EDGEWATER, Md.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team scored a season-high 20 goals as they overwhelmed Cincinnati, 20-10 behind a career-high five goals from sophomore Nikki Puszcz, on Sunday afternoon at South River High School in Edgewater, Md. in a neutral-site contest.
The Ducks (7-4) received their first goal of the match after Cincinnati's (3-6) Kelsey Conway fouled Puszcz at 28:58, setting Puszcz up for a free position shot. Puszcz sent the shot through the Bearcat defense, giving Oregon an early 1-0 lead and Puszcz her fourth free position goal in seven tries.
From there, UO recorded seven straight goals before Cincy found the back of the net with 13:04 left in the first half to move the match to 8-1.
The Ducks got one more goal senior Kristina Barrett off a dish from junior Kate Cathell, giving Oregon a 9-1 advantage, but from there the Bearcats went on a 4-0 run before UO was able to stop the run behind a Puszcz goal from Barrett, setting up a 10-5 tally with a little over two minutes to go in the first stanza.
Cincinnati tacked on two more goals and Oregon one, but the Ducks still had an 11-7 edge as the horn sounded at the end of the first half.
The Bearcats wasted no time scratching the scoreboard as they came out of the half, scoring the first goal 78 seconds into it.
But that was the only goal Cincy was able to tally for over 14 minutes because the Ducks put up eight unanswered goals before UC's Laura Simanski was able to get the deficit back down to 10 goals, bringing the match to 19-9.
Sophomore Shelby Barrett added on Oregon's last goal off a pass from sophomore Jessie Esteban with eight seconds left in the match, but a quick Simanski used those last seconds to make the eventual 20-10 score.
In addition to Puszcz's five goals, the Ducks received four goals from senior Jana Drummond, three from sophomore Shannon Propst and two from K. Barrett and Cathell, going down as the only multiple-goal scorers. Propst also added in two assists to join Puszcz in recording a match-high five points.
Sophomore Caroline Federighi and junior Salliebeth Finnegan split time in goal for Oregon, but Federighi earned the win, moving her overall record to 7-3. For the Bearcats, Jennifer Walsh (3-6) was charged with the loss.
Simanski and Marissa Pierson were the only multiple-goal scorers for Cincinnati as they added four a piece.
The Ducks now own a 3-0 record against the Bearcats all-time.
Oregon returns to Eugene for the weekend for a pair of MPSF matches as they face Fresno State on Friday (Apr. 6) at 4 p.m. and UC Davis on Sunday (Apr. 8) at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at Pape' Field.
The last time Oregon tallied 20 or more goals in a match was to open the 2010 season when the Ducks scored 22 on both Jacksonville and St. Bonaventure...The Ducks recorded a season-high 34 shots...UO caused a season-high 20 turnovers...Nikki Puszcz put up a career and season-high five goals and took a career-high seven shots...Kate Cathell scored two goals in a match for the first time in her career...Jana Drummond recorded a season-high four goals...Ja. Drummond also grabbed a career-high seven draw controls...Shannon Propst scored three goals in a single match for the third time this season and fifth time overall in her career...Propst also added five points for the second time this season and in her career...Kristina Barrett is now second all-time in assists with 62 as she recorded one assist on Sunday...Salliebeth Finnegan now has 200 saves in her career...Ja. Drummond has 126 draw controls for her career, moving her to third all-time.