LUTES FALL TO LINFIELD IN PLAYOFFS
Pacific Lutheran fell behind 28-0 at halftime, and couldn’t rally in the second half on the way to a 42-21 loss at No. 3 Linfield on Nov. 23 in the first round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs.
Quarterback Josh Yoder scored on touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards in the first quarter for Linfield, and connected with Charlie Poppen and Evan Peterson for touchdown passes in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a commanding lead.
Lutes quarterback Dalton Ritchey came back in the second half to connect with tight end Lucas Sontra for touchdown passes of 1, 12 and 15 yards, but it wasn’t enough for PLU. Ritchey finished 17-for-32 for 299 yards, with the three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Sontra hauled in four catches for 100 yards. The Lutes also outgained the Wildcats 379-355 in total yardage.
Jordan Patterson led the defensive effort for PLU with a game-high 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Mychael Tuiasosopo had six tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Lutes.
The Lutes finish the year with an 8-2 overall record, having placed second in the Northwest Conference with a 5-1 mark.
LOGGERS FALL IN NCAA THIRD ROUND
The Puget Sound women’s soccer team fell 3-0 to No. 1 Washington University on Nov. 23 in Saint Louis in the third round of the Division III playoffs to end their season.
Lillie Toaspern tallied a hat trick for Washington, getting them off to a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. The goal snapped a scoreless streak of over 569 minutes for the Loggers.
Toaspern struck again in the 50th and 55th minutes to put the match away.
Washington outshot the Loggers 19-7 in the match, but each team put five shots on target, as Washington keeper Amy French came up with five saves.
The three goals allowed tied a season high for the Loggers, as they finished by allowing just 10 goals during their 22 matches this season. It also snapped a 15-game winning streak for Puget Sound, which finished with a 17-3-2 overall record and a 13-1-2 mark in the Northwest Conference to win the title for the 12th straight year. It is the longest championship streak in Division III women’s soccer.
LADY LOGGERS OFF TO QUICK START
The Puget Sound women’s basketball team is off to a 3-1 start to the young season, having cruised to an 86-65 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at home on Nov. 23.
The Loggers were led by junior guard Amanda Forshay, who had team highs of 18 points and nine rebounds, while Emily Sheldon had 14 points and Allie Wyszynski added 10 points off the bench for UPS.
Forshay scored 16 points as the Loggers raced out to a 47-24 lead at halftime. They forced 14 turnovers by the Athenas in the first half, scoring 23 points as a result. Alexis Noren led the Loggers with four steals and six assists in the game. The Loggers also finished 7-for-15 from the three-point line in the contest, and sank 25 of 27 free throws. Their point total was also their highest since Nov. 25 of last season.
The Loggers return to action when they travel to the College of Idaho Tournament on Nov. 29-30. They face College of Idaho on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. and will take on Eastern Oregon on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.
LADY LUTES EDGED BY ATHENAS
Pacific Lutheran fell victim to a late surge by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at home on Nov. 21, as the Athenas used a 10-1 run in the final three minutes for a 72-68 win.
Samantha Potter led the way for the Lutes with 25 points – 18 coming in the second half – while also pulling in 12 rebounds. Shelly Kilcup added 17 points and six rebounds for PLU, and Katelyn Smith had a game-high 15 rebounds and added five assists. The Lutes pulled in 51 rebounds as a team, but shot just 32.3 percent (20-for-62) from the field, including going just 2-for-19 from three-point range.
The Lutes sit at 1-2 on the young season, and will travel up to Bellingham for the Lynda Goodrich Tournament at Western Washington University on Nov. 29-30. They will face Western Washington on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and St. Martin’s University on Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m.
LOGGERS FALL IN TWO TIGHT CONTESTS
The Puget Sound men’s basketball team lost two games by a total of three points at the Whitworth Classic in Spokane on Nov. 22-23.
The Loggers were edged 92-90 in overtime by Colorado College on Nov. 22 despite a huge night from guard Rex Nelson, who finished with game highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow guard A.J. Maw had 15 points and three steals, and Dan Cheledinas hit three three-pointers and tallied 14 points and six rebounds for the Loggers.
Puget Sound fell 82-81 to Old Westbury the next day, as Maw finished with a team-high 19 points, Nelson added 16 points and forward Nick Holden had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Loggers shot 54 percent from the field as a team, as Keith Shattuck added 11 points and Kohl Meyer had six points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The game featured 11 ties and 20 lead changes.
The Loggers next head across town for the Pacific Lutheran Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30, as they take on Denison on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. and St. Mary’s (Minn.) on Nov. 30 at noon.
FLYTE COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior runner Kathryn Flyte wrapped up her Puget Sound cross country career at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships on Nov. 23, finishing among the top 25 percent of runners in the Women’s 6K race at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.
Flyte ran the course in 22 minutes and 20.4 seconds, placing 64th out of 280 competitors and just 10 seconds away from a top-50 finish. Chelsea Johnson of St. Scholastica won individual honors with a time of 21 minutes and 11.7 seconds, while Johns Hopkins won the team title with 85 points.
Flyte was the first Logger woman to run in the NCAA meet since 2009 when Hayley Walker qualified for the meet. With a 64th-place finish, she’s the highest-finishing Logger since 2007 when Brittany Hodgson took 53rd in the national championship meet.