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The Oregon lacrosse team will play its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home opener this Friday when the Ducks battle California in the only night game of the season at Pape’ Field. Fans wearing black to the game, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will only be charged $2 for admission.
Oregon will also play Saint Mary’s at noon on Sunday. Fans who bring their Bi-Mart cards to Pape’ Field, located next to the Moshofsky Center on the opposite side of Autzen Stadium, will be given special admission of two adults and unlimited children for $10.
The Ducks are coming off an 18-6 victory over Fresno State on Sunday in their first MPSF game of the season. Oregon (5-7, 1-0 MPSF), is 3-1 at home this season at will look to continue that trend against Cal and Saint Mary’s.
Sophomore Jana Drummond has continued her torrid scoring pace this season, as she leads the Ducks with 33 goals and 38 total points this season. In her freshman season, Drummond had 34 goals and 42 total points. Alex Breiner has also is playing well in her junior campaign, as she has 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists while freshman Maggie Kovacs is third in points with 15 goals and five assists. After netting three assists at Fresno State, sophomore Bina Barrett has a team-best nine helpers on the season.
California (3-8, 0-3 MPSF) dropped its last two games to MPSF foes, losing an 11-10, double-overtime heartbreaker to Denver on April 2 and falling to rival and then-No. 11 Stanford, 12-7, on April 4. Both games took place at Memorial Stadium. Cal’s season-opener was also its MPSF-opener when they lost at UC Davis, 12-10, on Feb. 20. Last season Cal defeated Oregon twice. The Golden Bears won 13-12 in overtime during the regular season and 10-9 in the second round of the MPSF Tournament. California holds the all-time series edge, 5-4, and is 2-1 in Eugene.
Allie Welsh paces the Bears in points (29) and assists (14). She also has 15 goals. Alyse Kennedy leads the team in goals (23), draw controls (22) and game-winning goals (2) and ranks second in points (27). Goalkeeper Allie Shropshire has a 12.64 goals-against average and has made 84 saves. No other goalie has played even a single minute in the net other than Shropshire.
Saint Mary’s (3-7, 0-2 MPSF) is coming off a 17-7 loss at Fairfield and a 18-4 loss at Brown on an East Coast swing. In conference play, the Gaels fell 21-11 at UC Davis and 18-5 while hosting Denver. Last season Oregon knocked off the Saint Mary’s 17-10 in Moraga. The Ducks are 8-0 all-time against the Gaels, including 4-0 in Eugene.
Mariah Walk’s 22 points (17 goals, five assists) lead the Gaels while five other players also have 10 or more points on the season. In the net, Whitney Campitiello has played the majority of the minutes in goal and is 1-4 on the season with 37 saves and a 16.40 goals against average. Kathleen Worsdale has also seen a significant amount of playing time in the net and is 2-3 on the year with 38 saves and a 17.61 goals against average.