May 12, 2019

Bruins' First NCAA Postseason Run Comes To An End

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

COLORADO SPRINGS --- The George Fox women's lacrosse team made its first-ever NCAA DIII postseason appearance on Sunday, May 12, in the second round of the NCAA postseason. The Bruins drew a rematch against the Colorado College Tigers in the bracket and struck first, but the Tigers were able to get the last word in a 21-7 win.

Recap

Meredith Teel was able to direct the opening draw to Bailey Faust, and less than a minute later Jennifer Burke put the Bruins on the board first after working a give-and-go with Lois Ray. The Tigers answered that initial score with ten unanswered goals, however, and were able to set the pace of play with their quick substitutions and aggressive defense.

The Bruins were able to put in two more goals in the first half with a good feed from Isabella Alfaro to Ray, and Madison Strickland would find the net after being set up by Burke with just under five minutes to play in the opening half. At the break, the Bruins trailed 15-3 to their hosts.

Ray scored the Bruins' fourth goal to open the second half off of a feed from Andrea Garcia-Milla before the Tigers put in three more goals for a 13-goal lead. Burke was able to find the back of the net with just under 20 minutes to play after a feed from Strickland a few minutes later for the Bruins' fifth goal of the game.

After talking over strategy repeatedly, the Bruins' ball movement produced strikes from Ray and Teel with five minutes remaining. The Tigers would have the final word in the game and finished it with a 21-7 win to end the Bruins' season.

Top Performers

Ray scored three goals and dished an assist. Faust won four draws for George Fox and caused a pair of turnovers, and Burke put in a pair of goals for the Bruins.

What It Means

The Bruins made it to the second round of the NCAA postseason by securing the Northwest Conference automatic bid after winning their fourth consecutive Northwest Conference championship. George Fox ends its 2019 campaign with a 14-3 overall record after their debut NCAA appearance.