Feb 24, 2018

Bruins Open Season With A Win Over Westminster-Salt Lake City

A Winning Tradition

  • Thre Northwest Conference Championships (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • One IWLCA All-Region Athlete (Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • Two Northwest Conference Players of the Year (Alexa Nakashimada, 2016; Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • One NWC Coach of the Year (Katie Mastropaolo, 2018)
  • 36 All-Northwest Conference Athletes  
  • Five straight winning seasons (2014-18)

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team opened up the 2018 season with a 13-10 win in a nonconference game against Westminster-Salt Lake City, Saturday afternoon.

Recap:

The Bruins were quick to get on the board, scoring four straight goals in the opening 12 minutes. Emma Fanger received a nice pass from Jess Hanson to give the Bruins their first goal of the season. Hanson then rattled off two straight for the Bruins and Lois Ray scored the fourth at the 17:55 mark with a nice upper corner shot.

The Griffins bounced back soon after, though, scoring two straight to keep the game competitive. Jennifer Burke blew by the defense at the 6:34 mark to put the Bruins up 5-2, but Griffins' Phebe Walker answered back with a goal to keep the game at a two-goal difference, 5-3.

WSLC cut into the deficit again around the two-minute mark with another goal, but Jocelyn Welberg found Fanger for her second goal and the Bruins' sixth in the first half. The Griffins refused to go into the break down 6-4, as they crept up again with a goal in the final minute on a free position shot.

George Fox went into the break up by one, 6-5.

The second half was a thriller for the fans in the stands, as both teams combined for 12 goals. Possession started to play a factor, as the scoring went back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the second half. With the Bruins up 9-7, WSLC found the back of the net at the 13:56 mark to bring the game within one, 9-8.

The Bruins managed to score with a man-up three minutes later after Hanson set up Burke for the 10-8 lead. The Griffins looked to mount a comeback in the final 10 minutes when they moved the score back to within at 11-10.

The Bruins sealed the deal in the final five minutes with two more goals to keep the Griffins out of arm's reach.

Top Performers:

Hanson led the way for the Bruins with five goals and two assists for a team-high seven points. Madison Strickland added three goals and both Fanger and Burke put in two apiece. Mikaela Easterlin earns her first win of the season with 15 saves.

What It Means:

Head Coach Katie Mastropaolo earns her first career win as the Bruins start at 1-0.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host NCAA Division I Oregon State University in an exhibition game Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7pm.