By Jared Beilby, Student Intern
NEWBERG, Ore. – It took all of 26 seconds for Alexa Nakashimada to open the scoring with an unassisted goal, but the George Fox University Bruins could not hold onto the lead and fell 14-3 to the visiting University of Puget Sound Loggers in women’s lacrosse action here at the Austin Sports Complex on Saturday evening.
While the Bruins (2-4) and the Loggers (4-3) compete in the Northwest Conference in other sports, this was a non-conference contest since the NWC does not sponsor a lacrosse championship because of a lack of schools competing in the sport. Despite the loss, the Bruins improved their streak of scoring the first goal to five games and have led at least once in all six contests.
Nakashimada rifled home the game’s opening shot at 29:34 for the fastest goal ever scored in George Fox’s six-game history. Three goals in the next 13 minutes by Puget Sound’s Caroline Cook, however, changed the flow of the game, and Kerri Smith added a fourth at the 15:46 mark, giving the Loggers a 4-1 lead. Nakashimada cut the deficit to two at 14:53 with another unassisted score, but Puget Sound scored a pair of up-goals after two George Fox yellow cards and Cook added another to close the half with a 7-2 advantage.
After George Fox won the second half’s opening draw, Christine Doherty almost mirrored Nakashimada’s quick opening goal, but her attempt 43 seconds into the period ricocheted off the post and into Logger Elena Becker’s pocket. Puget Sound reeled off seven straight scores before Jessica Adrian added a consolation goal, assisted by Alicia Wong, with 12 seconds left in the game for the final score.
Even with the loss, the Bruins were competitive on restarts, controlling eight of the 17 draws. George Fox also had their best game for clears since the opening game, going 9-16 in that category.
Puget Sound nailed three of seven free possession shots while George Fox came up empty-handed in four attempts. The Loggers also outshot the Bruins 27-14.
Cook led all scorers with six goals and Smith added four plus a trio of assists for a game-high seven points.
NEXT: George Fox hosts Hope College from Holland, Mich., Tuesday at 4 p.m. for the third game of a five-game home stand … Puget Sound travels back home to Tacoma, Wash., to host the Claremont Mudd-Scripps Colleges Monday at 6 p.m.