LOGGERS LACROSSE ON A ROLL
After starting the season 0-4, the UPS lacrosse team has won three straight games at home in the past week. Leading scorer Julia Schulman tallied 16 goals total in the three matches and now has scored 26 for the season.
The team got its first win of the season after beating Morrisville State 17-9 on March 18. The Loggers jumped ahead quickly as Schulman scored less than a minute into the match, and three other Logger goals put them up 4-0 within the first 10 minutes. By halftime the Loggers held a commanding 11-4 lead, and never let the Mustangs get closer than a five-goal deficit in the second half.
Senior Anna Gunderson added four goals for the Loggers, and junior Grace Reid dished out three assists. Sophomore Jamie Anderson led the Mustangs with six goals. The Loggers kept up the offensive pressure all match, holding a 35-20 shot advantage over Morrisville State.
On March 19, the Loggers found themselves having to fight back from an early deficit against Carthage. The Lady Reds scored three times in the eighth minute of the game to take an early 4-0 lead. Schulman led the Loggers back by scoring five goals in the next 20 minutes, and sophomore Jessica McDonald added a goal three seconds before halftime as UPS trailed 8-7.
Freshman attacker Hannah Erikson gave the Loggers their first lead at 9-8 when she scored with 15 minutes to play. The Loggers would never relinquish that lead, scoring the first five goals of the half and going on to win 12-9.
The Loggers continued their momentum on March 21 with a 15-10 win over visiting Fontbonne University. Junior Kristine Morris put UPS up 6-3 with just over 17 minutes left to play in the first half, but the Griffins answered with three goals in the next eight minutes, including two by Mary Alice Price, to tie it at six apiece.
After having a slim 8-7 lead at halftime, the Loggers scored five unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, including a backhanded goal by Gunderson to put them up 13-7.
Schulman led the Loggers with five goals and Morris added three, while the Griffins were led by Price’s four goals.
The Loggers continue their long homestand with a match on April 1 against Linfield.
By Jeremy Helling
POOL TOURNAMENT ONGOING
The Emerald Queen Casino and American Cue Sports (ACS) are currently teaming up to host a pool tournament at the EQC showroom. The tournament features 40 pool tables in the showroom, with men’s and women’s 8-ball, 9-ball, team and scotch-double competitions. There are two divisions for the tournament, one being the “Open” division, and the other the “Masters” division. All participants paid entrance fees of $30 or $40, according to ACS volunteers Tim and Kit Dennis, who have helped put on the event. Hundreds of participants are competing for prizes ranging from $250 in the singles competitions to $2,000 in team competitions. The 8-ball singles champions in both divisions will be crowned March 25, with the 9-ball championships on March 24 for men, while the championship for the women was decided on March 23.
By Jeremy Helling
PLU WINS TWO OF THREE
The Pacific Lutheran baseball team took two of the three games against Pacific University on March 19-20. The Lutes dropped the first game of a doubleheader on March 19 by a score of 8-1 after Pacific broke open a tight, low-scoring game with three-run innings in the eighth and ninth. Right fielder Sam Kaplan, who had come in earlier in the game as a pinch-runner, provided the final margin by launching a three-run homer in the top of the ninth.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair, with PLU taking an early 3-1 lead on a three-run homer to left in the bottom of the first. Pacific tied the contest 4-4 in the top of the seventh after Nick Schwartz singled and eventually scored on a groundout by Jared Van Hoon.
The Lutes took the lead for good when after an error extended the inning, freshman left fielder Jacob Hoffman launched a ball over the left field fence to put PLU up 7-4. The Lutes eventually picked up the 7-5 victory as pitcher Dan Johansen went the distance, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.
In the rubber game on March 20, the Lutes jumped ahead early on a bases-loaded single by center fielder Ryan Aratani in the bottom of the first, driving in two runs. Ryan Frost and Zack Halverson followed with singles to drive in two more runs, putting the Lutes up 4-0 after one.
That would end up being more than enough for PLU, as pitcher Scott Wall was dominant, allowing one run on five hits in nine innings pitched, with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
The Lutes tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-0 lead, and eventually cruised to a 6-1 victory. They hope to continue the momentum this weekend as they travel to Willamette for a three-game series March 26-27.
RAINIERS TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Tacoma Rainiers single-game tickets are now on sale to the general public. The 2011 schedule features 72 home games in the fully renovated Cheney Stadium, with the home opener taking place on April 15. The schedule features 34 weekend dates, 12 Tasty Thursday/Dollar Deal dates and 14 Friday night fireworks dates. To purchase tickets call 1 (800) 745-3000 or visit www.tacomarainiers.com.
COBRAS INVITED TO UW PRO DAY
Tacoma Cobras owner Theo Hall and offensive line coach Keith Jones met with University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian recently to discuss the pro day scheduled for March 30. Professional scouts will be timing and evaluating seniors and possible other players who graduated earlier.
“Out of maybe 15 guys who will not make it to the pros, there may be three or four good enough to play in our lead,” said Dennis Slutak, director of football operations.
For the handful of players not quite ready for the NFL, but still passionate about the game, a chance to play with a professional team such as the Cobras keeps alive their hopes of moving to the next level.
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