George Fox kicks off new era with a win
With program-founding coach Natalie Harrington no longer prowling the sidelines, 2018 promises to be a season of change for the George Fox women's lacrosse team.
The loss didn't stop the Bruins from continuing their winning ways, though, as GFU topped visiting Westminster-Salt Lake City 13-10 to give new coach Katie Mastropaolo a victory in her program debut.
The Bruins scored four straight goals to open the contest, including a pair from senior attack Jess Hanson, but the Griffins scored four of the next five to make it a one-goal contest and it remained tight the rest of the way.
The visitors pulled back within one goal at 11-10 with 7:55 to play on a goal by Katie Adams, but the Bruins answered back with a power-play goal by Madision Strickland to make it 12-10 with 5:59 remaining. Hanson then gave George Fox the cushion it had been looking for, scoring 50 seconds later to make it 13-10.
Hanson finished with a game-high five goals and also dished out two assists, including Strickland's tally with the man advantage, while Strickland, Emma Fanger and Madison Burke all scored two goals apiece. Mikaela Easterlin made 15 saves in goal to earn the win.
George Fox 7-5, Whitworth 0-0 -- The Bruins (7-1, 2-0) kicked off their Northwest Conference campaign by sweeping a doubleheader from defending champion Whitworth Saturday. Madison Sorenson struck out seven in the opener to earn the victory, with Abbie Bergerson allowing four hits in her shutout win in the night cap.
George Fox 13, Linfield 4 -- The Bruins continued their hot start to the Northwest Conference season by taking two of three games from the archrival Wildcats. The Bruins jumped out to a 9-2 lead after four innings and pounded out 15 hits in the opener. Third baseman Jerred Seamons went four-for-six with four RBIs and one run.
George Fox 2-4, Linfield 6-3 -- The Wildcats (8-6, 3-3 NWC) leveled the series by limiting the Bruins to four hits in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, as Linfield starter Cason Cunningham struck out 11. Kyler Brudwick broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap with an RBI single for GFU and Marc Audet delivered the eventual game-winning run on a pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth.
Willamette 7, George Fox 2 -- The Bruins (2-2) got wins from Laney Search and Sophia Lawrence at No. 3 doubles and Catrina Kwong at No. 1 singles in a non-conference match in Salem Feb. 21.
George Fox 9, Hardin-Simmons 0 -- Spencer Watanabe and Will Leach led a sweep in doubles with an 8-2 victory at No. 1. Watanabe then cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles and Leach added a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 2 Sunday in Beaverton.