Belles Stopped by Boxers
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team got stronger as the game went along and fought to the final whistle on Tuesday night. The Belles, however, were stopped short in an 18-5 final against Pacific University.
The host Boxers established a 5-0 lead through the opening ten minutes of play, leading to a timeout by the Belles. After Abby Krauss won the ensuing draw control for the Belles, Clare Theisen found some space and fired a shot in for the team's first goal of the game and her first goal in a Belles uniform.
Two free position goals and an unassisted goal pushed Pacific's lead to 8-1 before Aubrey Golembieski put another goal on the scoreboard for Saint Mary's. The sophomore cut to her left before making a cut back to her right and spinning off her defender back to her left for the close-range goal inside the eight-meter fan.
Pacific closed out the first half with five straight goals for a 13-2 lead at the halftime break. The Boxers extended their lead further in the second half with the first four goals of the period to make it 17-2 with 24:25 left on the clock.
Emilie Vanneste broke up the scoring run for Saint Mary's. The sophomore collected a pass in transition from Hanna Makowski and made the Boxers pay for having low numbers back defensively with her second goal of the season.
Pacific registered their final goal of the game with more than 16 minutes left in the game while the Belles still had a lot of fight left in them late. Aubrey Golembieski notched her second goal of the game with 9:50 remaining in the contest.
Several minutes later as the game was nearing its end, it initially appeared as if the Boxers had scored their 19th goal. The shot, however, was waived off as Katlynn Dee drew a foul against her offensive counterpart. Dee then took advantage of an open midfield and ran the ball down the field before feeding a pass to Golembieski in the Belles' offensive end. Golembieski made quick work of finishing the play with her third goal to make it 18-5 with 1:04 to go.
Clare Theisen and Mary Grace Heller each caused two turnovers, and Theisen led the Belles five ground balls and five shots. Heller added four ground balls, and Aubrey Golembieski picked up three ground balls. Shannon Weyer made eight saves in goal for the Belles.
Aubrey Golembieski led the Belles with three goals on the night. Emilie Vanneste added a goal, and Clare Theisen registered the first goal of her collegiate career for Saint Mary's. Hanna Makowski assisted Vanneste's goal while Katlynn Dee had the assist on Golembieski's third goal of the game.
The Belles (0-2) conclude their spring break trip to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow when they take on Linfield University at 6:00 p.m. PDT.