Apr 06, 2019

Bruins Explode Offensively In Second Half For Win Over Whitman

A Winning Tradition

  • Three Northwest Conference Championships (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • One IWLCA All-Region Athlete (Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • Two Northwest Conference Players of the Year (Alexa Nakashimada, 2016; Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • One NWC Coach of the Year (Katie Mastropaolo, 2018)
  • 36 All-Northwest Conference Athletes  
  • Five straight winning seasons (2014-18)

By Seth Preuss

WALLA WALLA ---The George Fox women's lacrosse team traveled to face Whitman on Saturday, April 6, in a Northwest conference tilt. The bruins prevailed in a high scoring affair, 23-15, over the talented Blues.

Recap

Whitman scored within the opening minute to take a 1-0 lead, but back-to-back unassisted goals by Lois Ray made it 2-1 for the Bruins. The Blues and Bruins traded goals after that for a 3-2 George Fox lead before Whitman strung three unanswered goals together for a 5-3 lead.

Jennifer Burke, Meredith Teel, and Madison Strickland joined Ray and Andrea Garcia-Milla on the box score to keep the Bruins in the fight, but the Blues' home field advantage gave them an extra boost in the first half. Despite a pair of first-half hat tricks from Ray and Burke, the Blues took a 12-10 lead after 30 minutes of hard-fought action into the halftime intermission.

The second half saw the Bruins find their footing. An early goal for Whitman made their lead 13-10, but the Bruins followed the Blues' goal with 13 unanswered strikes in the following 20 minutes of play.

Ray scored the Bruins' first goal of the second half with a feed from Garcia-Milla and Burke followed suit seconds later before Ray added another to tie the game at 13-13 with 26 minutes left in regulation.

Isabella Alfaro and Bailey Faust joined their teammates on the box score with goals in the second half to push the Bruins' lead to 18-13, and another hat trick in the second half for Burke helped seal the end result for the Bruins.

The Blues were able to put in two more goals in the final minutes of the game to turn off the running clock, but the Bruins were able to survive with a 23-15 final after an explosive second half on offense and a shutdown defensive stand in the second half.

Top Performers

Burke and Ray put up hat tricks in both halves and tallied 13 of the Bruins' 23 goals against the Blues. Garcia-Milla joined the party with a hat trick of her own, and the Bruins' two keepers, Ella Rand and Zoë Jorgensen notched six saves apiece in the win.

What It Means

The Bruins are now 9-2 overall in their 2019 campaign and 6-0 against NWC opponents this season.

What Happens Next

George Fox will face a first-year program from Whitworth on Sunday, April 7, against a Pirates team that is searching for its first NWC win as a program.