The Pacific University lacrosse team has built a strong foundation for success with new coach Brittany Hartmann.
The team, who went 0-10 last season, has already recorded two wins on the season and has been competitive throughout the season. Coach Hartmann recruited strong coming into her first year getting not only incoming freshmen but also varying Pacific upperclassmen.
Among the returners for Pacific is junior Roya Tahamassebi who leads the Boxers in goals scored. Through only seven games Tahamassebi has placed herself in the top 10 in conference for goals scored.
The Boxers also have 2 standout freshmen who lead the team on both ends of the field. Alexa Erickson is second in goals scored for the team with 14 and first in assists with 4. Goalkeeper Madison Ivey has proven herself to be a goal stopper for the Boxers, ranking third in the conference in save percentage.
The team has shown significant improvement from last season in other areas as well. Last year the Boxers only had two games where they scored double digits goals. In their first four games the team has doubled that with seven games still remaining.
When Hartmann was hired as Pacific’s head coach she stated how excited she was to be returning to her alma mater.
“I am ecstatic to be back with the Boxer ‘Ohana,” said Hartmann. “This is an incredibly exciting time for our conference. With the addition of two new programs in the NWC, the conference will have an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament. I look forward to putting in the work to return the Boxers to competitive distinction.”
Before returning to Pacific Hartmann coached at conference rivals George Fox University from 2013-14 and Linfield College from 2015-18. As a student athlete at Pacific Hartmann set eight records in different categories for lacrosse, five for soccer and was named female athlete of the year for 2012-13.
Her return to the Boxers has helped boost a young team that has potential to have a big impact in the coming seasons. With only one senior on the roster, the Boxers have a strong team returning next season.
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