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Ducks Continue Seven-Game Homestand Saturday Against High Point
Release Date: 02/26/2013
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Oregon (1-1) hosts High Point (2-2) on Saturday evening at Papé Field.  The match marks just the second all-time meeting between the two schools.  Last year, the Panthers knocked off the Ducks, 13-10, in High Point, N.C.  Saturday’s game is slated for 5 p.m. A live video broadcast is available through the Pac-12 Live Stream and live stats are available through  Both video and stats links are available at the lacrosse schedule page on

Fifteen players on the 2013 Oregon lacrosse team appeared in the only meeting between High Point and Oregon a season ago.  Nikki Puszcz led the Ducks’ offensive attack with two goals; the only other active players to score in the match were Sami Kiser, Shannon Propst and Devon Frazer.  Propst also tallied three assists.  Goalie Caroline Federighi made six saves in 36:01 minutes of action.  Salliebeth Finnegan played 23:59 minutes in goal that afternoon and made three saves.  A complete box score of Oregon individual performances against High Point is located to the right.  

The Ducks’ match at High Point last season marks the only game in Oregon lacrosse history played against a Big South opponent.  The Ducks lost the match, 13-10, and are in search of their first win over High Point on Saturday evening in Eugene.

Junior Shannon Propst scored four goals and tallied three assists in Oregon’s first two matches against Dartmouth and Cincinnati last weekend.  She currently leads the team in total points (7), assists (3) and is tied for the team lead in goals (4) with senior Kate Cathell.  Propst was directly responsible for both of Oregon’s first-half goals on Saturday against No. 12 Dartmouth.  She dished out the assist to Nikki Puszcz for the first goal of the year and knotted the score at two before halftime with a goal of her own.  Propst had three goals and an assist in the Ducks’ 16-5 throttling of Cincinnati on Sunday.

Oregon juniors Nikki Puszcz and Shannon Propst entered the 2013 season ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, on the Ducks’ all-time points list.  Puszcz had 82 points and Propst had 80 coming into the Dartmouth match on Feb. 23.  However, Propst finished last weekend with seven points and Puszcz recorded four to send Propst ahead of Puszcz by just one point on the all-time charts.  Propst currently sits in 12th with 87 career points and Puszcz is one back with 86.  The Duck duo is quickly approaching the top-10 players on the all-time points list.  Kate Fleming (93) sits in 11th place and Allison Leiner (98) is in 10th all-time.  The Oregon points record-holder is Ilsa van den Berg, with 193.  

On the all-time assists list, Propst ranks eighth with 34 while Puszcz’s 29 assists place her alone in ninth. 

Oregon’s first victory of the season — a convincing 16-5 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 24 — was fueled by senior Kate Cathell, who scored a career-high four goals, dished out two assists (tied career-high) and ended the game with a team and career-high six points.  Cathell’s previous best in goals was two, which she also posted against Cincinnati in 2012.

Freshman Carly O’Connell scored a goal in each of her first two collegiate matches last weekend for Oregon.  She also recorded the first two assists of her career against Cincinnati on Feb. 24.  A native of Southborough, Mass., O’Connell is currently in a three-way tie for fifth on the team in points with Sami Kiser and Maggie Kovacs.

PUSZCZ PASSES MEAD ON DRAW CONTROL LIST                                          
Junior Nikki Puszcz posted 32 draw controls last season to give her 63 for her career and move her into eighth place in Oregon lacrosse history.  She picked up three draw controls in the opener against Dartmouth to move past Cara Mead (64 career) for seventh all-time.  She enters the weekend with 67 career draw controls after grabbing three more against Cincinnati on Feb. 24. 

Oregon senior Bridget Morrison entered the season with 76 career ground balls, which ranked ninth in Duck lacrosse history.  Although she is still in ninth all-time, Morrison picked up two ground balls in the opening weekend to bring her within five of Colleen Taggart’s 83 ground balls for eighth all-time.  In addition, Morrison has caused 43 turnovers in her career at Oregon, placing her eighth all-time.  She is just six caused turnovers from tying Kristina Barrett, who forced 49 turnovers from 2009-12. 

The Oregon women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Jan. 25.  The Ducks tallied 55 total points, including three first-place votes, and fell just four point shy of Stanford, the preseason conference favorite.  Oregon returns 18 players from its 2012 team that won the MPSF regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May.  The Ducks finished the 2012 campaign 14-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference play.  It was their first conference championship in school history.

