McMINNVILLE, Ore. – On a dreary, rain-soaked evening, the upstart George Fox Bruins captured the university's first lacrosse victory by topping their Yamhill County neighbors, the Linfield Wildcats, 15-4 Wednesday night at Linfield's lacrosse field.
Alexa Nakashimada of George Fox was a pivotal figure for the Bruins, scoring six goals. Christine Doherty also contributed six goals to her team's cause.
Linfield's Shelby Duarte led the Wildcats with a couple of goals of her own.
Eager to get the early jump on home team after a pair of one-goal losses to start their first-ever lacrosse season, the Bruins wasted little time in establishing control. Nakashimada raced down the middle of Linfield's defense and scored just under four minutes into the game.
Following an unassisted goal by Miranda Edwords, George Fox went on to score the next five goals on the way to a commanding 6-0 lead at the 10-minute mark.
About 20 seconds later though, Linfield's Sierra Edgerly put the ‘Cats on the scoreboard with a cleverly lobbed pass by Chas Tittle. Edgerly ran straight into the heart of the GFU defense, calmly collecting the ball in traffic and maintaining composure before eventually whipping it past goalkeeper Kaylee Kolin.
At intermission, Nakashimada led all scorers with three goals and the Bruins owned a comfortable 7-1 advantage.
In the second period, George Fox netted the first three points to give them a 10-1 lead. Duarte answered with consecutive goals 1:13 apart, pulling the Wildcats to within nine. Both of Duarte's tallies were were set up by the deft passing of Halee Helgerson.
George Fox closed the victory out by holding the ball for extended possessions and allowing Linfield to score but once more, that coming on a goal with under three minutes remaining by Kelsey Dammarell. Duarte assisted on the play.
George Fox enjoyed a hefty advantage in shots on goal, nearly tripling Linfield's total, 32-11. Turnovers played a factor in the Wildcats' loss as they committed 28 bobbles compared to the Bruins' 15.
AHEAD: Linfield hosts Kenyon College Lords in McMinnville on Sunday. The match is set to start at noon.