DUCKS HOST CALIFORNIA IN MPSF MATCH
The Oregon Ducks (5-6, 0-2) seek their first conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon when they take on the California Golden Bears (6-4, 3-0) at Papé Field in Eugene. Oregon is 7-6 all-time against California and has won the last three meetings.
LAST TIME OUT: OREGON VERSUS CALIFORNIA
The last time these two programs squared off was in the 2012 MPSF Tournament Semifinals on April 27, 2012 in Stanford, Calif. The Ducks won the game, 14-11, to advance to the tournament finals, where they went on to beat Stanford to advance to the NCAA Tournament Play-In Match. Hayley Milner and Nikki Puszcz each scored three goals in the match against California, while Shannon Propst added two.
DUCKS DROP HOME GAME TO USC
Oregon fell to USC, 12-10, in its last game on April 4. The game marked the first-ever live lacrosse game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Junior Hayley Milner matched her career-high of five goals, which she set on March 26 at UConn in the loss. Five other Oregon players accounted for the other five goals.
PROPST MOVES UP ASSIST CHART IN LOSS TO USC
Junior Shannon Propst handed out three assists on April 4 against USC to give her 53 for her career and move her past Alison Leiner (51) for sixth place on Oregon’s all-time assist list. She is now just one assist shy of the No. 5 spot, which is currently held by Ilsa van den Berg, who posted 54 assists from 2006-09.
DUCKS SNAP FOUR-GAME SKID AGAINST OLD DOMINION
Oregon snapped its four-game losing streak with a 10-9 victory at Old Dominion on March 30. For the Ducks, it was their fourth one-goal victory of the season. They are 4-1 in one-goal games; the five games are the highest total of one-goal games played in a single season since playing in 10 in 2008.
CATHELL POSTS FOURTH HAT-TRICK OF THE YEAR IN WIN AT OLD DOMINION
Senior attacker Kate Cathell scored three goals to lead the Oregon offensive charge in its 10-9 win at Old Dominion on March 30. For Cathell, it was the fourth time she recorded at least three goals in a single match this season. She scored a career-high four goals against Cincinnati on Feb. 24, three against Vermont on March 4 and three against Davidson on March 8.
O’CONNELL SHINES ON OREGON’S THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP
Freshman Carly O’Connell scored four goals and tallied seven assists in Oregon’s three games away from Eugene on March 24, 26 and 30. In the Ducks’ 9-5 loss at Marist, O’Connell posted two goals and set new career-highs in ground balls (6) and draw controls (4). She followed her performance at Marist with a career-high five-assist effort at UConn on March 26. She also matched her career-best with five draw controls against the Huskies. O’Connell wrapped up the trip by scoring one goal, dishing out two assists, scooping up two ground balls, recording two draw controls and causing two turnovers on get-away day at Old Dominion. O’Connell was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Rookie of the Week on March 4.
CALENDAR TURNS TO HISTORICALLY SUCCESSFUL MONTH FOR OREGON
The Ducks wrapped up the month of March with a 4-4 record and entered April at 5-5 overall. Historically, Oregon has played well in the month of April, a month that generally features conference matches. The Ducks are now 30-18 (.625) all-time in April. This year, all seven of Oregon’s April matches are against MPSF opponents. The Ducks are 27-20 (.574) all-time against MPSF teams during the regular season and 38-27 (.587) overall.
OREGON PLAYS FOURTH NIGHT GAME OF THE YEAR AGAINST USC
Oregon’s game against USC on Thursday was the team’s fourth night game of the year (matches played after 4 p.m.). The Ducks were 3-0 in the previous evening matches, which were all one-goal games. On March 2, Oregon defeated High Point, 7-6, and then topped Vermont in triple-overtime, 14-13, two nights later on March 4. Then, Oregon outlasted Davidson, 7-6, in its other night game on March 8.
NATIONAL RANKINGS SUMMARY (THROUGH MARCH 31)
Oregon is ranked in the top-50 of five individual and team categories:
Caused Turnovers (team) 22nd (92)
Scoring Defense (team) 34th (9.7)
Total Assists (individual) T22nd, Shannon Propst (19)
Assists Per Game (individual) T25th, Shannon Propst (1.9)
Goals Against Average (individual) 40th, Salliebeth Finnegan (9.91)
MILNER TORCHES UCONN FOR CAREER-HIGH FIVE GOALS
Junior Hayley Milner scored a career-high five goals for Oregon in its 16-14 overtime loss at Connecticut on March 26. Her scoring output, which also allowed her to set a new career-best in the points category (5), was one better than her previous career-high of four goals set on March 18, 2012 at San Diego State. Milner enters the California game on Sunday afternoon in Eugene with 15 goals this season. Of those 15 goals, Milner scored seven of them on Oregon’s three-game road trip last week. In addition to her five-goal effort at Connecticut, Milner scored two goals at Old Dominion on March 30.
