Apr 20, 2019

Bruins Clinch Fourth Consecutive Conference Title

A Winning Tradition

  • One NCAA Tournament Appearance (Second Round - 2019)
  • Four Northwest Conference Championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • One IWLCA All-Region Athlete (Jess Hanson, 2018)
  • 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 welcomed Linfield College to Austin Sports Complex on Saturday, April 20, for the second game of a home-and-away Northwest Conference series and finished off a season sweep of the Wildcats with a 21-7 final at home.

Recap:

The Bruins needed less than 30 seconds to score after Jennifer Burke claimed the opening draw and after a pair of quick ricochet saves by Linfield, Andrea Garcia-Milla found the net for a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats tied the game two minutes later, but the Bruins rattled off five unanswered goals from Lois Ray, Madison Strickland, and Jennifer Burke to take a 6-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining in the opening half.

After a Wildcat goal made it 6-2, Strickland and Burke answered that with a goal apiece to make it an 8-2 ball game before a 2-0 run from the Wildcats cut the Bruin lead down to an 8-4 advantage. The Bruins answered back with the last four goals of the first half, however, to take a 12-4 lead at the break with scored from Garcia-Milla, Ray, and Burke.

Strickland opened the scoring in the second half with a score set up by Ray less than 30 seconds into the half, and after a Wildcat answer in kind, the Bruins would go on to score their next eight goals without an answer from Linfield.

Scores from Ray and Garcia-Milla turned on the running clock with 25 minutes left in regulation and the Bruins cruised from that point through the finish line. Isabella Alfaro and Meredith Teel made their marks on the box score to make it an 18-5 lead, and then four goals from Burke and Strickland pushed it out to a 21-5 advantage.

The Wildcats scored twice in the final four minutes of play for the final score of 21-7.

Top Performers:

Strickland's double-hat trick of six goals topped the team and Ray joined Burke with five goals each to provide 16 of the Bruins' 21 scores. Garcia-Milla was the fourth Bruin to notch a hat trick with three scores. Rand produced 10 saves and picked up win number 12 of her collegiate career for the Bruins in goal.

What It Means:

George Fox improves to 13-2 overall and is now 10-0 in NWC play, thereby clinching its fourth-straight NWC title and its first-ever NCAA postseason appearance with the conference automatic qualifying bid after the win over Linfield.

What Happens Next:

The Bruins will try to win their way through NWC play for the third straight season as they host their final two games of the 2019 regular season when the 'Whits,' Whitman and Whitworth, come to town on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28.