by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Puget Sound outscored Whitworth by six goals in the second half to come away with a 14-9 victory in the Pirates' final home game of the season.
Ali Walker led the Loggers (7-5, 5-4 NWC) with four goals and two assists. Three Pirates (1-12, 1-9 NWC) scored two goals: Jordan Cain, Hannah Meador, and Liah Gingerich. The Bucs celebrated their three seniors, Grace Schmidt, Delynnia Woitt, and Caitlin Thomas, in a ceremony before the game.
Whitworth took a commanding lead in the opening ten minutes, using the momentum from Addie Stouder's no-look goal to build a 4-1 lead. Puget Sound knotted the game at 1-1, but Cain scored twice and Gingerich added another goal to put the Bucs up three.
While the offense was building the lead, Thomas was stellar on the other end of the field. The senior saved 4 shots in the opening 10 minutes and finished with a program record of 15 saves. Thomas saved 51.4% of the shots that came her way on Friday, a season-high.
The Loggers made their comeback with 18:30 left in the half. The Loggers scored three straight goals to tie the game at five. Whitworth bounced back with goals from Meador, Lauren Taylor, and Shay Clark, but the Loggers hung around and trailed 8-7 at halftime.
The second half was all Loggers. Puget Sound held Whitworth scoreless for the first 27:24 of the half as they scored six goals to take a 13-8 lead. Gingerich netted her second goal of the game on a free-position shot with 2:36 left, but there wasn't enough time for a comeback.
Whitworth finished the game with a season-high five free-position goals and bested the Loggers in groundballs (25-24). Meador led the team with five groundballs and Kalista Fourre grabbed four. Fourre also grabbed six draw controls, a season-high.
Ally Benko relieved Charlotte Donnelly in goal midway through the first half and made 11 saves and allowed 6 goals for the Loggers.
The Pirates close their season on the road against Willamette and George Fox. The Bucs take on the Bearcats on Saturday, April 27 and battle the Bruins on Sunday, April 28.