The women’s lacrosse team ended its March 14 game cold, wet, muddy and defeated after facing off with the Pacific University Boxers at home.
The Wildcats fell to the Boxers with a final score of 18-8, after the Boxers powered ahead in the second half, widening the first half’s 11-3 gap.
Junior Mariah Jones, the leading scorer for the Wildcats, made four goals. Jones also picked up assists to junior Brittani Drost and sophomore Zoe Spring after senior Taylor Fisher set up two goals for the women.
Spring also scored a pair of goals, while Fisher and freshman Halee Helgerson each added one of their own.
“We played really good during the first half and were only down two or three goals at one point. We connected and were playing well, but then I’m not sure what happened,” Jones said. “I think the energy went down some during the second half. The other team was really revved up.”
The Boxers’ energy was apparent when Melanie Niehus, Carmen Taplin and Amy Mayhugh each scored four goals for their team. Kristen Dick also contributed two goals to the Boxers’ win.
“The Boxers are one of the better teams in the conference,”Jones said. “I have played against the team for three years now, and they always double and triple team me. It’s nice, though, because someone else is always open. It eliminates me but helps everyone else out.”
Pacific’s Ali Loeb had three saves in goal, while Linfield’s sophomore Tori Kraft made eight stops.
Linfield junior Tessa D’Allesandro scooped up five ground balls to Kasey Killingbeck’s four for Pacific.
“My team has stepped up a lot,” Jones said. “The caliber of players on the other teams is increasing, and we’ve gotten a lot of young players.”
Jones said that for the Wildcats’ next game, she hopes to build on the skills that the players already have and to improve from Wednesday’s game to capture a win.
“I want to work on more of our plays. When you’re in the game, you don’t think about doing all of them. I also want to be more aggressive,” Jones said.
The Wildcats will play against Missouri Baptist University on March 26 and Fontbonne University in St. Louis on March 27.
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