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Oregon Begins 2013 Season Saturday Against No. 12 Dartmouth
Release Date: 02/18/2013
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Oregon squares off against Dartmouth on Saturday at Papé Field in Eugene for just the second time in school history.  Match time is slated for 12 p.m. (PT).

The only previous match between the two schools was played on March 23, 2011 at Dartmouth (Hanover, N.H.) and the Big Green emerged with a 12-10 victory over the Ducks.  The lone active Oregon player to score in that game was then-freshman Nikki Puszcz, who recorded one goal.

Nine players from Oregon’s 2013 team participated in the lone meeting between the Ducks and Big Green in 2011.  Only Puszcz recorded a point.

Name (games) G A P GB DC TO CT
Nikki Puszcz (1) 1 0 1 1 2 2 0
Ashley Inman (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Shannon Propst (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Bridget Morrison (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hayley Milner (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Maggie Kovacs (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Erika McCool (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 1

Name (games played) Min GA Dec SV
Salliebeth Finnegan (1) 57:25 11 L 8
Caroline Federighi (1) 02:35 1 - 0

The Ducks are 3-1 all-time against Ivy League opponents.  In addition to its 0-1 record against Dartmouth, Oregon is 2-0 against Columbia (N.Y.) and 1-0 against Brown.

2013 OREGON LACROSSE PRESEASON NOTES                                  
The Ducks enter the 2013 season as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s (MPSF) defending champion.  They finished the 2012 regular season with a perfect 7-0 record and then defeated California, 14-11, and Stanford, 13-10, in the conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Play-In Match, where they eventually lost to Navy, 10-9, in overtime.  Oregon was picked second in the MPSF Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind only Stanford.

The Oregon lacrosse team was picked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Jan. 25.  The Ducks tallied 55 total points, including three first-place votes, and fell just four points shy of Stanford, the preseason conference favorite.  Oregon returns 18 players from its 2012 team that won the MPSF regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May.  The Ducks finished the 2012 campaign 14-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference play.  It was their first conference championship in school history.

PROPST, PUSZCZ CLIMB THE CHARTS                              
Oregon juniors Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz are quickly catching the Ducks’ all-time leaders in the points, goals and assists categories.  Puszcz led the Ducks with 39 goals a year ago, while Propst finished second with 34.  Puszcz’s 82 career points rank 12th all-time and Propst is right behind her in 13th with 80 during her time in Eugene.  In the goals category, Puszcz ranks 11th all-time (55), while Propst checks in at 12th (49) and Propst enters the season eighth all-time in assists (31).  Puszcz is 10th in the Oregon lacrosse all-time assist category with 27.  

PUSZCZ CRACKS DRAW CONTROL TOP-10                                                      
Junior Nikki Puszcz posted 32 draw controls last season to give her 63 for her career and move her into eighth place in Oregon lacrosse history.  She is just two draw controls away from passing Cara Mead (64 career) for seventh all-time.

Oregon senior Bridget Morrison enters the season with 76 career ground balls, which ranks ninth in Duck lacrosse history.  She is just seven ground balls away from tying Colleen Taggart’s mark of 83 for eighth all-time.  In addition, Morrison has caused 43 turnovers in her career at Oregon, placing her eighth all-time.  She is just six ground balls from tying Kristina Barrett, who forced 49 turnovers from 2009-12.

A complete list of all-time Oregon leaders is on pages 3-4 of today’s game notes.

DUCK LACROSSE ALL-TIME IN FEBRUARY                                         
Oregon is 15-13 all-time in the month of February.  The Ducks have not won more than two games in February since 2008, when they won three of their first four matches.  Oregon has gone 2-2 in February in three of the last four years.  In 2011, the Ducks finished 2-1, losing only to 20th-ranked Hofstra, 12-11 in overtime, to open the year.  The 2013 opener against Dartmouth marks the first time the Ducks open a season at home since that Hofstra match.  Oregon wrapped up February 2012 with its first conference win of the season, a 10-9 triumph over California.

