The Oregon lacrosse team kicks off the 2010 campaign against Jacksonville University at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Ducks will be live-streaming most road games this season on the web, so check GoDucks.TV for the feed at game time.
The Ducks and Dolphins will meet for the first time on Saturday as the Jacksonville women's lacrosse team is in it's first season. The squad played the first game in the program's history on Feb. 6, losing 18-2 to Maryland-Baltimore County.
Head Coach Jen Larsen and the Ducks return 20 letterwinners and seven starters from their 2009 team that captured a program-best second place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Amongst the returners are five of the top six leading scorers from a season-ago, including leading scorer and reigning MPSF newcomer of the Year, sophomore midfielder Jana Drummond.
In her freshman season Drummond set program records for most goals (7) and shots (9) in a game as well as tallying the fourth most goals (34) scored in a single season all-time.
Oregon's scoring prowess will also feature three other 20+ goal scorers from a year ago with Catherine Davidson (29), Alex Breiner (24) and Jess Drummond (21). However, Oregon will need to replace Ilsa van den Berg, who scored 34 goals and netted six assists to finish with 40 points a season ago, second most on the team. Van den Berg finished her UO career with 139 goals and 193 points, the most ever in a career all-time at Oregon.
Oregon will also have to replace the most decorated goal keeper in program history, as Anna Poponyak graduated following the 2009 season. Poponyak holds Oregon single-season and career records in saves and goals against average. Looking to fill her shoes will be a trio of netminders in senior Sam DeBow (85 career saves, 11.12 GAA in 23 games played), redshirt junior Hannah Jones (16 career saves, 6.00 GAA in seven games played) and freshman Salliebeth Finnegan.
The Duck defense and midfield also took hit due to graduation as Cara Mead, Alicia Burkhart, Casey Rector and Kelly Giblin finished their careers. Giblin and Rector are back with the team as student assistant coaches in 2010.
Oregon will play its first home game of the 2010 season at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 against St. Bonaventure. The Ducks and Bonnies have met twice previously, with Oregon winning both games including a three-overtime 11-10 thriller in 2008.