Mar 29, 2017

Edwords Nets Game Winner Against Sagehens

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)

CLAREMONT, Calif. --- A second half comeback kept the George Fox women's lacrosse team's win streak alive Wednesday, as the Bruins rallied to beat the Sagehens of Pomona Pitzer, 13-12.

The Bruins were the first to get on the board in the opening minutes off a free position shot by Lois Ray. The Sagehens put together a pair of goals to take their first lead at 2-1, but the Bruins answered with two straight goals of their own. The teams traded the lead for the next 10 minutes before the Sagehens were able to score three straight to take a 7-6 lead at the half.

The Bruins comeback started early, as Jennifer Burke and Jess Hanson netted a goal in the first three minutes of the second half. The Sagehens wouldn't go down without a fight, as they out-scored the Bruins 4-1 in the following six minutes. After trailing 11-9, the Bruins settled the game down with tough play on the defensive end, and looked to take momentum back for good. Ray helped the Bruins with a goal at 17:53, and Madison Stratton tied the game up at 11-11 at 14:12. Pomona Pitzer only needed one minute of the game clock to regain its lead with 13 minutes left to play.

Burke stepped up for the Bruins at the 2:37 mark, knotting the game up at 12-12. With overtime looking to play a part, senior Miranda Edwords came to the rescue. Edwords was a force as she moved past the Sagehens' defense to score the game-winner in the final seconds.

Top Performers:
Edwords game-winner was her third goal of the match. Hanson led the team with four goals, while Ray and Burke added two apiece. Mikaela Easterlin continued her solid performance between the sticks with five saves.

What It Means:
The Bruins improve their record to 5-1 on the season. The Bruins also became the first team from the Pacific Northwest to beat the Sagehens in the last six years. Pomona Pitzer was downed by Pacific (Ore.) back in 2011 in a 17-15 OT loss. 

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will close out their California trip against Redlands Thursday, March 30, at 1p.m.