Mar 08, 2018

Bruins Defeat Baldwin Wallace to Stay Unbeaten

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)

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team improved upon its perfect start to the 2018 season, taking down visiting Baldwin Wallace 19-15 at home on Thursday night.

Recap:

The Yellow Jackets struck first, grabbing a 1-0 lead just 12 seconds into the contest. Jennifer Burke returned the favor, however, drawing the Bruins even just 10 seconds later. After the Bruins controlled the draw again, Jess Hanson found the back of the net for her 14th goal of the season to give her team a 2-1 lead just 38 seconds into the game.

The Bruins made it 3-1 when Lois Ray buried a free position shot, her fifth goal of the season. At the 25:57 mark, Jocelyn Welberg found the net to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead. The Yellow Jackets proved they were going to hang with the Bruins, scoring back to back goals to get within one.

The Bruins again found a rhythm thanks to Burke, Ray and Madison Strickland who each scored to extend the Bruins lead to 7-4. Hanson and Emma Fanger looked to keep the pressure on, but the Yellow Jackets were able to rattle off four straight goals to tie things up at 9-9.

Looking to go into the half with momentum, Hanson and Burke each notched goals in the final minute before Welberg ensured the Bruins a 12-9 lead at the break.

The second half provided a little less offensive fireworks, but Burke and Grace Matteson made sure the Bruins remained in control thanks to their quick goals to open the second half.

The Yellow Jackets tallied two goals to get within two, 16-14 at the 10:57 mark, but the offensive firepower of the Bruins kept quiet the possibility of any rally. After goals by Matteson and Ray, Hanson found the back of the net for the fifth time, securing the 19-15 victory.

Top Performers:

Hanson led the balanced attack with five goals on the night, bringing her season total to 18. Burke added four goals of her own, while Ray and Welberg each tallied three goals. Mikaela Easterlin racked up 10 saves on the way to picking up her fourth win of the season.

What It Means:

The Bruins improve to 4-0 on the season and are averaging nearly 17 goals per game.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will return to action on Saturday as they travel to take on Northwest Conference opponent Whitman College at 12 p.m.