Natalie Harrington enters her fourth year at the helm of the women’s lacrosse program.
A former women’s lacrosse high school All-American and star player at NCAA Division I Fresno State University, Harrington became the first head coach for the women’s lacrosse team at George Fox University.
The Bruins finished the 2016 season as Co-Champions of the NWC, as they shared the rights with Pacific. They finished with an overall record of 9-5 and went a program best 7-1 in the NWC. They re-broke the record for most goals scored in a game with 24 in a win over Worcester State. The Bruins recorded seven All-NWC awards, while Alexa Nakashimada was named the first-ever Player of the Year in the George Fox lacrosse program. Harrington now holds an overall record of 26-16 (.620).
In 2015, the Bruins broke the program record for wins with 11. They were atop the Northwest Conference standings for most of the season and finished third. The Bruins finished with an 11-5 overall record including 5-3 in the NWC. The Bruins had a program best seven players make the All-NWC list, while Miranda Edwords became the first player in program history to be named to the USA Select Lacrosse Team.
In the 2014 season, the team went 6-6 (.500), and finished the season with a win streak of 3-0. The Bruins finished the year beating Puget Sound (12-11), Linfield (15-5) and capped off the year with a thumping victory over Loras College (21-3). The 21 goals broke their previous record of 15, which they set against Linfield the game before.
In her playing days at Fresno State, Harrington was a two-time team captain while playing as an attacker, midfielder and defender. She was named the Bulldogs’ player of the year as a junior and attacker of the year as a senior. Graduating in 2013, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Harrington hails from Oregon City, Oregon, where she played four years at Oregon City High School. She led the team to the Oregon 6A state championship in 2009 and was the game’s most valuable player.
In the summer two years ago, Harrington taught at the Lacrosse Northwest camp in Oregon, and directed the Clackamas Lacrosse Youth Camp for girls in June. In July 2012, she taught at both the Stanford University High School Camp and the Stanford Elite Camp for advanced high school players and Division I prospects.
Harrington is a published author of the children’s fantasy books, “Griffin’s Calling” and “Griffin’s Temptation”, both released under the pen name of N.R. Rose by Tate Publishing. Her third book, “Griffin’s Legacy”, was released in August 2013.