McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Most coaches have trouble sleeping after losses. George Fox University women's lacrosse coach Natalie Harrington is going to have trouble sleeping after a win.
"Oh, yes, I'm going to be up all night enjoying this and thinking about how to get another one," admitted an enthused Harrington after her Bruins scuttled the Linfield College Wildcats 15-4 for the first win in the program's three-games-old history on a rain-soaked Wednesday night here at Linfield's lacrosse field.
The Bruins scored five goals in the game's first 12 minutes and never gave the Wildcats a glimmer of getting back into the game, continuing to flood the net with shots (32 in all). Alexa Nakashimada and Christine Doherty scored six goals apiece, establishing a new school record, and the 15 goals scored set a new Bruin standard (admittedly, as a first-year program, new Bruin records will be virtually a given all season long.)
"It took us a while to get used to the field; this was the first time we had played on grass, and there was so much standing water, it's amazing we even played," Harrington observed. "Once we adjusted to the conditions, though, we just took off and there was no looking back."
Nakashimada scored the game's first goal at 26:38, had another one in the middle of the first period, and scored again at 6:10 to give the Bruins a halftime lead of 7-1. Doherty, who had two goals in the first half, added four in a row over a seven-minute, 11-second stretch starting midway through the second half that concluded the Bruins' scoring and iced the game. Miranda Edwords scored her first two career goals and Jessica Adrian tallied once to round out the George Fox attack.
One defense, the Bruins limited the Wildcats to only 11 shots total, with goalie Kaylee Kolin making four saves to earn her first win. Linfield keeper Erika Phillipo made 11 stops. Shelby Duarte had two goals to top the Wildcats. The Bruins held a 41-24 advantage in ground balls and committed only 15 turnovers to 28 for the 'Cats.
"We are really starting to jell as a team," noted Harrington, "and I am proud of all of them for getting this first win. They came so close in our first two games, and have worked so hard for that first win that they finally deserved to get one."
NEXT: George Fox (1-2) will try to put together the first winning streak in team history when the Bruins host Southwestern University from Georgetown, Texas, next Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. … Linfield (0-4) welcomes in Kenyon College from Gambier, Ohio, Sunday at 12:00 noon.