Women’s lacrosse falls hard to George Fox University

By Farah Bassyouni Mar25,2022
First-year Mallory Mills helped the Titans fight against the Bruins’ offensive barrage. Photos: Kodiak Creative, IWU Athletics
First-year Mallory Mills helped the Titans fight against the Bruins’ offensive barrage. Photos: Kodiak Creative, IWU Athletics

The Illinois Wesleyan women’s lacrosse team now stands at 1-7 in conference play following a loss against George Fox University on Monday, March 21. The Titans took on the Bruins at home but came up short, ending the game at a 19-3 deficit. 

The first point of the game went to the Titans, courtesy of a goal by first-year Mia Fiandaca with an assist by sophomore Britney Maldonado. 

But, the Titans remained stagnant for the rest of the first half while the Bruins took over with a 10-point lead. With 10 minutes left in the third quarter, GFU found the back of the Titans’ net two more times to widen the point gap to 13-1. 

First-year Mallory Mills made her way to Bruin territory in an attempt to chip away at the Bruins’ lead, managing a goal with senior Cassandra Jones to assist.

Sophomore Britney Maldonado helped the Titans fight against the Bruins’ offensive barrage.
Photos: Kodiak Creative, IWU Athletics

Fiancada paired up with junior Sarah Gleason a few minutes later to follow up with a goal of her own. It seemed like the Titans were getting ready for a comeback in the late stage of the third quarter. 

But, Wesleyan saw no such luck. In the last two minutes of the quarter, the Bruins racked up an additional two points to protect the 15-3 advantage. 

The final quarter proved much of the same, with IWU fighting to hold GFU back. Mills made it to the net once before the end of the period but could not make it past the goalie. The Bruins closed out the fourth quarter by adding four safety points, resulting in a 19-3 upset. 

The women’s lacrosse team will return to the field in hopes of a comeback from Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27. They will trek to Wisconsin for a two-day battle against University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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