’Cat Lax crushes opponents in weekend games

Kaelia Neal, Editor-in-chief

It was a rewarding weekend for women’s lacrosse as the team crushed Puget Sound 13-7 and Pacific 18-8.

“Our goal for this weekend was to play as a team. We came out and did just that,” head coach Brittany Hartmann said.

Genna Hughes, ’18, Maya Peterson, ’20, and Gabriella Moe, ’21, were all scorers for ’Cat Lax against Puget Sound.

By the second half, Linfield was up 8-2.

Puget Sound scored the first goal of the half but ’Cat Lax answered back with three straight goals.

The Loggers also scored three straight times to bring the score 12-6. Each team scored twice more to close the game 13-7.

Nathaly Sanchez, ’21, Shawqueea Parker, ’21, Alex Jensen, ’20, Molly Herrera, ’20, Jenna Hessel, ’21, Moe, Peterson and Hughes were all scorers against Pacific.

’Cat Lax came out ready to play by scoring the first three goals of the game. The half ended with Linfield well ahead, 11-3.

Pacific started the second half strong by making two goals to bring the score 11-5. But this propelled four straight goals by the ’Cats.

Pacific scored three more times and Linfield scored six more times to close the game 18-8 in the ’Cats’ favor.

“I think that we played with a lot of heart this weekend. Our bodies are all sore and broken, but we pushed through the pain for each other,” Peterson said.

It was also Senior Day on Sunday for ’Cat Lax. Linfield celebrated its lone senior, Hughes.

“It was definitely a bittersweet Senior Day. I’m going to miss the team a lot and all the friendships we’ve made,” Hughes said.

“But it’s nice having only one senior because that means that there will be a lot of returners who can continue making this program successful.”
Peterson said the team was playing even harder in honor of its senior.

“We wanted to send her out with a win in her last game at the Cat Dome,” Peterson said.

’Cat Lax is ranked third among the five Northwest Conference competitors. The team has a conference record of 4-2 among conference competitors and an overall record of 6-5. The team won only one game last season.

“I am incredibly proud of how far they have come this season. It’s amazing to be part of,” Hartmann said.

’Cat Lax only has two games left this season. The team plays Whitman on April 14, and George Fox on April 21.

“I cannot believe the season is almost over. Our goals for the next tough opponents is to give everything we have and move the ball quickly out of pressure to avoid turnovers,” Hartmann said.
“No matter what happens, I am very proud of their performance.”