TACOMA, Wash. – Epitomizing how far they have come in just their first season of women’s lacrosse, the George Fox University Bruins went toe-to-toe with the University of Puget Sound Friday afternoon here at East Field and got a goal from Christine Doherty with 30 seconds left to stun the Loggers 12-11.
In their first meeting back on Mar. 15 in Newberg, Ore., the visiting Loggers had coasted to a lop-sided 14-3 win over the youthful Bruins. This time, not only the score but the stats were much closer, signifying the Bruins’ improvement. UPS held slim margins in shots (29-22), ground balls (25-22), draw controls (15-11) and turnovers (19-23), while the teams were even in clears (11-11). UPS led in shots on goal 23-16, but Bruin keeper Kaylee Kolin made 12 saves to only four combined for Logger goalies Madison Paskett and Hailey Palmore.
Never did either team lead by more than two goals. The Bruins scored twice to open play, with Alexa Nakashimada and Jessica Adrian doing the honors, before the Loggers knotted it on goals by Olivia Keene and Kerri Smith. George Fox again built a two-point lead of 5-3 lead with 8:19 left on consecutive goals by Nakashimada, but UPS closed the period with a 6-2 run, Smith and Keene scoring twice each, to take a 9-7 lead into the intermission.
Nakashimada and Doherty each scored in the first five minutes of the second half to tie the game once again at 9-9. Smith scored twice around goals by Adrian and Doherty, the last one making it 11-11 with 3:35 left. The Bruins finally got the winning tally when Adrian passed to Doherty for a good shot just 30 seconds from the end of regulation.
Nakashimada led all scorers with six goals for the Bruins, while Adrian and Doherty had three apiece and Rachel Gibbs one. Smith scored five times to lead the Loggers, Keene added four goals, and Callie Holgate and Samantha Scott scored once each.
NEXT: George Fox (4-6) plays its last home game Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. against Yamhill County rival Linfield College, whom the Bruins defeated 15-4 in their first meeting on Mar. 5 in McMinnville, Ore. … Puget Sound (5-9), which lost its fifth in a row, hosts Linfield Sunday at 1:00 p.m.