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Bruins rally to finish 6-6 in debut season

The womens lacrosse team pastes Linfield 15-5, Loras 21-3 to complete season


TACOMA, Wash. — Finishing with dominating wins over Linfield and Loras College, George Fox ran its season-ending winning streak to three games, putting the Bruins at .500 in their debut season in the sport.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the fact that we ended with a .500 season,” head coach Natalie Harrington said. “That was one of our first goals of the year.by: SETH GORDON - Traffic jam - Freshmen Christine Doherty attempts a shot during George Fox's 15-5 win over Linfield at home April 8. The Bruins finished 6-6 in their debut season as a program.

GFU (6-6) scored a signature win over Puget Sound April 4 to snap a three-game losing skid, then dusted off Linfield 15-5 April 8 to sweep the Wildcats in the team’s final home game.

The Bruins’ 15 goals tied the program-high they set in their first matchup against the Wildcats, then the team turned around to break it by scorching Loras College 21-3 Sunday in Tacoma.

“It was awesome at the end of the season to get on that winning streak,” I couldn’t be more happy with the girls and how far they’ve come and the fact that it was our first season. A .500 season is good for any team, let alone a first-year team. I was just blessed with a great group of girls.”

Alexa Nakashimada set a new George Fox record with seven goals scored in the win over Linfield, as the Bruins staked out a 9-3 lead at halftime.

The Bruins scored the first four goals of the second half to go up 13-3 and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way. Nakashimada had the first two and the last two of the Bruins’ six second-half goals.

The 21-goal outburst Sunday put a cap on the season, as Rachel Gibbs broke the scoring open just 32 seconds in for the second-fastest goal in school history next to Alexa Nakashimada’s goal in 26 seconds against Puget Sound March 15.

All told, 12 Bruins scored, doubling the previous school-record of six set against Hope College in a 13-9 loss March 18.

Jessica Adrian was the pacesetter with a career-high tying four goals. Gibbs and Doherty each had three while Miranda Edwords and Nakashimada both scored twice. Gibbs led the Bruins in assists by registering a pair in that category.

Harrington said she was blown away my how much improvement the team has improved since it was formed.

“Going from that first practice in fall ball, where we couldn’t even catch and throw because half the girls had not played before, to seeing it all put together at the end of the season, I couldn’t say any more how much of night and day it was,” Harrington said. “At the end of the season we were a very good varsity collegiate lacrosse team.”

The Bruins should be even further along next year considering they don’t graduate any players.

“Next year we’re definitely going to have to raise the bar because we met that .500 goal this year,” Harrington said. “Our goal is to take the unofficial conference title of Oregon and Washington.”



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