Apr 05, 2019

My Home Away From Home - A Window Into George Fox Women's Lacrosse

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: Bailey Faust

George Fox was not the place I imagined myself ending up when I was trying to choose the right college for me. But the day I stepped onto campus something in my gut and my heart told me that this is where I was meant to spend the next years of my life to play the sport I love and become the person God intended and created me to be.

Being a student-athlete at Fox has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life because athletics is such a strong part of the identity and community of our campus. George Fox athletics as a whole is a family – and it is a family that I am extremely proud to be a part of.

Playing lacrosse at Fox has taught me what I am truly capable of. I am constantly surrounded by teammates and coaches who want me to succeed on and off the field and push me to my fullest potential, even if it's potential that I don't even see for myself. My coaches and teammates whole-heartedly believe in me and all the goals I have set for myself. Being on this team has not only expanded my knowledge of the game and helped me grow as a player; it has also helped me become the very best version of myself. At Fox, I feel like I am the best me I can possibly be because I am able to express my loves and passions in a place where they are valued.

This team is a family that will make sure you are never alone. At the end of the day, we play for each other. Being able to look around the field and know that you are playing not only for yourself but for every teammate who takes the field with you is such an incredible, unifying feeling. Win or lose, whatever the outcome may be, we play for each other and give glory to God.

I can confidently say that when my time as a student-athlete at Fox is over, being a part of Bruin lacrosse is going to be a huge factor in what makes me feel prepared to go into life ready for whatever hard work and difficult challenges may come my way. I will face them with grace, confidence, compassion, understanding, and determination – all things that being a part of this team has taught me.

Being a student-athlete is challenging. Having to balance everything that is on the plate of a college student with practices and workouts added on top of that is a lot to handle. However, as overwhelming as it can be at times, I cherish the chaos because I know that it is not going to last forever.

George Fox and my team, in particular, have become my place, my true home away from home. Here, I feel like I am able to thrive, grow, be challenged and be accepted for being undeniably myself. I am so proud to be able to call myself a Bruin.

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7