Mar 02, 2019

Bruins Start Season Strong With Home Shutout Win

A Winning Tradition

  • One NCAA Tournament Appearance (Second Round - 2019)
  • Four Northwest Conference Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Three IWLCA All-Region Athletes (Jess Hanson, 2018; Lois Ray, 2019; Jennifer Burke, 2019)
  • Three Northwest Conference Players of the Year (Alexa Nakashimada, 2016; Jess Hanson, 2018; Lois Ray, 2019)
  • Two NWC Coach of the Year Awards (Katie Mastropaolo, 2018; Katie Mastropaolo, 2019)
  • 44 All-Northwest Conference Athletes  
  • Six straight winning seasons (2014-19)

By: Seth Preuss 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team opened its 2019 campaign with a statement win on Saturday, March 2, with an 18-0 shutout win over the Johnson & Wales (Colo.) Wildcats.

Recap:

The Bruins won the opening draw and scored less than 15 seconds into the match to set the tone for the afternoon. Meredith Teel converted a free position attempt for the score and added her second of the season a minute later. The Bruins never looked back from that point.

Madison Strickland followed Teel's two tallies with a goal two minutes later and Lois Ray added a fourth score for George Fox less than four minutes into the afternoon tilt. The Bruins averaged a goal per minute for the first seven minutes of the match, leading 7-0 with 23:24 after another tally from Ray.

Another trio of goals in a three-minute span from Isabella Alfaro, Bailey Faust, and Teel put the Bruins in front 14-0 with ten minutes left in the opening half. Strickland capped the half with her third goal of the afternoon after a feed from Ray with 1:51 left in the half, giving the Bruins a 15-0 lead at the break.

The Bruins continued to dictate the pace of play in the second half but played a more restrained, controlled game for the final thirty minutes. After Grace Matteson won a ground ball, Sydney Thatch set up Strickland for the Bruins' 16th goal of the day and opened the scoring in the second half with 16:47 remaining in regulation.

Jennifer Burke created space by herself and scored unassisted four minutes later for a 17-0 lead and Alfaro closed the books with the final goal of the day after an assist from Burke with 7:38 remaining. The Bruins' defense held down the fort for the final minutes to preserve the shutout in the 18-0 win.

Top Performers:

Strickland led the way with four goals and three assists, while Teel tallied four goals, three ground balls, and a pair of draw controls. Ray topped the team with five assists, and Ella Rand shared the shutout with Zoë Jorgensen.

What It Means

The Bruins are 1-0 to start the season after the dominant win at home.

What Happens Next

George Fox will play host for New England College (N.H.) on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00 pm at Austin Sports Complex in its second match of the young 2019 season.