Mar 09, 2019

Bruins Romp Through Conference Opener

A Winning Tradition

  • One NCAA Tournament Appearance (Second Round - 2019)
  • Four Northwest Conference Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • One IWLCA All-Region Athlete (Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • 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

TACOMA --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team opened its Northwest Conference season with a road test at University of Puget Sound. The Bruins continued their dominating offensive performance this season with an 18-2 win to open conference play.

Recap

The Bruins found the back of the net early and often against the Loggers to set the tone for the day. Less than five minutes into the match, Jennifer Burke forced a turnover, scooped up the loose ball, and scored unassisted for a 1-0 lead near the 25-minute mark of the opening half.

Andrea Garcia-Milla followed that with a goal less than minute later for the 2-0 advantage, and Meredith Teel scored what proved the winning goal unassisted two minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

The Bruins earned a 9-0 lead by the 15-minute mark of the first half with scores from Isabella Alfaro, Lois Ray, Madison Strickland, and Grace Matteson. Burke had a hat trick in under 15 minutes of play and finished the half with four scores, including a goal while the Bruins played one player short due to a penalty.

After leading 12-2 at the break, the Bruins' defense pitched a shutout in the second half and the offense found the net on six separate occasions. The Bruins won the draw to start the second half and scored on their opening possession after Alfaro set up Strickland for the goal.

Less than ten minutes later, Ray got a feed from Matteson for a score after a ground ball was won by Alfaro. Alfaro converted the Bruins' next attempt in a man-up situation after a feed from Ray for the 15-2 lead.

Strickland scored with 12 minutes remaining on a feed from Burke, and Ray cashed in a shot with 6:41 to play on an assist from Matteson. Emma Fanger added the final tally for the Bruins while playing in a man-up offensive set on a feed by Alfaro for the 18-2 final score.

Top Performers

Ray led the way with four goals and four assists for eight points, and Strickland finished with seven points after tallying three goals and four dimes. Burke and Alfaro were also able to record hat tricks after finishing with four and three goals, respectively. Ella Rand made three saves in her third win of the year, and Zoë Jorgensen kept a clean sheet in the net in the second half.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 3-0 overall in their 2019 campaign and are 1-0 against NWC competition.

What Happens Next

The Bruins wrap up the season series against the Loggers on Wednesday, March 13, at Austin Sports Complex with a game time set for 7:00 pm.