EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team returns to Eugene for a pair of key MPSF matches against Fresno State and UC Davis this Friday and Sunday at Pape' Field.
The Ducks (7-4, 2-0 MPSF), who are currently in a three-way tie with Denver and UC Davis, faces Fresno State (2-6, 0-2 MPSF) on Friday at 4 p.m., while Sunday's match against UC Davis (5-5, 2-0 MPSF) is at 1 p.m.
Last time out for Oregon, reigning MPSF Player of the Week Shannon Propst delivered three goals and two assists last Tuesday at Davidson, as the Ducks raced out to a 6-0 halftime lead on their way to an 8-4 win. The Ducks came back on Sunday and slammed in 20 goals, the most since the 2010 season, in a 20-10 rout over Cincinnati. Sophomore Nikki Puszcz tallied a career-high five goals and UO caused a season-high 20 turnovers.
Puszcz is currently ranked in the top 10 in the league for goals scored per match with a 2.09 tally. Propst is ranked for assists per match, dishing out 1.27 assists per outing.
On the defensive side, sophomore Caroline Federighi is second in the conference for the second-lowest goals against average with a 9.31 mark, only second to Denver's Ashley Harman, who is only allowing 9.23 per match. The Pleasanton, Calif. native leads the MPSF with a .490 save percentage and is also in the top 10 in the conference for saves per match with 6.82 per outing. Nationally, Federighi is ranked in the top 50 in goals against average (16), saves (37), saves per match (47) and save percentage (13). The leaders in three of those categories, Oregon has already faced.
For the Ducks as a team, Propst has a team-high 33 points from 19 goals and 14 assists. Puszcz has a team-leading 23 goals to her credit along with seven assists, good for 30 points. UO has five others that have tallied double-digits in points accumulated with seniors Kristina Barrett (25), Jana Drummond (19) and Jess Drummond (16), sophomore Hayley Milner (13) and junior Kate Cathell (12).
Last time out for Fresno State, the Bulldogs dug a hole in the first half defensively and could not quite get out of it, falling to Stanford 20-3 yesterday at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State struggled defensively allowing 15 goals in the first 30 minutes and 21 shots.
Goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba started her first game of the season against the Cardinal and played 42 minutes, recording four saves.
Fresno State is led by Briana Hetherington's team-leading 13 goals and two assists for a team-high 15 points.
Katie Wilbur currently has an 18.46 GAA in goal with a .404 save percentage.
The Aggies are coming off a 1-2 Spring Break trip to New England. On Monday (3/26) they were edged by Holy Cross, 12-9, but came back the next day to defeat Bryant, 11-7. UC Davis closed out the trip with a 16-13 setback to Vermont.
UC Davis is led by Elizabeth Datino, who has amassed 65 points from 36 goals and 29 assists. Jordan Majka has played the majority of the minutes in goal, compiling a 5-5 record. Majka has a 12.64 GAA and .411 save percentage.
Oregon leads the series with Fresno State, 4-0, including a 18-5 win over the Bulldogs last season in Eugene. Against UC Davis, Oregon is ahead 7-3 and won last year's meeting in Eugene, 19-7.
NEWS AND NOTES
Marketing and Promotions
Friday, April 6th
Lights Out Papé!- Fans that wear Black get in for $1.
Bi-Mart 2 for 1- Show your Bi-Mart card and get two tickets for the price of one.
Sunday, April 8th
Bi-Mart Family Day- Show your Bi-Mart Card for 2 adult and unlimited Kid tickets for $10.
Easter Candy Giveaway.
Consistency Is the Key
The Ducks have showed a unified effort in their matches this season. In matches, the one key person that has showed up on the Oregon stat line is Shannon Propst. In UO's 11 matches, Propst is the only Duck that has tallied a point in every match.
Finding the Groove
Nikki Puszcz may lead the team in goals tallied on the season with 18, but Jana Drummond is quietly moving up the goals scored top-five list. Drummond has 12 on the season, but has 125 for her career, good for third place all-time. She is now only three from tying current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby, who is second with 128.
Jana Drummond is fourth all-time in points scored with 156 and as the season goes on, she will look to make huge movement in the points portion of the Oregon record book. Senior Kristina Barrett, who has 139, is only nine points from breaking into the list to tie Theresa Waldron, who had 148 from 2005-08.
Last Line of Defense
As the last line of defense, Caroline Federighi has held her own in goal for the Ducks this season. Federighi has 75 saves in goal for Oregon, with her numbers she has climbed into third all-time with 162 career saves, nestled behind Salliebeth Finnegan, who is second all-time with 200. Nationally, Federighi is ranked in the top 50 in goals against average (16), saves (37), saves per match (47) and save percentage (13). The leaders in three of those categories, Oregon has already faced.
Jess and Jana Drummond have had teams seeing double during their careers at Oregon. Jana Drummond is currently fifth all-time in caused turnovers with 52, while her sister, Jess, is close behind with 45.
Sharing Is Caring
Current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby holds numerous records for the Ducks, but Kristina Barrett (62) recently passed Derby on the assists list and has moved into second place. Barrett needs 13 more assists to tie for first overall with Theresa Waldron (2005-08), who holds the record with 75.
Controlling the Momentum
Jana Drummond has been front and center to lead the Oregon offense from the draw, including a career-high seven against Cincinnati. She currently leads the team with 27 draw controls while Nikki Puszcz has recorded 18. Drummond ranks third all-time with 126 draw controls, while Jess Drummond is nipping at her heels in fourth with 121.
From the Ground Up
Erika McCool and Caroline Federighi lead the Ducks in groundballs with 17 and 16, respectively this season, but Jana Drummond is fifth all-time with 82. Jess Drummond is right behind her with 80 and Colleen Taggart is not far from joining their company as she has 70 in her career.
Fans can keep up with the Ducks all season long on their official twitter account (@OregonWLAX) and on facebook (@OregonLacrosse).