Tigers Trap River Hawks

Kriekie van Wyk - Photo by Christine Jacobsen
Kriekie van Wyk - Photo by Christine Jacobsen

LOWELL, Mass. - In an interdivisional matchup, the Pacific field hockey team snapped their losing streak as they defeated UMass Lowell, 5-2 Sunday morning. Kriekie van Wyk recorded a hat trick while Savannah Burns and Taylor Dempsey each added a goal for the victorious Tigers.

Rylee Comeau had the first shot of the match for Pacific that was just wide of the net after a beautiful pass from Kriekie van Wyk. Allie Konkol nearly put Pacific on the board but her shot in the first half also went just wide of the goal.

Pacific was itching for a goal and with minutes left to go in the first half, van Wyk placed one in the back of the net after rebounding her initial shot that was saved by the 'keeper. The goal put the Tigers up 1-0 heading into halftime.

Pacific's defense shutout their opponents in the first half not allowing a single shot for the first time this season.

In the second half, the Tigers came out strong as Axelle Steffen blasted a shot just left of the River Hawks' goal.  That wouldn't be all from the Tigers as they went up 2-0 after a perfectly executed penalty corner as Emma Leach took the corner while Ash Rutherford laid down the stop and Burns ripped one right passed the River Hawks goalkeeper.

With the assist from Leach, she now leads the team with five assists on the season.

UMass Lowell cut Pacific's lead in half after taking a shot from the stroke line to put themselves on the board, however, the Tigers would not be phased by the River Hawks goal as the Orange and Black scored back-to-back goals in the 45th and 46th minutes. Justine van Lathem led van Wyk to the net as she took a backhanded shot from the center of the circle to put the Tigers up 3-1.

Pacific extended their lead to 5-1 after van Wyk registered a hat trick and team leading fifth goal as she scored on another backhanded shot from Rutherford in the 55th minute giving the sophomore her third assist of the day.

The River Hawks got within three after a redirect found the back of the net on a penalty corner late in the second half, but that was not enough as the Tigers led 5-2 as the clock hit zero.

The Tigers outshot their East Division opponents 23-5 making it the most shots Pacific has taken in a single game during the 2017-18 campaign.

Marlise van Tonder gets her second win of the season between the posts as the Tigers move to 2-3 on the season.

Junior, van Wyk lead the team with six shots, while Burns and Steffen each had three.

Rutherford, who broke the record for assists in a single season last year with 14, recorded three assists in the win.

The East Coast trip concludes on Monday, September 11 as the Orange and Black take on Sacred Heart in New Haven, Conn. with a start time slated for 8 a.m. PDT. Live stats will be available on Pacifictigers.com.

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