The Alma College Women's Lacrosse team continued its west coast road trip on Tuesday evening when the Scots traveled to Newberg, OR to take on George Fox University. Tuesday marked the first-ever women's lacrosse match for the Bruins and Alma welcomed George Fox to the sport by taking home the 9-8 victory at the Austin Sports Complex.
With the victory, Alma improves to 1-1 on the year while the Bruins drop to 0-1 with their inagural loss.
Mirroring the events of the Scots match on Sunday, Fr. A Emily Zadny (Hartland, WI/Arrowhead) found the back of the net in just 26 seconds to put Alma up 1-0 early in the first half.
The Bruins would rattle off two-unanswered goals before juniors M Tracy Gallihugh (Lansing/Waverly) and MF Sydney Bryce (Lake Orion/Lake Orion) each scored to give the Scots the 3-2 advantage at 13:00.
Both teams would exchange goals towards the end of the half before Gallihugh collected her second goal of the evening and Fr. A Valkyrie Progar (Brighton/Brighton) sent one in to put Alma on top 6-4 at the end of the first half.
The Bruins began the second half by scoring two straight to tie the match at 6-6 with just under 20 minutes remaining.
Bryce would then collect her second and third goal of the evening to give the Scots the slim 8-7 lead with at 7:17. George Fox would answer with a goal less than a minute later to knot the match up at 8-8 heading into the final minutes.
Gallihugh notched her third goal of the match with just over five minutes to play. putting Alma up 9-8 late. The Bruins would find the back of the net once more at 1:30 but the goal would be waved off because of a foul, allowing the Scots to take the 9-8 victory on the road.
Gallihugh and Bryce each finished with three goals for Alma while Progar and Zadny added one a piece.
Three Bruins had two goals on Tuesday and Mikaela Easterlin finished with a game-high two assists.
In goal, Sr. GK Stephanie Herman (Bay City/All-Saints Central) finished with 15 saves for the Scots while Kaylee Kolin totaled 13 for George Fox.
As the score indicates, this match was close in every statistical category. Alma committed 15 turnovers while forcing 12 and tallied six ground controls compared to eight by the Bruins. The Scots totaled 17 shots and committed 45 fouls compared to just 24 by George Fox.
Alma continues its play in the state of Oregon on Wednesday, taking on Pacific (Ore.) and 8:00 p.m.