OREGON SEEKS FIRST MPSF WIN AT FRESNO STATE
The Oregon Ducks (5-7, 0-3 MPSF) travel to Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday (April 10) to face the Fresno State Bulldogs (2-9, 0-4 MPSF) in their fourth road game of the season. The Ducks are 1-2 on the road this year but won their last game at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., on March 30. Both Oregon and Fresno State are searching for its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victories of the year; the Ducks fell to California at home on April 7 in their last conference game, while the Bulldogs lost to San Diego State in Fresno in their last outing.
DUCKS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK AGAINST BULLDOGS
Oregon is 5-0 all-time against Fresno State. Its first meeting with the Bulldogs came on March 6, 2009, a game that the Ducks won 20-0. In the last game between the two schools, Oregon beat Fresno State in Eugene, 21-4. The Ducks have scored at least 18 goals in all five of their games against the Bulldogs and are averaging 19.2 goals per game all-time. Defensively, Oregon has allowed just 3.4 goals per game all-time against the Bulldogs.
Wednesday’s game between Oregon and Fresno State will be just the second meeting between the two schools in Fresno, Calif. Oregon won the only meeting, which came on April 4, 2010, 18-6. Oregon is 3-0 against the Bulldogs in Eugene and 1-0 on a neutral field; the Ducks beat Fresno State, 19-2, in the 2009 MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals in Stanford, Calif.
Oregon and Fresno State enter Wednesday’s match in seventh place and an eighth-place tie, respectively, in the MPSF standings. Denver and California are the only two teams without a loss; the top four teams will compete in the MPSF Tournament in Eugene on May 2 and 4.
OREGON LOSES 14-10 GAME TO CAL IN EUGENE
A 6-0 second-half run pushed the California Golden Bears past the Oregon Ducks on April 7 in Eugene. The Ducks trailed 5-3 at the break after taking two one-goal leads (2-1 and 3-2) in the opening frame. In the second, California rattled off the first two goals to take a 7-3 advantage. The Golden Bears led 8-4 with 23:53 to go, but Oregon went on a 2-0 run thanks to goals by Sami Kiser and O’Connell that made it an 8-6 game with 21:15 to go. But an Oregon red card at the 20:38 mark in the second half gave California a two-minute unreleasable man-up advantage. Takacs took advantage of the opportunity and scored two man-up goals to push the lead back up to four, 10-6, with 19:36 left. The Bears scored the next four as well, courtesy of Melissa Humphrey and Takacs to grab an eight-goal edge (14-6), with 7:52 remaining in the game. Oregon closed the gap to four by day’s end thanks to three goals by O’Connell and one by sophomore Devon Frazer.
PROPST PUTS TOGETHER ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE IN LOSS TO CAL
Oregon junior Shannon Propst scored a goal and racked up a career-high four assists in Oregon’s loss to California on April 7. She also tied a career-best with five points. Propst’s four assists gave her 57 for her career and moved her past Alison Leiner (54) for fifth-place on Oregon’s all-time assists list and into a fourth-place tie with Jen May (57). In addition, Propst enters Wednesday’s game in Fresno ranked eighth on the Ducks’ all-time points chart with 121.
PROPST ON TRACK TO RE-WRITE SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS
Junior attacker Shannon Propst is on the fast-track to setting three single-season records for the Ducks in 2013. Entering the week, Propst is averaging 3.42 points per game, just .58 points behind Alex Breiner (4.00 in 2011) for the most single-season points per game. In addition, Propst is just eight assists away from setting the single-season record for assists. Propst has 26 assists for the year and is currently in a third-place tie. Alison Leiner holds the all-time record with 33 in 2006. Finally, Propst is averaging 2.17 assists per game. If the season ended today, Propst would be Oregon’s all-time single-season leader in that category. Leiner is in second place behind Propst, averaging 1.74 assists per game in 2006.
PROPST RANKS IN TOP-25 NATIONALLY IN TWO ASSISTS CATEGORIES
Junior Shannon Propst ranks in the top-25 nationally both total assists and assists per game. Her 26 assists overall ranks 20th in the nation, while her 2.17 assists per game rank 18th in the country. As a team, Oregon has 67 assists this year and Propst is responsible for nearly 40 percent of them.
O’CONNELL GARNERS SECOND MPSF ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR
Oregon freshman Carly O’Connell was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Week on Monday night (April 8). It is the second time this season that O’Connell has earned the award; she also received the honor on March 4. O’Connell scored a career-high four goals and handed out three assists, good enough for a career-best seven points against Cal on Sunday (April 7). She also had a goal, an assist, draw control, ground ball and caused turnover against USC.on April 4. O’Connell ranks second on the Ducks in points (33), goals (16), assists (15) and draw controls (24) and is tied for the team lead in ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (12). Stanford’s Julia Burns, USC’s Caroline Cordrey, Rachael McKinnon of Denver, UC Davis’ Mary Doyle and Alexa Comfort of San Diego State were also nominated. O’Connell and the Ducks next take the field on Wednesday (April 10) at Fresno State.
O’CONNELL SETS CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST CAL
Freshman Carly O’Connell set new career-highs in the goals and points categories in Oregon’s 14-10 loss to California on April 7. O’Connell scored four goals in the loss (her previous high was two) and tallied three assists to give her seven points and break her previous mark of five. O’Connell, who was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Week on March 4, ranks second on the team in points (33), goals (16), assists (15) and draw controls (24), and is tied for the team lead in draw controls (12) and ground balls (20).
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.
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.
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 Fresno State game on Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif., with 15 goals this season. Of those 15 goals, Milner scored seven of them on Oregon’s three-game road trip two weeks ago. In addition to her five-goal effort at Connecticut, Milner scored two goals at Old Dominion on March 30.
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 Fresno State game with 121 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 (20).
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 30-19 (.612) all-time in April. This year, all seven of Oregon’s April matches are against MPSF opponents. The Ducks are 27-21 (.563) all-time against MPSF teams during the regular season and 38-28 (.576) overall.
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 87-71 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.