Keene scores seven as the Loggers prevail 15-12

Keene scores seven as the Loggers prevail 15-12

TACOMA, Wash.—Olivia Keene paced the Loggers with seven goals Wednesday night as the Puget Sound lacrosse team beat Hope College 15-12 on Lower Baker Field in Tacoma, Wash.

Keene's seven goals tied the most by any Logger player in the last three years. She equaled a mark set twice by Julia Schulman, who last accomplished the feat March 17, 2013 at Whittier. Five of Keene's goals Wednesday came in the first half, and she opened the match with two goals in the first 1:14 of the contest. 

After Keene's two quick shots to open the game, the Logger offense continued to roll. They score three more before the halfway mark in the first period with Caroline Cook, Sophie Grossman, and Keene all scoring during that stretch. Grossman's goal was the first of her collegiate career. The Flying Dutch next got on the board twice in a 12-second stretch, but Keene responded by grabbing a draw control and scoring with 10:17 left in the first.

Cook, Keene, and Maddie Soukup all scored in the remaining 10 minutes while Hope added two more in the half as well, and the Loggers went into the break ahead 10-4.

Hope's offense came out of halftime on fire as the Flying Dutch scored seven goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half. Keene and Cook scored one apiece in that stretch as well to offset the Flying Dutch run, and Cook netted two more in a 2:14 span around the midpoint of the half to give the Loggers a three-goal lead. Hope scored with 11:05 remaining to come within two again, but Keene tallied her seventh of the night with 9:12 showing on the clock to put the Loggers up for good at 15-12.

Aside from leading the team in goals, Keene tallied five draw controls and had all 10 shots find the frame Wednesday night. Riley Weidle saw a strong night on defense, causing three turnovers and picking up two ground balls. Four Loggers picked up four ground balls against Hope, including Keene, Hailey Palmore, Elena Becker, and Haley Schuster

Palmore got the start in goal, making nine saves in 53:18 minutes of action. She also picked up the win, advancing to 4-3 on the season. For the Flyng Dutch, Shilo Donnell earned the start and the loss, making three saves in 30 minutes. Racquel Harrouk came in after halftime and made seven saves on the night.

The Loggers (5-4) now head to Colorado Springs, Colo., for two games in two days. They take on Morrisville State in a neutral site contest Friday, March 21, and will face host Colorado College Saturday, March 22. The match against the Tigers will complete the home-and-home series the two schools have against each other. Colorado College came to Tacoma March 9 for a match on the Puget Sound campus already.