by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth women's lacrosse opens Northwest Conference play at home this weekend when it hosts its first-ever NWC contests against Pacific (Ore.) and Linfield.
The Pirates open the weekend against the Boxers on Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The Bucs battle the Wildcats on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the games through live links available on the Whitworth women's lacrosse schedule.
The Pirates: Whitworth (0-1) dropped the first women's lacrosse game in school history, falling 16-5 to Johnson & Wales (Denver). The Wildcats scored six consecutive goals in the middle of the game to take control and then held on to earn the win. Several Pirates still had excellent games, including Delynnia Woitt, who scored the first goal in Whitworth lacrosse history on a free-position shot. Liah Gingerich gave the Pirates the first lead in their history with another free-position goal that put the Bucs up 3-2 at the time. Kalista Fourre led Whitworth with seven groundballs and Trinity Frank came away with three draw controls.
The Boxers: Pacific (1-0) opened its season last week with a 12-9 victory over Wartburg College. The Boxers overcame a 7-3 halftime deficit to earn the win, their first since March 2017. Pacific went 0-10 (0-7 NWC) in 2018, but returned most of its roster for the 2019 season including leading goal-scorer Roya Tahamassebi. Tahamassebi finished last season with 20 goals and also finished second on the team with 22 groundballs.
The Wildcats: Linfield (0-1) dropped its first game of the season 17-9 to New England College. The Wildcats struggled to contain Tara Bainbridge who scored 10 goals to lead the Pilgrims. Linfield finished last season with a 6-7 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the Northwest Conference and returns starting goalkeeper Kylee Duey, who was third in the NWC in goals against average last year. The Wildcats' leading goal-scorer, Genna Hughes, graduated after the 2018 season, but second-leading scorer Gabriella Moe returned and led Linfield with four goals against New England.
Generous Hosts: Poor weather is forcing Whitman College to play predominately on the road or at neutral site in the early season. Whitworth hosts one of those games, the Blues' contest with Pacific (Ore.), on Sunday, March 17. The game begins at 10 a.m in the Pine Bowl.
Looking Ahead: Whitworth travels to California next week for its first road trip. The Bucs take on Whittier and Redlands on March 23 and 25.
The Coach: Noelle Brouillard became Whitworth's first women's lacrosse coach in May 2017. Brouillard came to Whitworth from the University of Scranton, where she was the top women's lacrosse assistant coach for two seasons. Scranton had a 22-13 record over the two seasons Brouillard served as assistant coach. The Royals advanced to the Landmark Conference tournament championship game in 2017 and finished with an 11-6 record.