Apr 25, 2018

Bruins Grab Two Top Honors and Eight All-NWC Honorees

A Winning Tradition

  • Three 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 --- The Northwest Conference announced the 2018 All-NWC Women's Lacrosse team as the Bruins earned top honors in NWC Player of the Year and NWC Coach of the Year, while eight Bruins were selected on the All-NWC Team.

2018 All-NWC Team

Jess Hanson becomes the second Bruin to earn NWC Player of the Year, while Katie Mastropaolo becomes the first coach to garner NWC Coach of the Year in the program.

Hanson, Lois Ray, Jennifer Burke, Madison Stratton, Bailey Faust and Mikaela Easterlin were named All-NWC first-team, while Madison Strickland and Jocelyn Welberg were named All-NWC second-team.

Hanson, a senior attacker from El Dorado Hills, California, earns her third straight All-NWC first-team selection and her first unanimous first-team honor. Hanson led the conference in points (86), goals (51) and assists (35). She was also tied for 26th in the nation in points and 13th in the nation in points per game (6.69). She finished her three-year career for the Bruins as the all-time record holder in career points (178). Hanson was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week four times during the 2018 season.

Ray, a junior attacker from Springfield, Oregon, earns her first honor on the All-NWC team as a first-team selection. Ray was second in the conference in points (45) and assists (28). She was fifth in draw controls (24), sixth in shots (40) and seventh in goals (17).

Burke, a sophomore midfielder from Oregon City, Oregon, records her second straight All-NWC first-team honor. Burke was a force to reckon with as she did it on both ends of the field for the Bruins. Recently, she becomes the first field player for the Bruins to earn NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week. In conference stats, Burke was third in points (35), fourth in goals (24), assists (11) and shooting percentage (61.5). She led the conference in ground balls (30) and draw controls (57).

Stratton, a sophomore defender from Tempe, Arizona, earns her first honor on the All-NWC team as a first-team selection. Stratton helped anchor the Bruins' defense with 14 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls. She also added seven points on the season with six goals and one assist.

Faust, a freshman defender from Clackamas, Oregon, is the only freshman for the Bruins to make the list as an All-NWC first-team selection. Faust played and started in all 13 games for the Bruins, grabbing 15 ground balls, causing 10 turnovers and recording two points.

Easterlin, a senior goalkeeper from Lake Oswego, Oregon, records her fourth straight All-NWC first-team honor. Easterlin was stellar in the net for the Bruins all season, leading the conference in wins (11), win percentage (84.6), goals-against average (8.68) and save percentage (51.7). She ends her career as the all-time record holder in career saves (302).

Strickland, a sophomore attacker from Bothell, Washington, earns her first honor on the All-NWC team as a second-team selection. Strickland played and started in all 13 games for the Bruins. In conference stats, she was fifth in goals (19), fourth in shots (52) and eighth in points (24).

Welberg, a sophomore midfielder from Wilsonville, Oregon, earns her first honor on the All-NWC team as a second-team selection. Welberg transferred in this season and played a huge role for the Bruins, as she started and played in all 13 games. She was ninth in the conference in assists (6), fifth in ground balls (21) and third in draw controls (3).

The Bruins ended their season with a third straight NWC Championship after posting their second straight undefeated conference season.