George Fox slips past lacrosse 12-11

George Fox slips past lacrosse 12-11

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound lacrosse squad played its second one-goal game of the season Friday afternoon, falling to George Fox 12-11 at East Field on the Puget Sound campus in Tacoma, Wash.

The visiting Bruins scored the game's first two goals, scoring two minutes apart at the 21:28 and 19:39 marks in the first period. Olivia Keene answered immediately for the Loggers, converting a free-position shot with 18:35 left in the half, and Kerri Smith scored in her first game back from injury to tie the game at two. George Fox scored three of the next four goals to take a 5-3 advantage, but Smith and Keene worked to eliminate that lead in the span of 1:20. 

With the score even at five, Alexa Nakashimada gave the Bruins another lead with a free-position shot, but Samantha Scott evened the game right back up with 5:02 left to play. George Fox again took a one-goal advantage with 4:13 remaining, but the Loggers scored the half's final three goals to take a 9-7 lead into the halftime break. Callie Holgate started the Logger charge by finishing off a pass from Smith, and then Smith and Keene also scored again to give the Loggers their lead.

Coming out of the half, George Fox evened the game up with two goals in the first 4:05 of the second half. Smith gave the Loggers another lead with 18:27 remaining in the period, converting a free position goal, but that advantage was erased a minute later by the Bruins' Jessica Adrian.

The Loggers thought they had taken a lead with about 11 minutes remaining with Smith found the net once again, but the goal was waved off after a stick check determined Smith's crosse to be illegal. George Fox took advantage of the suddenly tie score, taking a lead of their own with 6:51 left in the game. Smith evened the score back up with a free-position shot at the 3:35 mark for her fifth goal of the game, but the Bruins snuck one past Logger goalie Hailey Palmore with 30 seconds remaining in the match to take a late lead. They then grabbed control of the draw and ran out the clock to hang on for the victory.

Smith led all players with six points in the game, five goals and one assist. She took 12 shots, nine of which were on target. Keene also scored multiple goals, netting four for the Loggers. The freshman midfielder led the home team with seven draw controls while both she and Smith caused three turnovers. Four Loggers picked up three ground balls Friday afternoon: Smith, Keene, Elena Becker, and Haley Schuster, while Palmore made three saves in thirty minutes of action. Madison Paskett got the start in the game for the Loggers, making one save in the first half. 

For George Fox, Nakashimada led with five goals and five draw controls while Katelyn Bradshaw added five ground balls. In the cage, Kolin made 12 saves to pick up the victory. George Fox (4-6) will next take on Linfield Tuesday, April 8. That match will be the Bruins' final home match of the 2014 season. They return to Tacoma on Sunday, April 13 for a neutral-site contest against Loras, their season finale.

The Loggers (5-9) also host Linfield in their next match, although this contest with the Wildcats will take place Sunday, April 6 with a 1:00 p.m. start time on East Field. Puget Sound is hosting its' Lacrosse Youth Day on April 6, inviting all area youth lacrosse players to the game. There'll be an on-field meet-and-greet with Puget Sound players and coaches after the game.