Apr 17, 2019

Bruins Roll To Series Sweep In Forest Grove

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)

FOREST GROVE --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team finished its home-and-away Northwest Conference series against Pacific (Ore.) on Wednesday, April 17, with a tilt at the Boxers' home field. It was all Bruins from start to finish in a 20-0 win.

Recap:

Isabella Alfaro scored less than 30 seconds in for what would prove to be the winning goal after scooping up the opening draw and doing the work herself for a score.

The Boxers were able to force early ground balls and turnovers after the initial score, but it only took a few moments for the Bruins' offense to get back on track. An unassisted goal by Grace Matteson at 27:20 was followed by a strike from Jennifer Burke 20 seconds later after winning the draw and sprinting in uncontested for the score and a 3-0 lead.

Lois Ray followed that 90 seconds later with a free-position shot and score, Madison Strickland found the net with an assist from Burke, and then Bailey Faust and Ray got hot for four quick strikes to make it 10-0 with 18 minutes left in the first half.

With the running clock on for the rest of the half, the Bruins scattered six more goals through the final fifteen minutes of the opening period. Meredith Teel put in a pair of goals with an assist from Ray, while Faust, Ray, and Strickland added one more each for 15-0 lead. Julia Quist found the net for the first time in her collegiate career to cap the half with a 16-0 lead after setting herself up for an unassisted strike before the break.

With the result well in hand and the running clock on, the Bruins played a ball-control style to close out the match and sprinkled in four goals for the 20-0 win through the final 30 minutes of play.

Faust opened the half with her fifth goal of the night seven minutes into the second period after a feed from Strickland, and Strickland followed five minutes later with a goal set up by Ray. An unassisted goal by Teel made it 19-0 with 8:00 showing on the clock, and a score by Emma Fanger capped the night for the Bruins after a helper from Ray.

Top Performers:

Faust led the way on the box score with five goals, and Ray put in dual hat tricks with four goals and three assists. Strickland joined Ray with three goals and three assists, and Teel tallied three goals as the fourth Bruin to notch a hat trick in the game. Ella Rand and Zoë Jorgensen combined for two saves and the Bruins' fourth shutout of 2019.

What It Means:

George Fox finishes a season sweep of the Boxers and improves to 12-2 overall – the Bruins are now 9-0 against NWC opponents with three games left on the regular season schedule.

What Happens Next:

The Bruins play host for their final three games of the regular season, welcoming Linfield to Austin Sports Complex on April 20 before wrapping up with a weekend against the 'Whits,' Whitman and Whitworth, on April 27 & 28.