McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Early dominance by the University of Puget Sound gave the visiting Loggers an early 9-1 advantage on the way to a 16-2 triumph over the Linfield Wildcats Saturday in women's lacrosse action at the Linfield lacrosse field.
The Loggers established a healthy 9-0 lead in the first half before Linfield's Shelby Duarte put the Wildcats on the board with a goal with 1:44 remaining in the half.
In the half, it was clear that Puget Sound was the dominant team and the score line showed it. Despite 10 saves by Linfield goalkeeper Erika Phillipo (Jr., Eugene, Ore.), it was not enough to keep the Wildcats in contention.
At the half, the Wildcats trailed 9-1. Puget Sound's Kerri Smith, Caroline Cook and Maddie Soukup each connected on a pair of goals in the first period. Duarte was the lone Wildcat who scored for Linfield before halftime.
The Loggers continued to control the match as play resumed, adding six goals. Two more goals by Smith sealed the outcome in tegh Loggers' favor.
Linfield's Halee Helgerson (Sr., Milwaukie, Ore.) accounted for Linfield's other goal. Helgerson weaved her way through the UPS defense and fired the ball between goalkeeper Hailey Palmore's legs. The ball grazed Palmore's left leg, squirting past the goal line for the Wildcats' second point.
Smith recorded a match-high four goals while Cook added three goals. Cook, Soukup and Haley Jackson all assisted on goals for UPS. The Loggers enjoyed the clear advantage on the shot chart, shooting the ball more than twice as many times as Linfield, 29-12.
AHEAD: Linfield challenges Alma College of Michigan in McMinnville Friday. Match time is 1 p.m.