OREGON ALL-TIME VS. RANKED OPPONENTS                                        
Oregon is just 3-26 all-time against ranked opponents.  Two of the Ducks’ three wins against ranked opponents came during the 2008 season when they knocked off 18th-ranked Richmond on the road and 11th-ranked Notre Dame on the road.  Oregon’s other victory over a ranked team came in the 2007 season-opener, when the Ducks beat No. 16 Stanford, 10-6, at Papé Field.

Two teams on the Ducks’ 2013 schedule are ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, including today’s opponent, No. 12 Dartmouth.  Oregon plays No. 3 Florida, who advanced to the 2012 NCAA Final Four and finished the 2012 season ranked third in the nation, on March 16 in Eugene.

OREGON ALL-TIME VS. NON-RANKED OPPONENTS                                      
Oregon carries a 79-38 record against unranked teams entering the 2013 season, good enough for a 0.675 winning percentage.  The Ducks’ last win over a non-ranked opponent came on April 29, 2012 against Stanford (13-10) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament Championship.

HOME COOKIN’                                                                             
The Ducks open up their 2013 season with seven straight games at home in Eugene.  Oregon put together a perfect 5-0 home regular season – its best regular season finish since 2007 (6-0) – before dropping the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy, 10-9, at Papé Field.  The 5-1 overall finish at home was the best home record since 2009 (6-1).  

BETWEEN THE PIPES                                                                             
Junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi is coming off a record-setting season in 2012.  Last year, she set single-season school records in save percentage (.502) and goals against average (9.15).  Federighi enters the 2013 season with 228 career saves, good enough for second all-time.  Anna Poponyak’s 514 saves represents the Oregon saves record.  Additionally, senior goalkeeper Salliebeth Finnegan has 207 career saves, which ranks third all-time.  Federighi ranked nationally in several save categories last year as well, including save percentage (.502, 2nd), goals against average (9.15, 14th), saves (141, 25th) and saves per game (7.4, 39th).

A complete list of all-time Oregon leaders is on pages 3-4 of today’s game notes.

Junior goalie Caroline Federighi put together an impressive sophomore campaign a season ago.  Federighi, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., ranked in the top-40 nationally in four different categories, including save percentage (2nd, .502), goals against average (14th, 9.15 gaa), saves (25th, 141 saves) and saves per game (39th, 7.42 spg).  Federighi started all 19 games for Oregon a season ago and logged 917:33 total minutes.  She finished the 2012 season with a 14-4 overall record.

CHRISTIANSEN BACK FOR FIFTH YEAR                                                          
Senior midfielder Dominique Christiansen returns for her fifth year of lacrosse at Oregon.   The Larkspur, Calif., native was granted a medical redshirt after missing all but two games during the 2011 season.  Christiansen played in 18 of the Ducks’ 19 games a season ago, scored seven goals and tallied four assists.

Oregon head coach Jen Larsen Beck is the program’s first and only lacrosse coach.  She has led the Ducks to an 82-64 record during her eight-year tenure at the helm of the Oregon lacrosse program.  

A complete list of Larsen Beck’s (and the Ducks’) series records against all opponents is listed on page six of today’s game notes.

The Oregon lacrosse program witnessed its most successful season in school history last year, finishing 14-5 overall and capturing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season (7-0) and tournament championships.  Oregon advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May where it fell, 10-9, to Navy in overtime. The 2012 Ducks placed in the top-50 in the nation in six different categories.  Oregon ranked 13th in winning percentage (.737) and 16th in both total points (347) and scoring margin (2.95).  In addition, the Ducks finished 17th in scoring defense (9.47 goals per game), 28th in scoring offense (12.42 goals per game) and 41st in caused turnovers (141).

Oregon is 15-13 all-time in one-goal matches.  The Ducks went 2-1 a season ago, winning both regular season games, 10-9, before dropping a one-goal overtime match in the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy.  A complete list of Oregon’s history in one-goal matches is located in the left side-bar on page 4 of today’s game notes.

