- 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)
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A Winning Tradition
By Seth Preuss
SPOKANE --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team opened its first-ever season series against Whitworth on Sunday, April 7, with a dominant 21-0 win on the road.
The Bruins needed less than a minute to get on the board after winning the opening draw. Lois Ray gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the game. Jennifer Burke followed with a pair of goals in the second minute of action, and goals by Meredith Teel and Andrea Garcia-Milla made the Bruins' lead 5-0 in less than three minutes of play.
With the Bruins winning the majority of the draw controls to start the game, the Bruins' offense was free to control the tempo and pace of the game as they continued to find creases in the defense for early scores.
Madison Strickland joined her teammates on the box score to make it 9-0 for George Fox, and Teel's third goal of the opening half turned on the running clock for good with just under twenty minutes remaining in the first half.
Ray, Garcia-Milla, and Stickland would each add another tally in the closing minutes of the first half and Grace Matteson found the back of the net as well to give George Fox a 14-0 lead at the break.
The Bruins came out of the intermission and immediately went back to controlling the pace of play, working the ball around on their end before taking the best shot available to bleed clock. A Garcia-Milla goal five minutes into the second half got things started on the scoresheet and made it 15-0 with 25 minutes left to play.
Goals from Garcia-Milla and Burke, along with scores from Bailey Faust and Isabella Alfaro, helped the Bruins keep possession and put pressure on the Pirates' defense throughout the second half. A final goal by Garcia-Milla made the Bruins' lead 21-0 in the closing minute for what proved to be the final score.
Garcia-Milla led on offense with a career-high six goals – her first collegiate double-hat trick – and two assists, while Burke and Teel poured in four goals each. Strickland and Ray combined for nine assists to help generate good looks on offense, and Zoë Jorgensen made a pair of saves to preserve a shutout for the Bruins.
What It Means
George Fox improves to 10-2 overall in 2019 and holds a 7-0 record against Northwest Conference opponents, putting the Bruins firmly in control of the top spot in the standings.
What Happens Next
The Bruins play host for Willamette on Sunday, April 14, with a game against the Bearcats at 1:00 pm in Newberg.