Mar 18, 2017

Bruins Cruise By Boxers in Style

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)

By: Jake Bienvenue

FOREST GROVE, Ore. --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team faced Pacific University on the road Saturday, running through the Northwest Conference opponent, 18-7.

The Boxers came out strong with a goal in the opening minutes, only to be countered by a beautiful strike from Madison Strickland to even the score less than a minute later.  

The teams went back-and-forth after that, but two goals apiece from Miranda Edwords and Jess Hanson gave George Fox the 5-3 advantage with 15 minutes still remaining.

The effort served to spark the visiting Bruins, who went on an offensive tear in the final part of the first half, tallying four goals – all from different players – to earn a 9-5 lead before the whistle blew for halftime.

Edwords started the second half out with a bang, finding the back of the net just 13 seconds in while also recording a hat trick.

Christine Doherty of the Bruins came at the Boxers' defense with a vengeance in the second half, scoring four goals in less than 10 minutes to further the Bruins' lead, setting the score at 15-6 with 17 minutes left.

A goal from the Boxers with 10 minutes left wasn't enough for the home team as the Bruins scored twice more to put them out of the contest. The game ended with the visiting team victorious, 18-7.

Top Performers:
The Bruins stuffed the stat sheet in this one. Four George Fox players earned a hat trick: Doherty had four, Edwords had three, Hanson had three, and Jennifer Burke had three as well. Lois Ray got it done for her teammates today, tallying two assists to go along with a goal. Mikaela Easterlin played all 60 minutes between the sticks with four saves.

What It Means:
The Bruins take out their Co-Conference champions of last year, moving to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins play Whittier Monday, March 27, at 7:00pm.