NEWBERG, Ore. – In their first road game of the season, Southwestern women's lacrosse fell to George Fox University on Wednesday 14-12.
GFU got on the board first three minutes into the game, but SU's Allison Schmitt unloaded on the Bruins with three goals in the next four minutes to put SU up 4-1 with 22 minutes to play in the first.
After trading goals it was George Fox's turn to make a run as they posted four goals in four minutes to take the lead 6-5 with 11 minutes to go.
Southwestern's Natalie Rivera stopped the bleeding with a free position goal to tie the game 6-6. GFU posted one more goal before the half but SU's Kaitlyn Campbell and Paige Summers scored in the last 30 seconds of the game to send Southwestern into the break up 8-7.
George Fox came out of halftime with renewed focus and quickly regained the lead on back to back goals by Jessica Adrian.
Rivera scored two goals herself and with one more from Summers the Pirates had a two goal lead, 11-9, with just under 20 minutes to play.
It was all George Fox the rest of the way as the Bruins closed the game on a 5-1 run to steal the win out of the Pirates' grasp.
Southwestern led in shots 27-23 and won 14 of the 26 draw controls, but trailed in ground balls (22-15) and turnovers (21-20). The Pirates were also only able to capitalize on one of their nine free position attempts while GFU scored on four of five.
Rivera and Schmitt led the Pirates with three goals each while Schmitt also led with two assists. George Fox's Christine Doherty led all scorers with five goals on the afternoon.
Southwestern falls to 3-3 on the year while George Fox improves to 2-2. The Pirates remain in Oregon to face Pacific on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST.