Lacrosse optimistic for next season

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The Pacific women’s lacrosse team ended their season April 11 with wins in each of their final three games. With these victories against other teams in the conference, Pacific achieved a fifth consecutive winning season, going 8-7.

Senior Claire Carpenter said the team really came together and worked well together.

“I think we ended the season on a high note,” she said.

All three final games were played at home and showcased the improvement made by Pacific against teams played earlier in the season.

While the team consisted of majorly freshmen, the girls strove to play at the same level they were used to.

Carpenter said they achieved a level of play that made it fun and competitive.

Playing with so many new players, however, doesn’t come without it’s difficulties. Carpenter said it was hardtop overcome the inexperience in college level games.

First, the Boxers defeated Puget Sound March 30 with a 16-13 win. The win compared positively to an earlier 10-13 loss against Puget Sound in late February.

George Fox visited Lincoln Park Stadium for the next game April 2, where the Boxers won 12-9. Pacific visited George Fox in early March, where the Boxers defeated the Bruins 11-9.

The Boxers played Linfield April 11 in the final game of the season, with Pacific winning handily 18-4. Pacific routed Linfield 19-6 back in mid-March.

The Linfield game marked the final performances of four graduating team members. Kacey Killingbeck, Claire Carpenter, Jenelle Taylor and Melanie Niehus were all given recognition before the game began.

Carpenter remembered her last game with the team, when they rallied together and helped her score the first goal of career.

“The fact that they wanted me to score and fought to get me the ball to make it happen was the best memory for me,” she said.

Most of the team’s losses have come from out-of-conference competitors this year. This includes three games played during a trip to California during spring break, where the Boxers lost to Chapman University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Occidental College.

Though not as successful as their 9-4 record from last season, the Boxers still came out of this season on a winning spree, with a lot to look forward to next year.


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