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Pacific drops first-ever lacrosse match

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Pacific musters only five shots on goal in a 22-1 loss in the program's first game
by: Chase Allgood, Pacific’s Marissa Gottlob gets checked by Jamie Shumaker of Puget Sound during Sunday’s lacrosse game.

The Pacific Boxers had a rough time on both ends of the field in the program's first-ever varsity match, dropping a 22-1 decision to the Puget Sound Loggers in women's lacrosse action at Tom Reynolds Field on Sunday afternoon.

Shanlyn Souza scored the first goal in Pacific lacrosse history for the team's only goal of the game, but the Boxers were limited to five shots in the contest. Alyse Hetzel took two shots for the Boxers, while Puget Sound cracked off 42 shots.

Pacific struggled to contain the Logger offensive attack, surrendering four goals each to Karen Hansen and Ellen Fisher. Lindsay O'Brien netted three goals while Jamie Schumaker and Erin O'Dwyer each had a pair. O'Brien led the way in the assist category with four.

The turnover column did not go the Boxers' way either, as they gave the ball up 16 times to Puget Sound's five.

The match got off to a quick start with Puget Sound cashing in a goal 19 seconds in as O'Brien zipped a shot past starting Boxer goaltender Christine Nishida. Souza answered right back a minute later, scoring on a shot past the right side of Logger netminder Erienne Pedersen to tie the score at one.

After Souza's goal, it was all Puget Sound the rest of the way. The Loggers used a flurry of five goals in a five-minute span to push their lead to 6-1, then cruised to a 13-1 halftime lead, ending on a Schumaker goal with 30 seconds left.

The second half was more of the same as the Boxers' defense had trouble keeping up with the Loggers. Puget Sound tacked on five more goals in the opening ten minutes of the half, netting nine total in the final 30 minutes.

Nishida and Valerie Nelson combined to make nine saves in the contest for the Boxers, while Pedersen stopped one shot for the Loggers.

The Boxers are back in action at Tom Reynolds Field on Saturday, March 10 as they take on Pomona-Pitzer at 1 p.m. Puget Sound heads south to take on Redlands in Redlands, Calif., on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m.