DIII womens lacrosse — George Fox holds off Southwestern 14-12, but gets burned in transition by Puget Sound in a 14-3 setback

George Fox’s rollercoaster season continued last week, as the Bruins topped Southwestern (Texas) 14-12 before getting stoned by Northwest Conference foe Puget Sound 14-3.

But considering that the program is in its first season, the number of highs the team has already experienced in five games is impressive, while Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of the Loggers has been the only true low moment after GFU lost its other two contests by a total of three goals.

“I think the fact of it is that they are extremely good listeners,” head coach Natalie Harrington said. “They really try to implement what I’m saying on the field. These girls are doing all the work. I just have a bunch of work horses.”by: SETH GORDON - Charging through - Alexa Nakashimada scored an insurance goal last week to distance the Bruins from Southwestern in the Bruin win.

The Bruins picked up their second consecutive victory March 11 against the Pirates, who are also a first-year program, but struggled defensively in the first half at the Austin Sports Complex.

Christine Doherty got the Bruins on the board first just over three minutes into the game, but Southwestern answered with four consecutive goals over the next five minutes.

GFU turned the tide by scoring five of the next six goals to go up 6-5 with 11:16 remaining before play slowed down.

The Bruins maintained the lead at 7-6, but miscues allowed the Pirates to score twice in the final 26 seconds of the 30-minute opening frame.

The teams traded scoring bursts in the opening stage of the second half to give the visitors an 11-9 lead, but goals from Alicia Wong and Doherty knotted the game with just under 18 minutes to play.

Miranda Edwords and Jessica Adrian each scored over the next two and a half minutes to make it 13-11 in favor of the hosts, but the lead was cut in half at 13:49 when Adrienne Dodd scored for the Pirates.

From there, George Fox limited Southwestern to two shots the rest of the way and got an insurance goal from Alexa Nakashimada with 6:05 to play.

“I think the main thing was just taking care of the ball and making smart decisions finally to transition the ball successfully,” Harrington said.

She also credited her attackers for playing solid defense on the right, which helped the Bruins control possession in the second half.

Doherty finished with five goals and five ground balls, with Nakashimada adding four goals and Adrian three.

Things did not go so smoothly on Saturday against Puget Sound, which jumped out to a 7-2 lead at halftime and never looked back as it out shot GFU 27-14.

“I think the main thing was their transition was really quick and we were not used to that quick transition to a goal,” Harrington said. “This year we’re better at that settled kind of defense and they just got those fast-break opportunities on us. I think that’s what kind of crushed us.”

2013 Newberg High School grad Madison Paskett was solid in net for the Loggers, officially stopping four shots.

The Bruins hosted Hope College (Mich.) Tuesday and will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Austin Sports Complex.

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