Linfield Wildcats
March 24, 2014
Mavericks lasso Wildcats
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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Short-handed but not lacking team spirit, the Linfield Wildcats endured a 19-1 setback to the Colorado-Mesa Mavericks Monday at the Linfield lacrosse field.
 
Linfield coach Sammy Smith had just 11 players available for action due to spring-break departures, injuries, and a red card suspension that carried over from the previous match.
 
Colorado-Mesa, a NCAA Division II program, brought enough players for two full teams. The Mavs dominated throughout the opening period, scoring 14 unanswered goals in the half. Ashley Eickhoff, Rachel Lyall, Kacie Jay and Rachael Sutton of the Mavericks each scored two goals.
 
Colorado-Mesa controlled the ball at the Linfield end of the field for long stretches, leaving the Wildcats unable to render a shot on goal in the opening half. 
 
The visiting Mavericks put points on the board quickly. Kayla Lyall opened up the scoring with 27:41 on the clock.
 
A 13-goal run followed, capped off at the end of the half by CMU's Maddie Spor slicing the middle of the Linfield defense and burying the ball in the back of the next with six seconds left on the clock.
 
Linfield recorded its first shot when Shelby Duarte (Jr., San Ramon, Calif.) fired a bullet that was deflected away at the 28-minute mark of the second half.
 
The Wildcats ended the Mavericks' 16-0 scoring run when Duarte shrugged off two defenders and put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with 16:29 remaining.
 
Colorado-Mesa closed out the game the way they started, going on a 3-0 rally.
 
The Mavericks were potent at the offensive end, outshooting the Wildcats 32-6. Three goalies saw action for Colorado-Mesa and were called on to make just two saves. Linfield netminder Erika Phillipo (So., Eugene, Ore.) chalked up nine saves.
 
NEXT: With spring break in full swing, Linfield (0-9) embarks on its longest road trip of the season, starting with the Aurora University Spartans in Illinois on Thursday. The game is set to start at 4 p.m local time.
 
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