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George Fox sports round-up: Eight Bruins named to the all-conference team, which will continue on in the post-season

PHOTO COURTESY OF GFU - The George Fox women's lacrosse team finished 14-2 overall, 12-0 in the Northwest Conference and will head into the NCAA postseason after automatically qualifying via their regular season play.

Eight women's lacrosse players from George Fox University received all-Northwest Conference honors after a stellar season. Seven Bruins made the all-conference first team while one made the second team. Coach Katie Matropaolo was named NWC coach of the year and senior Lois Ray was named player of the year in the conference.

The honors come after GFU finished 14-2 overall, 12-0 in the NWC. The team is riding an eight-game win streak heading into the NCAA postseason, which the Bruins automatically qualified for thanks to their play during the regular season.

GFU's final game of the season was a 20-0 victory over Whitworth on April 28. Theirs was a season of dominance on the field, highlighted by plenty of similar victories in which the Bruins scored 20 or more goals and allowed two or less goals on eight occasions.

This will be the first time GFU has competed in the NCAA Division III postseason.

Baseball

GFU baseball honored its seniors and wrapped up the 2019 season at home over the weekend, finishing with a 23-17 overall record after splitting a pair of games with Willamette.

The Bruins lost the series 2-1 to the Bearcats, dropping game one 12-6 on Friday and game two 13-6 on Sunday. They finished on a high note, though, winning 9-2 in their final game.

Four of their runs in that game were scored in the third inning, when the bats got hot and the lead broke open after GFU had fallen behind 1-0.

CJ Ibara scored an unearned run on a throwing error, followed by a two-run double to center field by Chase Fetzer. After that, Jerred Seamons hit an RBI single to right center to make it 4-1 Bruins.

Willamette responded with an RBI single in the fifth, but GFU blew the game open in the sixth and eight innings. Colby Watilo hit an RBI single up the middle, followed by a sacrifice fly from Ibara that scored a run later in the sixth. In the eighth, Sam Swenson hit an RBI single and Matt Voelzke knocked a two-RBI double to finish things off.

It was an up-and-down season for GFU, but it was finished with a big victory to send off its eight seniors: Jantzen Tamanaha, Kyler Brudwick, Liam Kent, Derek Johnson, Cameron Jack, Zach Stouder, Watilo and Seamons.

Track and field

GFU's track team competed at the Linfield Open on May 4 against competitors from the NCAA, NAIA and junior colleges. Their next competition is Saturday at the West Coast Invitational hosted by Willamette University.

At Linfield, Sydney Radgian won the 200 with a time of 25.08 seconds, which is the 15th best time in the nation and seventh-best all-time in GFU history. She also finished second in the 100 in 12.27 seconds, a personal best that is also seventh all-time in school history.

Other notable women finishers include Ashley Korb-Doty, who ran the 100 hurdles in 15.07 seconds to finish second place, and Emily Dufour, who finished second in the high jump at 5 feet 2.25 inches.

For the men, Cody Webb won the 110 hurdles with a blistering 14.93-second time, good enough for sixth all-time at GFU. Chris Gray finished second in the pole vault at 15-01, which is equal to a 2017 mark that places him fourth in school history.

GFU's final qualifier is May 15-16. The NCAA Division III outdoor championships run May 23-25 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

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