The former Cougars star is the first player in CHS girls lacrosse history to play at the NCAA level.

by: ALLAN O'CONNOR - Alexa Nakashimada, shown during her playing days at Canby, is leading the George Fox women's lacrosse team in its inaugural season.Alexa Nakashimada picked up right where she left off.

A star player during her time at Canby High School, she has been an unrelenting offensive force in the first season of women’s lacrosse in George Fox University history.

Nakashimada, who is the first Cougars girls lacrosse product to play at the NCAA level, had racked up team highs in goals (25) and assists (five) through eight games with the Bruins.

GFU, whose inaugural team is coached by former Oregon City star Natalie Harrington, currently holds a 3-5 record with wins over Linfield College, Southwestern (Texas) and Hope (Michigan).

Nakashimada had six goals to lead the Bruins in their first-ever victory, a 15-4 triumph over Linfield on March 5 in McMinnville.

George Fox has four games remaining on its schedule, including an April 8 date with Linfield in Newberg. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Nakashimada, who played under Tom O’Connor and Joan Flora at Canby, holds the high school’s girls lacrosse record for goals in a season with 50 in 16 games. She was an MVP honoree in 2011 and an offensive player of the year in 2012.

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