Bucs Dominate 2nd Half in Inaugural Lacrosse Win

Bucs Dominate 2nd Half in Inaugural Lacrosse Win

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Whitworth Pirates dominated in the second half to earn their first win in program history, an 18-13 victory over Pacific (Ore.) on Friday evening. 

Trinity Frank led the Bucs (1-9, 1-6 NWC) with five goals and Liah Gingerich added four more. Alexa Erickson netted a game-high six goals for the Boxers (2-7, 1-6 NWC).

"I'm really proud of our group and I know it means a lot to have their hard work pay off on the scoreboard," said Whitworth head coach Noelle Brouillard. "It was a total team effort."

The Boxers looked to be taking control of the game early on when they jumped out of the gate to take a 4-1 lead, but the Bucs responded with five straight goals to take a 6-4 lead. Jordan Cain opened the run with a goal off Carolyn Quinn's assist before Frank and Kianna Fiorito each scored to knot the game at four. Gingerich provided the next two goals, which gave the Bucs their first lead in Northwest Conference play. 

Whitworth built its lead out to 9-5 later in the half thanks to goals from Shay Clark, Kalista Fourre, and Hannah Meador. Fourre's goal was her first of her career. 

Pacific bounced back at the end of the half, scoring the half's final five goals to take a 10-9 lead into halftime. Erickson led the charge, scoring one goal and assisting on another. 

The Pirates came out of halftime on a mission, scoring eight of the half's first nine goals. Gingerich and Frank got to the middle of the critical scoring area with ease and deposited four of the Bucs' first six goals in the second half into the back of the net. Meador, Quinn, and Delynnia Woitt added the remaining scores as the Pirates extended their lead out to 17-11. 

"We adjusted on defense at halftime to stop the drives sooner and our defenders stepped up to make it happen," Brouillard said. "Our attackers did a great job taking care of the ball and looking for good options to score." 

Erickson cut Whitworth's lead to four with two goals in 30 seconds, but it wasn't enough. Frank iced the win with a free-position goal in the final minutes.   

The Pirates set program records for shots (37) successful clears (20). Laura Wells set another record in goal with 10 saves in the second half.  

Gingerich and Fourre tied for the team lead with four groundballs apiece. Frank grabbed five draw controls and Fourre snagged four more. 

The Pirates continue their Oregon road trip on Sunday when they take on Linfield at 1 p.m.