McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A fiery start and seven-goal contribution by attacker Amy Mayhugh fueled the visiting Pacific University Boxers to a 19-6 victory over the Linfield Wildcats on Tuesday at Linfield's lacrosse field.
Mayhugh did most of her damage in the first half, scoring six times. The Boxers' Kacey Killingbeck added four scores on the night, helping Pacific more its record above .500 to 5-4.
Attacker Shelby Duarte tallied three times, Halee Helgerson contributed two goals and an assist, and Chas Tittle wove her way for a goal and an assist to pace the Wildcats.
Pacific began the match on fire, planting the first three goals through the first six minutes of play. After collecting a ground ball 30 seconds into the match, Mayhugh opened the scoring by darting through the Wildcats' defense and beating Wildcats goalkeeper Erika Phillipo.
Linfield eventually answered Pacific's three scores with a Helgerson goal. The junior attacker fired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net. The Boxers went on to score five of the next six goals to take an 8-2 lead with 11:29 remaining in the half.
Duarte did her best to keep Linfield in the match, scoring a goal for the Wildcats with a little over 13 minutes left on the clock. With the goal, Duarte kept her personal streak of scoring in every home match this season intact.
After Kelsey Dammerell fired the ball in the net with less than 10 minutes in the period to pull Linfield to within five, the Boxers shifted into another gear, scoring the closing four goals of the half. During the run, April Lanz had two goals to put the visitors ahead 12-3 at the break.
Pacific outshot Linfield 23-12 in the first 30 minutes. Mayhugh paved the way with six Pacific goals, all but one of which was unassisted. Phillipo made nine of her 11 stops in the first half.
Coming out of the break, quick goals by Helgerson and Duarte pumped some life back on the Wildcats' side.
Pacific answered Linfield's rally with six consecutive goals, putting the Boxers in command by a comfortable 18-5 margin. Melanie Niehus and Killingbeck each had a pair of goals in the run.
Pacific ended the contest with 38 shots, 22 more than the hosts. The Wildcats also lost statistical battles in the turnover and ground ball columns, losing possession 24 times compared with the Boxers' 17 and corralling six fewer ground balls, 37-31.
NEXT: Linfield (0-7) challenges the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas in McMinnville Thursday starting at 6 p.m.