Linfield lax unable to conquer top seeded Bruins

Kaelia Neal, Editor-in-chief

In their final game of the season, the women’s lacrosse team fell short to the No. 1 ranked team in the Northwest Conference, George Fox. ’Cat lax was outscored 3-23 Saturday at the Austin Sports Complex in Newberg.

“The game didn’t go as well as we had hoped from a scoreboard standpoint, but I think that our team showed a lot of grit,” sophomore Maya Peterson said.

“We were able to accomplish a few team goals, which is great. It’s the little wins that matter in a rebuilding year for a program.”

Peterson said experience gave George Fox an advantage over Linfield, but she said she thinks ‘Cat lax did the best it could.

“I think our team worked hard until the last second against George Fox,” freshman Gabby Moe said.

“We knew it was going to be the last game for some players and wanted to leave it all on the field for them.”

Moe said what allowed the Bruins to win the game was their “speed combined with some of the best ball handling skills in the conference.” This was evident in their numerous goals and their ability to hold ’Cat lax to just three goals.

Less than a minute into the game, the Bruins scored their first goal. It didn’t take long for the ’Cats to answer back with a goal by senior Genna Hughes in the 27th minute.

But the Bruins went on to score seven more times until the ’Cats could respond.

In the 13th minute, Hughes made another goal for Linfield to bring the score 2-8.

The Bruins went on another scoring streak to close out the first half 2-13.

George Fox made six more goals before Moe made Linfield’s third goal of the game to bring the score to 3-21.

The Bruins scored twice more to close out the game.

’Cat lax finished the season with a NWC record of 4-4 and an overall record of 6-7.

The team finished third behind George Fox and Whitman. Puget Sound is ranked No. 4 and Pacific is ranked No. 5.

“We spent a large amount of the season teaching newbies how to play lacrosse this year. I’m looking forward to developing more skills along with building even stronger cohesiveness between us all,” Moe said.