FRAZER HAS CAREER DAY AGAINST CINCINNATI                                  
Oregon sophomore Devon Frazer set new career-highs in three categories on Feb. 24 against Cincinnati, finishing the game with three points, tallying her first-ever assist and recording three draw controls.  In addition, Frazer tied career-highs in goals scored (2) and ground balls (2) to help the Ducks remain undefeated all-time against Cincinnati (4-0).

DUCK LACROSSE ALL-TIME IN MARCH                                         
Oregon is 32-28 all-time in the month of March.  The Ducks posted their best March season in 2009, finishing 6-1.  Oregon also registered six March wins in 2007 (6-4) and 2008 (6-2).  Last season, the Ducks finished 4-2 in March, beating Old Dominion, San Diego State, Marist and Davidson.  Their only losses were to No. 1 Northwestern and High Point.  Oregon wrapped up March 2012 with with an 8-4 win on the road over Davidson, which it plays again on March 8 in Eugene.

OREGON ALL-TIME VS. NON-RANKED OPPONENTS                                      
Oregon’s win over Cincinnati moved its all-time record against non-ranked teams to 80-38, good enough for a 0.678 winning percentage.  Saturday’s match against High Point will be Oregon’s 119th meeting against a non-ranked team in school history.

HOME COOKIN’                                                                             
The Ducks open up their 2013 season with seven straight games at home in Eugene.  Oregon put together a perfect 5-0 home regular season — its best regular season finish since 2007 (6-0) — before dropping the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy, 10-9, at Papé Field.  The 5-1 overall finish at home was the best home record since 2009 (6-1).  

BETWEEN THE PIPES                                                                             
Junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi is coming off a record-setting season in 2012.  Last year, she set single-season school records in save percentage (.502) and goals against average (9.15).  Federighi now has 235 career saves, good enough for second all-time.  Anna Poponyak’s 514 saves represent the Oregon saves record.  Additionally, senior goalkeeper Salliebeth Finnegan has 209 career saves, which ranks third all-time.  

A complete list of all-time Oregon leaders is on pages 3-4 of today’s game notes.

Junior goalie Caroline Federighi put together an impressive sophomore campaign a season ago.  Federighi, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., ranked in the top-40 nationally in four different categories, including save percentage (2nd, .502), goals against average (14th, 9.15 gaa), saves (25th, 141 saves) and saves per game (39th, 7.42 spg).  Federighi started all 19 games for Oregon a season ago and logged 917:33 total minutes.  She finished the 2012 season with a 14-4 overall record to lead the Ducks.

CHRISTIANSEN BACK FOR FIFTH YEAR                                                            
Senior midfielder Dominique Christiansen returns for her fifth year of lacrosse at Oregon.   The Larkspur, Calif., native was granted a medical redshirt after missing all but two games during the 2011 season.  Christiansen played in 18 of the Ducks’ 19 games a season ago, scored seven goals and tallied four assists.

Oregon head coach Jen Larsen Beck is the program’s first and only lacrosse coach.  She has led the Ducks to an 83-65 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 6 of today’s game notes.

Through its first two games of the year, Oregon is ranked in the national top-50 in seven categories.  A complete list is below.  In addition, Caroline Federighi ranks 13th in goals against average (6.25).

Points T-47th (35)
Scoring Offense T-40th (23)
Scoring Defense T-15th (13)
Scoring Margin T-23rd (+10)
Winning Percentage T-43rd (.500)
Caused Turnovers T-28th (20)
Ground Balls T-32nd (36)

The Oregon lacrosse program witnessed its most successful season in school history last year, finishing 14-5 overall and capturing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season (7-0) and tournament championships.  Oregon advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May where it fell, 10-9, to Navy in overtime. The 2012 Ducks placed in the top-50 in the nation in six different categories.  Oregon ranked 13th in winning percentage (.737) and 16th in both total points (347) and scoring margin (2.95).  In addition, the Ducks finished 17th in scoring defense (9.47 goals per game), 28th in scoring offense (12.42 goals per game) and 41st in caused turnovers (141).

Oregon is 15-14 all-time in one-goal matches, dropping its first one-goal match of the year to No. 12 Dartmouth, 8-7 in overtime on Feb. 23.  The Ducks went 2-1 a season ago, winning both regular season games, 10-9, before dropping a one-goal overtime match in the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy.  A complete list of Oregon’s history in one-goal matches is located in the left side-bar on page 4 of today’s game notes.

