore., on Sunday, March 30. First draw for that game is at 12:00 p.m. They end the season with a four-game home stand that begins Friday, April 4 against George Fox.