DUCK OFFENSE SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN THREE CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Oregon posted 10 goals in its 12-10 loss to USC on April 4, 10 more in its 10-9 victory at Old Dominion on March 30 and 14 in its overtime loss at Connecticut on March 26. It marked the first time the Ducks scored at least 10 goals in three consecutive games since tallying double-digit goals in eight-straight games to conclude the 2012 regular season and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. The Ducks scored nine goals in their overtime loss to Navy in the NCAA Play-In Match on May 5, 2012 to bring the streak to an end.
ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Oregon head coach Jen Larsen Beck is the program’s first and only lacrosse coach. She has led the Ducks to an 87-70 record in her eight-plus years 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 7 of today’s game notes.
PROPST MOVES INTO EIGHTH PLACE ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Oregon junior attack Shannon Propst tallied four total points (2 goals, 2 assists) in Oregon’s 10-9 win at Old Dominion on March 30. As a result, Propst moved past Lindsay Killian for eighth place on Oregon’s all-time points list. Propst enters the California game with 116 career points; Killian, who played on Oregon’s first four lacrosse teams, racked up 112 career points from 2005-08.
MORRISON WITHIN ONE OF POPONYAK ON ALL-TIME GROUND BALLS LIST
Oregon senior defender Bridget Morrison scooped up one ground ball against USC on April 4 to give her 93 for her career and pull her within one ground ball of Ana Poponyak (94) for seventh place on Oregon’s all-time ground balls list. Morrison’s 17 ground balls this season ranks third on the team behind only Salliebeth Finnegan (20) and Carly O’Connell (19).
SIX DUCKS HAVE SCORED AT LEAST 10 GOALS THROUGH FIRST 11 GAMES OF 2013
Hayley Milner scored two goals against Old Dominion on March 30 to become Oregon’s fifth player to score over 10 goals during the 2013 season. Milner joined Kate Cathell (19), Shannon Propst (14), Nikki Puszcz (13) and Carly O’Connell (11) in double figures. Then, junior Sami Kiser hit the 10-goal mark by scoring one against USC. Additionally, sophomore Devon Frazer is quickly approaching the 10-goal plateau; she has nine entering the California game after she scored one in the first half of Oregon’s game against USC on April 4.
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: USC GAME KICKS OFF STRETCH RUN
Thursday night’s showdown between Oregon and USC began a stretch of seven Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games for the Ducks to conclude the 2013 regular season. Following the USC contest, Oregon will have just two home games remaining (April 7 vs. California, April 14 vs. Saint Mary’s). The other four games will be road matchups. On April 10, Oregon travels to Fresno State and it will wrap up the regular season with three games away from Eugene: April 19 at Stanford, April 21 at UC Davis and April 26 at Denver. Through 11 games, Oregon is 4-4 at home and 1-2 on the road. The Ducks’ last home win came in a 7-6 triumph over Davidson on March 8.
DUCKS CONTINUE TO MIX AND MATCH IN STARTING LINEUPS
Through 11 games, Oregon has used 10 different starting lineups. The most recent switch came against Old Dominion on March 30 when freshman Courtney Valdez was inserted into the starting 12 as an attacker. Only five players have started all 11 games for the Ducks this year: senior Bridget Morrison, juniors Shannon Propst, Nikki Puszcz and Erika McCool and freshman Alison Scharkey. In goal, senior Salliebeth Finnegan has started the last eight matches for the Ducks after junior Caroline Federighi left during the High Point game on March 2 with an injury (A complete breakdown of Oregon’s 2013 starting lineups is on page 4 on today’s game notes).
TEAM SCORING AVERAGES SLIGHTLY DIFFER IN HOME AND ROAD GAMES
Oregon’s offensive outputs at home and on the road this season are almost identical but the defensive numbers are quite different. On average, Oregon has scored 9.5 goals per game at home this season and 9.7 per game on the road. But defensively, the Ducks have allowed just 9.4 goals per game in Eugene and 11.3 per game on the road. Overall, Oregon has scored 105 goals this season (9.5 goals per game) and has allowed 109 (9.9 goals per game). Last year, the Ducks gave up just under 9.5 goals per game overall.