NEWBERG, Ore. – Down by two goals with under 19 minutes left, the George Fox University Bruins scored four quick goals in the space of three-and-a-half minutes, all by different players, and went on to a 14-12 win over the visiting Southwestern University Pirates in women's lacrosse action Wednesday night here at the Austin Sports Complex.
The Bruins evened their first-year record at 2-2 with their second consecutive victory, this one the highest-scoring game to date. The Pirates from Georgetown, Texas, and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, like George Fox a first-year program, fell to 3-3.
Christine Doherty gave the Bruins the early lead with a goal just over three minutes into the game, the first of her five scores on the evening, but the Pirates answered with four unanswered goals, three of them by Allison Schmitt, for a 4-1 lead with 22:20 left in the half. George Fox replied by scoring five of the next six goals, two by Alexa Nakashimada and three by Doherty, to take a 6-5 lead with 11:16 to go.
After the Pirates' Natalie Rivera and Nakashimada swapped scores, Kaitlyn Campbell scored off a feed by Rivera to tie it 26 seconds before the end of the period. A turnover by the Bruins gave the ball back to Southwestern with seven seconds left, and the Pirates took advantage of the miscue to score, Schmitt assisting Paige Summers, for an 8-7 halftime lead.
Jessica Adrian scored twice within the first three minutes of the second half as the Bruins forged back ahead 9-8, only to have Rivera tally twice and Summers once as the Pirates rebuilt an 11-9 advantage. Alicia Wong started the Bruins off on their winning rally with a goal at 18:31, and Doherty tied with her fifth score at 17:49. Miranda Edwords connected off a free position shot for the go-ahead goal at 16:04, and Adrian made it a two-goal game with 15:08 left.
Adrienne Dodd cut the Texans' deficit to one with a goal at 13:49, but the Bruin defense battened down the hatches thereafter, allowing Southwestern only two more shots the rest of the way. One was blocked, and the other became keeper Kaylee Kolin's 10th save of the game. Nakashimada added an insurance goal with 6:05 left.
Southwestern held a slight edge in total shots (27-23) and draw controls (14-12), while George Fox collected more ground balls (22-15) and was better on free position opportunities, scoring on four of five tries to only one of nine for the visitors. The Pirates' Caitlin Stanyard made six saves in the crease.
NEXT: George Fox hosts the University of Puget Sound Saturday at 6:00 p.m. … Southwestern plays at Pacific University Thursday at 6:00 p.m.