Oregon’s match against USC in Eugene on April 4 will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks at 4:30 p.m. (PT).  The match will mark the Ducks’ 11th contest of the season and second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup of the season.  The meeting will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools; the 2013 season marks the first season of women’s lacrosse in the history of the University of Southern California.

On Dec. 10, 2012, Oregon head lacrosse coach Jen Larsen Beck announced the signing of seven student athletes in the early signing period.  The class consists of six midfielders and one goalie. Three hail from the state of Maryland, two from Colorado and one each from Oregon and California (Signees list continued on page 5).

Anne Longtain, Midfield
West Linn, Ore., West Linn High School/Oregon Elite Lacrosse Club
Longtain was a Three Rivers Conference top-10 finisher in both draw controls and ground balls as a sophomore (2011) and junior (2012).  She led West Linn to a third-place finish in the 2011 Oregon State Tournament and a runner-up finish in 2012 while earning second team All-League.

Isabella Pyne, Midfield 
Edgewater, Md., South River High School/Chesapeake Club Lacrosse
Pyne led her school to its first state championship in 2010.  A three-year letterwinner, she earned second team All-Washington D.C. Metro honors, was a first team All-County Coaches pick and named second team All-County by the Capital for Anne Arundel County as a sophomore in 2011.  In her junior year, Pyne was named first team All-County in both Coaches and Capital categories and was an honorable mention All-Metro selection.  

Rachel Steinberg, Midfield
Millersville, Md., Severn School/Chesapeake Club Lacrosse
A three-year letterwinner and starter at Severn High School, Steinberg was an Under Armour All-American and Maximum Exposure All-Star.  She led her team in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers last season and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Kathryn Blumhardt, Midfield
Parker, Colo., Regis Jesuit High School/Team 180
Blumhardt was an honorable mention All-League selection as a freshman and led her team in draw controls and ground balls as a sophomore in 2011.  A team captain her junior year, Blumhardt received first team All-Conference Accolades after leading Regis Jesuit in ground balls and draw controls.  Last spring, she played on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School National Team and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Rebecca Katzen, Goalie
Cockeysville, Md., Dulaney High School/SkyWalkers Lacrosse Club
Katzen joins the Oregon lacrosse program after splitting time with two other goalies at Dulaney.  The Cockeysville, Md., native is a member of the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.

Erin Schilmoeller, Midfield
Centennial, Colo., Regis Jesuit High School/Team 180
A four-year letterwinner, Schilmoeller earned first team U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American honors in 2012.  The same year, she garnered second team All-League accolades, one season after being named first team All-League.  Schilmoeller also picked up four varsity cross country letters at Regis Jesuit and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Kiki Gibson, Midfield
Carlsbad, Calif., La Costa Canyon High School/West Coast Starz Lacrosse Club
A three-year letterwinner, Gibson was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American after leading her team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Division I championship in 2012. Gibson received All-CIF (San Diego) honors as a freshman and sophomore and was a three-time All-Academic selection as well.

The Ducks play 10 home games at Papé Field during the 2013 regular season, including seven straight to open up the year.  It is the first time that Oregon has opened its season at home since the 2011 campaign, when it lost to No. 20 Hofstra in overtime.  Six of Oregon’s first seven home games are non-conference games; two of the six non-MPSF games are against opponents ranked in the top-15 in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  The Ducks played No. 12 Dartmouth in the first match of the season and No. 2 Florida, which advanced to last year’s NCAA Final Four, comes to Eugene on March 16.  Oregon’s first conference match is slated for March 22 against San Diego State in Eugene.

Following the seven-match homestand, Oregon hits the road for three matches in six days from March 24-30.  On March 24, Oregon plays Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., March 26 will see the Ducks play Connecticut for the first time in school history and a March 30 date at Old Dominion wraps up the road trip.  Oregon returns home to Eugene on April 4 for its first-ever meeting with USC, a match that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.  The USC match is the first of seven MPSF contests to conclude the regular season.  On May 2 and 4, Oregon will host the 2013 MPSF Lacrosse Tournament, featuring the top-four regular season finishers in the conference.  The Ducks won last year’s MPSF Tournament championship. 
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