by Jared Beilby, Student Intern
TACOMA, Wash. – By scoring a record 21 goals, the George Fox University Bruins brought the curtain down on their inaugural women’s lacrosse season in stunning fashion as they beat the Loras College Duhawks 21-3 in a neutral-site game here at the East Athletic Field on the University of Puget Sound campus Sunday afternoon.
George Fox (6-6) broke its previous record of 15 goals in a game, which was set twice this season versus local rival Linfield College, in the win over Loras (3-12). With their sixth and final win, the Bruins also set the record for single-season wins in school history and finished at .500, one of their per-season goals.
Rachel Gibbs broke the scoring open just 32 seconds in for the second-fastest goal in school history next to Alexa Nakashimada’s goal in 26 seconds against Puget Sound on Mar. 15. Nakashimada doubled the score four minutes later and Jessica Adrian rifled one home thirty seconds after that to make the score 3-0 Bruins.
At 22:21, Nakashimada put in her second on an assist by Miranda Edwords, and Gibbs added her second a minute later. Adrian then found the net three straight times and the scoreboard showed 8-0 Bruins with 13:29 remaining in the first half. The scoring got a little more varied from there as Katelyn Bradshaw and Christine Doherty each scored, then Edwords sent two home and the score stood 12-0 at the 4:45 mark.
Doherty nabbed her second at 3:29 and Gibbs scored on a free-position shot with a minute left. Loras managed to pull one back before the end of the half, however, as Claire Sheahan scored with 36 seconds remaining, and the half ended with a 14-1 Bruin lead.
Kaitlyn Kutsch scored the Duhawks’ second goal to open the second half scoring before Shealtiel Hart, Tayler Main and Doherty all scored for the Bruins to help build a 17-2 scoreline with 19:51 left in the game. Hannah Nelson added one more for the Duhawks with 17:54 remaining before Alicia Wong, Yecenia Arrezola, Izzy Anderson and Megan Westby all finished the scoring for the Bruins.
All told, 12 Bruins scored, doubling the previous school-record of six scorers against Hope College in a 13-9 loss on Mar. 18. Adrian was the pacesetter for the deep George Fox squad with a career-high tying four goals. Gibbs and Doherty each had three while Edwords and Nakashimada both scored twice. Gibbs led the Bruins in assists by registering a pair in that category.
George Fox also set a couple more school marks, recording 36 shots and controlling 21 draws. Loras was limited to six shots and five draw controls. The Bruins also earned the edge in ground balls 18-9 and forced 12 turnovers to the Duhawks’ 10.
In the crease, Kaylee Kolin earned the win for the Bruins with three saves. Meredith Gawlik had six saves in the first half, taking the loss, and Claire Sheahan had two in the second half for the Duhawks.