Keene breaks season scoring record as Loggers roll

Keene breaks season scoring record as Loggers roll

TACOMA, Wash.—Olivia Keene broke Puget Sound lacrosse's single-single scoring record Friday, scoring five goals in a 17-7 Logger victory over Southwestern at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

Keene found paydirt five times Friday afternoon, scoring three of Puget Sound's first five goals in the match. She went into halftime with three goals in her pocket and just score one away from tying the record of 56, set by Sofia Lama in 2008 and tied by Julia Schulman in 2011. Coming out of the halftime break, Keene tied the record with a score five minutes into the second. The freshman from Whitman, Md., broke the mark five minutes later and put the Loggers up 16-1.

The east coast native has now scored five goals in two consecutive games, and she's found net at least once in all 16 contests this season. She's netted more than five goals twice this season, scoring six Feb. 28 against Pacific and seven March 19 versus Hope. At 62 points on the season, she's second place in the Loggers' season record book, nine points behind Lama's 71 in 2008.

Thanks in large part to Keene and Kerri Smith, the Loggers grabbed a 6-1 lead on the Pirates Friday. The two combined to score all six of those goals for the home squad. Smith opened scoring just 27 seconds into the game with a goal, and Keene followed up for her first of the game 1:09 later. Southwestern got a goal from Kaitlyn Campbell in the fifth minute of the match, but that would be it for the visitors from Texas until the second half.

In the final 12 minutes of the first, the Loggers got six more goals through four different players. Callie Holgate netted two, both coming off free position shots, while Maddie Soukup also found paydirt twice, both of which came in the run of play. Smith scored her fourth of the game with five minutes before halftime, and Haley Schuster turned a free position attempt into a goal just 40 seconds before the horn sounded. 

Puget Sound continued its roll in the second half, scoring the period's first four for a 16-1 lead 10 minutes in. Meghan Bacher scored 28 seconds into the period, Keene got her fourth four minutes later. After Soukup added another one at the 22:00 mark, Keene netted her record-breaker with 20:25 left to play.

From that point on, the Pirates scored six of the game's final seven goals, but the game was too far out of hand. The Loggers coasted to the 17-7 victory, their second consecutive double-digit victory and fourth of the season.

In addition to her five goals, Keene also picked up five ground balls and five draw controls for the Loggers, leading them in all categories. She also caused three Pirate turnovers to lead the home squad as well. In goal, Hailey Palmore earned the win after starting between the pipes and playing the entire first half. She made four saves in her 30 minutes of action. Madison Paskett played the second half, stopping two Pirate shots in the process.

For Southwestern, both Campbell and Christina Rosendahl scored twice, and Anne Brown led the team with six ground balls. In the cage, Caitlin Stanyard took the loss, allowing eight goals in 19:05 of action while making just two saves. Rosa Castaneda Hernandez took over for Stanyard after the Loggers' eighth goal and made four saves while allowing nine goals in the final 40:55 of the match. Southwestern (6-9) remains in the Pacific Northwest for its season finale, a Sunday, April 13 neutral site affair against Loras in Tacoma. That contest will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Puget Sound (7-9) also has one game remaining in 2014, also a game against Loras. The Loggers and the Duhawks will compete on Wednesday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. That game will also take place in Baker Stadium in Tacoma.