The Alma College Women's Lacrosse team kicked off the 2014 season with a trip to Tacoma, WA. to take on the University of Puget Sound. The Scots were unable to start the season on a high note, falling to the host Loggers 16-10 on Sunday evening.
With the loss, Alma falls to 0-1 to start the 2014 campaign while Puget Sound improves to 2-0 with the victory.
The match, originally scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m., was postponed until 7:00 p.m. due to a location change.
Alma wasted no time, getting on the board in just 25 seconds, thanks to a goal by Fr. A Emily Zadny (Hartland, WI/Arrowhead). Puget Sound would quickly recover by rattling off five-straight goals to take the commanding 5-1 lead at 15:05.
Fr. A Stephanie Chou (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) and So. A Ashton Street (Brighton/Brighton) also managed to find the back of the net for the Scots in the first half, but the Loggers remained dominant, closing out the first half up 10-3.
Jr. MF Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing/Waverly) started the second half with a goal at 28:04 to bring Alma within six at 10-4. Puget Sound followed up by scoring four unanswered to stretch the lead to double digits, 14-4, with just under 15 minutes remaining.
The Scots refused to go down without a fight as Zadny, Chou and Street each knocked in another goal to cut the deficit to 14-7. After a Logger goal, the trio each collected another goal to bring the Scots within five, 15-10, with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Puget Sound would find the goal one more time in the half and closed out Alma 16-10 on Sunday night.
Zadny, Chou and Street each finished with three goals for the Scots and Gallihugh chipped in with one goal and an assist in the loss.
Olivia Keene and Caroline Cook led the Loggers with four goals a piece.
Puget Sound bested Alma in nearly every statistical category on Sunday, including shots (40-19) and draw controls (17-10) while committing 24 turnovers compared to 29 for the Scots.
Alma returns to action again on Tuesday, February 25, when they travel to take on George Fox (Ore.) at 8:00 p.m.