Mar 03, 2018

Hanson and Ray Explode In Win Over Loggers

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team hosted Puget Sound Saturday for the first game of Northwest Conference play, winning the game, 16-2.  


The Bruins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening two minutes as Jennifer Burke and Madison Strickland each scored their third goals on the season.

The Loggers responded around the 5-minute mark with a goal of their own, but less than a minute later Jess Hanson took a pass from Strickland and promptly flipped the ball into the back of the net for the Bruins' third goal, setting the score at 3-1.

Burke scored again with just under 22 minutes remaining in the half to widen the gap, but soon after Puget Sound found the back of the net once more to remain competitive.

Up 4-2, George Fox began to get into the groove of its offense in an attempt to put the game beyond reach. Four goals between the 21:01 and 17:28 marks created some separation between the teams, setting the score at 8-2.

The Bruins kept the pressure on with good possession play until the 8:38 minute mark when Grace Matteson received a good pass from Hanson and scored her second of the game, 9-2.

Lois Ray connected with Hanson who scored with just over seven minutes remaining in the half.

An additional goal from Burke at the 3:11 mark capped off the Bruins monster 11-goal half. They led 11-2 at the break.

Ray caught fire in the second half, assisting on or scoring all five of the Bruins' goals in the final period of the game.

The defense of George Fox was stifling as well, as they held the Loggers scoreless throughout the entirety of the second period as well as the majority of the first.

The Bruins took the solid win at home, 16-2.

Top Performers:

Hanson paced the Bruins in scoring with five goals and six assists, while Burke and Matteson each contributed three. Ray did it all in this one, recording two goals to go along with a whopping eight assists. Hanson broke the school record for most points in a single game with 11, while Ray is now tied for second all-time in single-game points with 10.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 3-0 on the season after Saturday's matchup and 1-0 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Pacific (Ore.) in another conference matchup on Sunday at 12:00pm.