McMINNVILLE, Ore. – An early 1-1 tie quickly evaporated for Linfield as the Kenyon College Ladies scored nine unanswered goals en route to an 18-4 victory over the home-standing Wildcats Sunday at the Linfield lacrosse field.
Both teams found themselves challenged by the field conditions, which ranged from slippery mud to standing water in places.
Kenyon's Allie McLane scored a game-high five goals while the Ladies' Alex Bair dished a game-high three assists.
Linfield's Shelby Duarte registered a team-best three goals and set up another score.
Caroline Shipman of the Ladies scored an unassisted goal in the opening minute of the game, giving the visitors from Gambier, Ohio, the early advantage.
Linfield responded six minutes later when Halee Helgerson received a lofting pass from Duarte in the middle of the Kenyon defense, then shot the ball over the right shoulder of Kenyon goalie Meredith Bentsen for the equalizer.
The Linfield sideline was buoyed with energy following Helgerson's tally but the Wildcats' celebration was tempered less than a minute later when Kenyon's Kate Lang raced down the field and scored at the 22:17 mark.
The Ladies launched a game-deciding run, scoring nine unanswered points to put them up 10-1 at the intermission. Amy Morgan, Caroline Shipman, and Allie McLane each scored two goals during the scoring spree.
To close the half, Duarte scored two goals, one off a free position shot and the other off a nicely threaded pass from Sierra Edgerly, bringing the Wildcats within seven at the break.
Once play resumed, Kenyon scored the first four goals and led 14-3 with 20:32 remaining. The Ladies defense stood strong throughout the half, conceding one goal to the Wildcats, that by Duarte.
McLane scored three goals in the half.
The Ladies (1-1) outshot the Wildcats 35-7 in the match. Linfield (0-5) also committed 18 more turnovers than Kenyon, 28-10.
AHEAD: Linfield challenges the Southwestern University Pirates in McMinnville on Saturday. Match time is 1 p.m.