May 03, 2019

Bruins Collect Ten All-NWC Honors

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 Seth Preuss

HILLSBORO --- Eight George Fox women's lacrosse players have been named All-Northwest Conference, as announced by the conference office on Friday, May 3.

2019 All-NWC Team 

The Bruins had seven players named All-NWC First Team and one player named All-NWC Second Team. Coach Katie Mastropaolo was honored as NWC Coach of the Year and Lois Ray was tabbed as NWC Player of the Year.

Ray's honor as Player of the Year marks the second straight season that a Bruin has collected the honor and the third in the program's history. Mastropaolo earned the second consecutive Coach of the Year honor in both her career and the program's history after being selected by her peers in the NWC.

Ray joined Madison Strickland, Jennifer Burke, Meredith Teel, Bailey Faust, Emma Fanger, and Ella Rand on the All-NWC First Team roster. Isabella Alfaro was the eighth Bruin selected All-NWC as a member of the All-NWC Second Team roster.

Ray, a senior midfielder from Springfield, Ore., earned her second All-NWC honor after being selected to the first team for the second year in a row. Ray led the NWC in most categories in 2019, including goals (65), assists (64), points (129), shots (113), and shots on goal (95).

Strickland, a junior attacker from Bothell, Wash., earned her second All-NWC honor with a first-team selection. Strickland was second in the NWC in goals (56) and points (90) and third in assists with 34.

Burke, a junior midfielder from Oregon City, Ore., earned her third All-NWC honor with a first-team selection. For the second straight season, Burke led the NWC in draw controls (103) and was third in ground balls (54). Burke finished fourth in points (71) and fifth in the NWC in goals (50).

Teel, a sophomore midfielder from Boise, Idaho, earned her first All-NWC honor with the first-team selection. Teel scored 28 goals for the Bruins and won 45 draw controls, while also collecting 21 ground balls.

Faust, a sophomore defender from Clackamas, Ore., earned her second All-NWC honor with the first-team selection. Faust started all 16 games for the Bruins as a defender and helped the Bruins' back line allow the fewest goals in the NWC (75), nearly half as many as allowed by the second-stingiest defense in the NWC.

Fanger, a senior defender from Tualatin, Ore., earned her first All-NWC honor with the first-team selection. Fanger started in all 14 games that she played at defender and combined with Faust and Rand to allow less than 100 goals over the course of a season.

Rand, a freshman goaltender from Hood River, Ore., earned her first All-NWC honor with the first-team nod. Rand led the conference in save percentage (49.5), wins (13), and win percentage (86.7) in her first season as a Bruin.

Alfaro, a freshman midfielder from Yorba Linda, Calif., earned her first All-NWC honor with a second-team selection. Alfaro was second in the NWC with 35 assists and ninth in points with 56 after scoring 21 goals in her first season as a Bruin.

The Bruins will make their first-ever NCAA DIII postseason appearance this season after capturing the NWC automatic qualifying bid with their third consecutive undefeated (12-0) NWC season. The Bruins will learn their regional destination and opponent on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm as part of the NCAA Selection Show.