WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Whitman College midfielder Jaclyn Rudd had yet to score this season as she headed to Saturday's home game against Lewis & College, although she had handed out a Northwest Conference-leading six assists.
For one sunny afternoon in late October, however, Rudd's role changed in a big way.
The junior captain morphed from playmaker to scoring machine, booting her first collegiate hat trick as the Missionaries rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Pioneers at the Whitman Athletic Fields.
Oddly enough, two of Rudd's three goals came off assists from senior teammate Amy Hasson, who began play on Saturday with 13 goals on the season, tied for the NWC lead.
Five of Hasson's goals earlier this fall came courtesy of Rudd assists.
Whitman, improving to 5-7-2 in the NWC and 7-9-2 overall, evened its season slate with Lewis & Clark, which had slithered past the Missionaries 2-0 in the rain last month in Portland.
Whitman outshot Lewis & Clark 8-1 in the first half in that game (14-5 on the day), but never could dent the scoreboard. Saturday's loss dropped the Pioneers to 1-11-1 in conference and 2-13-2 on the season.
While Rudd and Hasson were reversing roles at the offensive end, senior keeper Lauren Brougham was erecting a wall at the other end.
Brougham made five saves against nine shots and five corner kicks to post her second shutout of the season. Four of her saves came in the second half.
Rudd's first two goals came within a span of less than nine minutes midway through the first half.
Hasson's cross to the middle of the box in the 31st minute found Rudd, who finished over the keeper for a 1-0 Whitman lead.
Rudd struck again in the 40th minute, driving a second ball over the keeper after Hasson played a ball to the top of the box.
Rudd completed her trifecta in the 11th minute of the second half, scoring unassisted with a third shot up and over the last line of defense.
Whitman tacked on its fourth goal about seven minutes later.
Sophomore MacKenzie Hughes tallied her first goal of the season from the top of the box after getting a pass from Hasson.
With both Rudd and Hasson taking four shots, Whitman finished the day with an 18-9 shot advantage, including a 9-5 edge in shots on goal.
Hughes and two more sophomores, Taylor Thomas and Hallie Swan, also took two shots each.
Three players - Raquel McNeff, Emilia Emmetti and Austyn Byassee - uncorked two shots each for the Pioneers.
The Missionaries stay at home today to host Linfield at the Whitman Athletic Fields, starting at noon.
Immediately prior to the game, Whitman will honor its seven seniors: Lauren Brougham, Taylor Chock, Mariel Fonzeca, Amy Hasson, Kate Potter, Libby Watkins and Claire Westcott.