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GFU women's lacrosse played its first-ever NCAA Division III playoff game on Sunday, losing 21-7 to Colorado College in a second-round game

GFU women's lacrosse played its first-ever NCAA Division III playoff game on Sunday, losing 21-7 to Colorado College in a second-round game. The Bruins finish the season 14-3 and received an automatic bid to the postseason thanks to their Northwest Conference title.

Jennifer Burke scored the first goal of the game for the Bruins on a give-and-go play with star player Lois Ray. Colorado College rattled off 10 goals in a row after that, though, and never looked back. Ray and Madison Strickland scored before the half but GFU trailed 15-3 at the break.

Ray and Burke scored again to give GFU five goals, and as time ticked off in the late stages of a blowout match Ray and Meredith Teel scored to bring the Bruins to their final score line.

Colorado College out-shot the Bruins 41-10 and forced 26 turnovers by GFU.

Ray is the lone senior departing the program after a storied career with the Bruins in which she scored 68 goals and picked up 65 assists. The remainder of a young George Fox squad should be back next season, hungry to advance in the NCAA postseason after failing to do so in their first appearance.

Track competes at West Coast invite

GFU track and field made its presence felt at the West Coast Invitational meet at Willamette University on Saturday, picking up wins in a handful of events.

For the men, freshman Davis Mihelich and senior Chris Polk finished 1-2 in the 400 with times of 48.38 and 48.68 seconds. Sophomore Jack Ammon won the 800 in 1:53.16.

Later on, sophomore Cody Webb finished second among four competitors in the 110 hurdles, posting a time of 14.85 seconds. Freshman Cade Reed picked up a win over Willamette's Roshaan Rogers in the 400 hurdles with his time of 55.8 seconds.

Senior Jacoby Wolfe and freshman Tayler Phillips placed 1-2 in the high jump with leaps of 1.96 and 1.91 meters. In the long jump, senior Noah LaMadrid finished first at 6.66 meters.

The women's 100 was a showcase of dominance for George Fox as it had five athletes finish in the top five. Senior Sarah King won the event in 12.3 seconds, trailed by sophomore Kennedy Taube (12.35), freshman Sydney Radigan (12.47), sophomore Sara Turner (12.54) and senior Lis Larsen (12.60).

King won the 200 as well, posting a time of 24.63 seconds, trailed by Taube and Radigan at the two and three spot. Junior Macadia Calavan won the 400 soon after in 59.36 seconds.

Freshman Bethany Gingerich and junior Kiana Rasubala finished third and fourth in the 400 hurdles with times of 1:04.91 and 1:06.06. Later on, freshman Emily Dufour finished third in the high jump at 1.58 meters.

In the long jump, sophomore Megan Miller and senior Erin Rowland finished second and third out of four competitors with jumps of 4.96 and 4.91 meters. Freshman Ashley Korb-Doty and senior Alyssa Burch did the same in the triple jump with distances of 10.75 and 10.24 meters.

Rounding out a solid day for the women was freshman Chrissy Strickland in the javelin. She placed fourth after tossing it 38.22 meters.

Next up for both Bruin squads is the final qualifier for NCAA competition, held at GFU on Wednesday and Thursday. After that, those who qualify will advance to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, from May 23-25.

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