EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon lacrosse team stopped a three-game losing streak by knocking off Iona 15-11 on Saturday afternoon at Pape' Field. The Ducks improve to 3-3 while Iona falls to 1-3 this season.
Oregon went into halftime with a five goal lead (10-5) but Iona rallied in the second half to cut the Oregon advantage to just two scores at 12-10 with 10:47 left to play. But Oregon tightened up on defense and Salliebeth Finnegan made a couple of great saves in goal as the Ducks surrendered just one more score in the last 10 minute of play while gaining three more goals of their own to put away the Gaels. Finnegan finished the game with five saves in her fifth straight start.
Bina Barrett led the Ducks with four goals on the day and Jana Drummond also had four points on three goals and one assist. Drummond took the team-lead in goals scored with her hat-trick on Saturday as she now has 17 goals in 2010. Alex Breiner, who was tied with Drummond in goal coming into the game, scored once but still has a team-high 22 points this season on 15 goals and a team-best seven assists.
The Ducks had six different players score goals against the Gaels, including Kelly Jablonski's first score of the year. Anna Swicklik also had an outstanding game, netting three goals when she came into the contest with three scores in the first five games of the year. Swicklik's five ground balls is also a team season-high.
Iona College also got goals from six players on Saturday, with Elizabeth Coholan's three scores leading the way. Goalkeeper Carlee Street made six saves for the Gaels.
As a team, Oregon had the edge in shots (35-21), shots on goal (21-16), ground balls (27-23), draw controls (16-11), team clears (16-15) and free position goals (4-2). Iona had the advantage in tournovers (21-24) but was whistled for more fouls (29-27).
The Ducks will close out a three-game homestand next weekend when they play Cincinnati at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at Pape' Field.