Mar 20, 2019

Bruins Bounce Back With Big Win Over Concordia Wisconsin

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 took on Concordia Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 20, and bounced back from a loss to Pomona-Pitzer earlier in the week with an 18-4 win over the Falcons.

Recap

The Bruins' season trend of scoring first played out yet again after a goal from Jennifer Burke in the opening minute of play off an assist by Andrea Garcia-Milla. Lois Ray followed with back to back goals after that and Garcia-Milla added an unassisted score herself for a 4-0 lead after less than minutes of play.

Ray added her third goal of the night on a free position attempt for a hat trick and the Bruins' fifth score of the night, and set up Grace Matteson for a score a minute later to make it 6-0. Matteson paid it forward by assisting on an Isabella Alfaro goal a minute after that for a 7-0 lead.

The Bruins scored three more times with goals by Burke, Garcia-Milla, and Madison Strickland to take a 10-0 advantage with nearly 19 minutes remaining in the opening half. The Falcons briefly cut the lead to nine goals three minutes later, but a pair of goals from Matteson and Emma Fanger pushed the lead to 11 with 12 minutes to play in the half.

Ray tacked on another unassisted score with seven and a half minutes to play and Sydney Thatch scored with under three minutes left in the period for a 14-2 lead at the break.

The second half was more balanced on the box score, but the Bruins maintained possession and set the tone for the majority of the second period as well. Garcia-Milla scored the first goal of the half on a feed from Strickland five minutes into the action, and Strickland picked up another assist a few minutes later on a goal by Burke.

Midway through the second half, Garcia-Milla added another goal to her line on the box score off of a feed from Ray for a 17-2 lead. The Falcons answered with a goal at 11:40 and Strickland countered with a ball in the back of the net three minutes later after feed by Alfaro.

The Falcons added one more goal at 6:10, but the Bruins played the possession game for the final five minutes to slow the game and set the final tempo in their 18-4 win.

Top Performers

Garcia-Milla led the way with a dual hat trick, registering four goals and three assists for a total of seven points, and Ray duplicated that line for her sixth hat trick in seven games. Burke registered her fifth straight hat trick with three goals.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 6-1 overall in 2019 after bouncing back from the loss earlier in the week.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to face Colorado College on March 25 and will face Linfield College on the road on March 30 before returning home to host Pacific (Ore.) on March 31.