Linfield Wildcats

April 14, 2014
Wildcats finish season in style
Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Senior Shelby Duarte exploded for a career-high nine goals and the Linfield Wildcats trounced the Loras Duhawks 18-5 Monday afternoon at the Linfield lacrosse field.
Sierra Edgerly also tallied three goals for the Wildcats while Halee Helgerson and Chas Tittle each had a pair of goals.
Kaitlyn Kutsch of the Duhawks did all she could but her four-goal effort was not enough to lead the visitors from Dubuque, Iowa, over the hump.
Duarte opened the scoring with the first two goals of the contest, each coming within the first five minutes of the opening half. 
Kutsch and the Duhawks answered Duarte's quick start with two goals, squaring the contest at the 23:10 mark. The Wildcats went on to score the next three goals, with Duarte adding another tally while Tittle and Sierra both contributed goals during the run. 
Duarte scored her fifth goal with 1:22 left in the first half, putting the Wildcats firmly in command, 10-4.
The Duhawks' Hannah Nelson answered with under a minute left in the half, seemlingly cutting the deficit to 10-5. However, Nelson's point was negated when the match officials ruled her stick to be illegal. 
By intermission, Linfield had outshot Loras 19-10. The Wildcats also outhustled the Duhawks for loose balls, getting to one more ground ball than the visitors, 15-14.
The Wildcats started the second half on fire, scoring the first four goals. Duarte and Edgerly led the spurt, each with two goals. 
Kutsch broke the run with a goal of her own, but it would eventually stand as the Duhawks' only goal of the period. 
Linfield goalkeeper Erika Phillipo recorded nine saves between the pipes. Claire Sheahan and Meredith Gawlik split time in goal for Loras, combining for 14 saves.

In addition to her two goals, Helgerson set up two other scores. Hana Gould totaled five ground balls while Molly Goldberg and Rebecca Kropp chipped in with four.
Seven Linfield seniors capped their careers on a winning note – Duarte, Edgerly, Gould, Lisa Sjursen, Zoe Young, Nichole Thoens and Kristine Rullestad.
Earning its only victory at home this spring, Linfield finished with a record of 3-13, three more than the previous season. Duarte enjoyed a career year, scoring 50 goals and dishing out four assists while posting a .549 shot percentage.
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