Oregon’s match against USC in Eugene on April 4 will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks at 4:30 p.m. (PT).  The match will mark the Ducks’ 11th contest of the season and second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup of the season.  The meeting will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools; the 2013 season marks the first season of women’s lacrosse in the history of the University of Southern California.

On Dec. 10, 2012, Oregon head lacrosse coach Jen Larsen Beck announced the signing of seven student athletes in the early signing period.  The class consists of six midfielders and one goalie. Three hail from the state of Maryland, two from Colorado and one each from Oregon and California.

Anne Longtain, Midfield
West Linn, Ore., West Linn High School/Oregon Elite Lacrosse Club
Longtain was a Three Rivers Conference top-10 finisher in both draw controls and ground balls as a sophomore (2011) and junior (2012).  She led West Linn to a third-place finish in the 2011 Oregon State Tournament and a runner-up finish in 2012 while earning second team All-League.

Isabella Pyne, Midfield 
Edgewater, Md., South River High School/Chesapeake Club Lacrosse
Pyne led her school to its first state championship in 2010.  A three-year letterwinner, she earned second team All-Washington D.C. Metro honors, was a first team All-County Coaches pick and named second team All-County by the Capital for Anne Arundel County as a sophomore in 2011.  In her junior year, Pyne was named first team All-County in both Coaches and Capital categories and was an honorable mention All-Metro selection.  

Rachel Steinberg, Midfield
Millersville, Md., Severn School/Chesapeake Club Lacrosse
A three-year letterwinner and starter at Severn High School, Steinberg was an Under Armour All-American and Maximum Exposure All-Star.  She led her team in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers last season and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Kathryn Blumhardt, Midfield
Parker, Colo., Regis Jesuit High School/Team 180
Blumhardt was an honorable mention All-League selection as a freshman and led her team in draw controls and ground balls as a sophomore in 2011.  A team captain her junior year, Blumhardt received first team All-Conference Accolades after leading Regis Jesuit in ground balls and draw controls.  Last spring, she played on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School National Team and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Rebecca Katzen, Goalie
Cockeysville, Md., Dulaney High School/SkyWalkers Lacrosse Club
Katzen joins the Oregon lacrosse program after splitting time with two other goalies at Dulaney.  The Cockeysville, Md., native is a member of the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.

Erin Schilmoeller, Midfield
Centennial, Colo., Regis Jesuit High School/Team 180
A four-year letterwinner, Schilmoeller earned first team U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American honors in 2012.  The same year, she garnered second team All-League accolades, one season after being named first team All-League.  Schilmoeller also picked up four varsity cross country letters at Regis Jesuit and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Kiki Gibson, Midfield
Carlsbad, Calif., La Costa Canyon High School/West Coast Starz Lacrosse Club
A three-year letterwinner, Gibson was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American after leading her team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Division I championship in 2012. Gibson received All-CIF (San Diego) honors as a freshman and sophomore and was a three-time All-Academic selection as well.

The Ducks play 10 home games at Papé Field during the 2013 regular season, including seven straight to open up the year.  It is the first time that Oregon has opened its season at home since the 2011 campaign, when it lost to No. 20 Hofstra in overtime.  Six of Oregon’s first seven home games are non-conference games; two of the six non-MPSF games are against opponents ranked in the top-15 in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  The Ducks face No. 12 Dartmouth in the first match of the season and No. 3 Florida, which advanced to last year’s NCAA Final Four, comes to Eugene on March 16.  Oregon’s first conference match is slated for March 22 against San Diego State in Eugene.

Following the seven-match homestand, Oregon hits the road for three matches in six days from March 24-30.  On March 24, Oregon plays Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., March 26 will see the Ducks play Connecticut for the first time in school history and a March 30 date at Old Dominion wraps up the road trip.  Oregon returns home to Eugene on April 4 for its first-ever meeting with USC, a match that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.  The USC match is the first of seven MPSF contests to conclude the regular season.  On May 2 and 4, Oregon will host the 2013 MPSF Lacrosse Tournament, featuring the top-four regular season finishers in the conference.  The Ducks won last year’s MPSF Tournament championship. 
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