LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 8 Pacific pulled off an 11-6 victory over LMU Friday afternoon. The Tigers scored four straight in the third and limited the Lions to just one goal in the final two periods to secure the victory. Pacific starts the weekend off on a good note, clinching it's first match of their three-game roadtrip.
The Orange and Black move to 9-6 on the year following the match and 2-0 in the Golden Coast Conference. LMU drops to an overall record of 12-14 and 2-1 in GCC play.
LMU controlled the pace of the match early on as it opened with the first goal of the match in the sixth minute and scored a late goal with 1:16 to go to hold a 2-1 edge against the Tigers. Pacific's Rachel Krieger netted in one of her two goals at the 3:31 mark in the first.
After a scored goal by LMU to start out the second period, Krieger responded off an assist by Kyra Christmas to cut the Lions' lead down to 3-2. Both teams failed to give an inch in the second scoring two goals a piece with two minutes left in the half.
The Orange and Black got their break at the 1:27 mark as Christmas chipped in her only goal of the game to knot up the score, 5-5. After an exclusion drawned by Savannah Fitzgerald, Karolina Hlavata followed it up with a powerplay goal to give Pacific it's first lead of the match.
The Tigers finished 5-9 powerplays for the game and ended the half with a 6-5 advantage.
Mariana Duarte added to Pacific's lead heading out of the break. The sophomore attacker scored on two straight possessions at the 7:25 and 6:01 mark helping the Tigers gain some breathing room with the score 8-5. Both of Duarte's scores were assisted by Hlavata, finishing with a team-high four for the day.
The Orange and Black closed the period out strong, as Viktoria Szmodics scored a goal at the 2:26 mark and Aelish Guinn found the back net with :34 to go to keep the momentum in favor of Pacific. The Tigers' 4-0 run pushed their lead to 10-5 holding on to their advantage to finish out the match.
Following their win, Pacific heads to Riverside, Calif. for a match against No. 24 Cal Baptist. The Lancers are 13-12 on the season, coming off a 10-5 win versus No. 23 Marist College.
Live stats of the match will be provided via FOSH.net.