Mar 18, 2019

George Fox Falls At Home To Pomona-Pitzer

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 played host for Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) on Monday, March 18, and was handed its first loss of 2019 in a 14-8 affair at home.

Recap

The Bruins continued their season trend of scoring first with a man-up goal on a free position opportunity by Lois Ray just over a minute into the game. The Sagehens answered back a minute later, however, and tied it at 1-1 after two minutes of action.

The two teams continued to trade goals and stops in the opening fifteen minutes of play. Meredith Teel found the back of the net after an assist from Isabella Alfaro to take a 2-1 lead nine minutes into the game, but the Sagehens scored twice to earn a 3-2 advantage with 19 minutes left in the first half.

The Bruins scored twice in a row themselves with back to back goals by Jennifer Burke to take a 4-3 lead with 10:44 left to play in the half, but the Sagehens won the draw and tied it at 4-4 just 20 seconds later. Burke recorded a hat trick with her third goal of the half five minutes later to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead and the Bruins looked like they would have the edge at the break, but a last-second score from the Sagehens left the game tied at 5-5 at halftime.

After coming out of the half, both teams traded unanswered scoring runs to tie the game at 8-8 with 11 minutes left to play in regulation. The Sagehens scored the first three goals of the second period before the Bruins answered with strikes from Teel, Grace Matteson, and Andrea Garcia-Milla.

The Sagehens were able to set the pace in the final ten minutes, however, and their crisp passing and discipline provided the edge after the Bruins' guests strung together six unanswered scores for the 14-8 final.

Top Performers

Ella Rand was tagged with the loss in goal but made a career-high 11 saves against a relentless Sagehens attack. Burke registered her fourth consecutive hat trick with three first-half goals and Teel added two scores, while Lois Ray came up with four draw controls and two ground balls.

What It Means

The Bruins drop to 5-1 overall in 2019 after suffering their first defeat in almost a year. George Fox last lost on March 28, 2018, to another Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) school, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will welcome Concordia Wisconsin to Austin Sports Complex on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 pm.