Feb 28, 2017

Bruins Open Season With Win Over Eagles

A Winning Tradition

  • Two Northwest Conference Championships (Co-Champs - 2016, 2017)
  • One Northwest Conference Player of the Year (Alexa Nakashimada - 2016)
  • 28 All-Northwest Conference Athletes  
  • Four straight winning seasons (2014-17)

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team opened up the 2017 campaign with a huge win over Eastern University Tuesday night, as the Bruins beat the Eagles, 13-8.

The Bruins wasted no time in their first game of the season, rattling off seven straight goals in the first 18 minutes of play. Miranda Edwords tallied a hat-trick in an eight minute span, scoring a goal in the 25th minute, 23rd minute and 16th minute. She recorded her fourth goal of the game with 12 minutes left in the first period on a nice move inside the critical zone. The Eagles wouldn't go down without a fight, though, answering back with three straight goals of their own to tighten up the score at the break.

The Bruins went into the half up by five, 8-3.

Eastern was the first to strike in the second period, but George Fox responded with a goal from Jess Hanson and Madison Strickland to push the score to six, 10-4. Eastern looked to go on a run midway through the final period with a goal in the 17th, 16th and 13th minute to bring the deficit back to five. The Bruins were able to secure a crucial groundball off a turnover and Jess Hanson found the back of the net in the final two minutes to give the Bruins a nice cushion.

The Bruins recorded 24 ground balls on the night, and won 14 draw controls to the Eagles nine.

Top Performers:
Edwords led the Bruins with four goals, while Christine Doherty, Hanson and Strickland all tallied two on the night. Mikaela Easterlin was magnificent between the sticks for the Bruins, recording 11 saves in her 60 minutes of play.

What It Means:
The Bruins open up the season 1-0.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will start conference play Saturday, March 4, against Whitman at home with game time at 12p.m.