Mar 05, 2019

Bruins Power By Pilgrims

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)

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team continued its strong 2019 campaign on a cold and chilly Tuesday night, beating the visiting Pilgrims of New England College, 19-2.


Despite the cold temperature and frigid wind, the Bruins were red hot from the start. Picking up where it left off in the home opener against Johnson & Wales, George Fox rattled off six straight goals in the first 10 minutes of play.

Lois Ray only needed 24 seconds to put the Bruins on the board, sparking the early momentum shift against the Pilgrims. Ray then assisted Jennifer Burke and Isabella Alfaro within two minutes of each other to take a 3-0 lead. Grace Matteson got in on the action with a free-position goal of her own at the 24:51 mark and Madison Strickland made it 5-0 after Andrea Garcia-Milla found her cutting in the zone. Strickland then drilled her second goal of the game just outside of the 20-minute mark to put the Bruins up 6-0.

The Bruins continued to keep the pressure on the Pilgrims, forcing them to turn the ball over 13 times in the first half. After the quick 6-0 lead, the Bruins scored five more unanswered points to take an 11-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.

New England College made its way onto the scoreboard at the 11:27 mark and scored again moments later to cut the lead back to single digits, 11-2. Alfaro, Strickland, and Meredith all found the back of the net to close out the first half and give the Bruins a 14-2 lead.

The Bruins made 14 of their 19 shots and were more than willing to share the ball with 14 of those goals being assisted.

The second half cooled down for both teams, as the Bruins scored the four goals of the game in the first 15 minutes of the half. Syndey Thatch scored the final goal for the Bruins with just under 10 to play to seal the 19-2 victory over the Pilgrims.

The Bruins went 5-7 in free-position opportunities and assisted 12 of the Bruins' 19 goals in the game.

Top Performers:

Ray led the Bruins on the night with five goals and four assists for nine points. Her nine points move her to tied for sixth all-time at George Fox in single-game points. Strickland recorded eight points after scoring six goals and two assists on eight shots. She is now tied for eighth all-time at George Fox in single-game points and single-game goals.

Teel added three goals to the night, while Alfaro scored two goals and dished out one assist. Thatch, Matteson, and Burke all scored one apiece. Ella Rand and Zoë Jorgensen split time in the net for the Bruins, as Rand earns her second win of the season.

What It Means:

The Bruins start the season at 2-0 and secure their second straight double-digit win.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will start Northwest Conference play later this week with an away game against Puget Sound on March 9 at 3 pm.