DUCKS HOST AZTECS IN FIRST MPSF MATCH
The Oregon Ducks (4-2, 0-0 MPSF) square off against San Diego State (5-2, 1-0 MPSF) Friday afternoon in Eugene. The Ducks are coming off a 13-5 loss to No. 2 Florida that snapped a four-game winning streak. Meanwhile, San Diego State has won three-straight overall. However, Friday's game against Oregon just the third game away from home for the Aztecs. San Diego State is 1-1 in games played on the road this season.
Oregon has lost just twice this year and both of the losses have come against ranked opponents. On March 16 against No. 2 Florida, the Ducks played the Gators even in the draw control category. Junior Shannon Propst led the Oregon offense with two goals and one assist.
OREGON ALL-TIME VERSUS SAN DIEGO STATE
Oregon defeated San Diego State in the Aztecs’ first season of existence in 2012. Oregon beat San Diego State, 17-7, on March 18, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. Six active Ducks scored goals that game, including Haley Milner, who scored a game-high four goals to lead Oregon.
OREGON ALL-TIME VERSUS MPSF OPPONENTS
The Oregon Ducks are 27-18 all-time in regular season matches played against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opponents. In addition, Oregon is 11-7 in the MPSF Tournament. In total, the Ducks are against 38-25 against MPSF teams. Last year, the Ducks won the MPSF regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match in May 2012.
PROPST RECORDS 100TH CAREER POINT AGAINST FLORIDA
Oregon junior Shannon Propst scored two goals and tallied one assist against Florida on March 16 to give her 100 points for her career. Propst’s three points against Florida moved her past Alison Leiner (98 career points) for 10th on Oregon’s all-time career points list. Propst has scored 58 career goals, which ranks 12th all-time, and has 42 career assists (seventh all-time). Her 11 assists this season lead the team, rank in a 39th-place tie nationally, and are just 22 shy of Oregon’s all-time single-season record (33) set by Leiner in 2006.
CATHELL NETS THIRD HAT-TRICK IN WIN OVER DAVIDSON
Oregon senior attack Kate Cathell scored three goals in the Ducks’ 7-6 victory over Davidson on March 8. It was the third time Cathell scored at least three goals in a game this season. She scored a career-high four goals against Cincinnati on Feb. 24 and three against Vermont on March 4 as well. Cathell currently ranks second on the team in total points (18) and leads the Ducks in goals scored (12) this season.
KISER SCORES GAME-WINNER AGAINST DAVIDSON
Duck junior midfielder Sami Kiser scored two goals in Oregon’s triumph over Davidson on March 8. The second of the two goals broke a 6-6 tie with 11:14 remaining. The Oregon defense held on to the one-goal edge for the rest of the game and Kiser was credited with her first game-winning goal of the season. Through six games, Kiser has scored five goals, dished out one assist and tallied six total points.
MORRISON PASSES TAGGART ON ALL-TIME GROUND BALLS LIST
Senior Bridget Morrison scooped up three ground balls in Oregon’s 7-6 victory over Davidson on March 8 to give her 86 career ground balls and move her past Colleen Taggart (83) for eighth all-time on Oregon’s career ground balls list. Morrison leads the Ducks with 12 ground balls this season and is just six away from catching Anna Poponyak, who picked up 94 ground balls from 2005-09, for seventh all-time.
OREGON PROTECTS THE BALL IN WIN OVER DAVIDSON
The Oregon Ducks committed a season-low six turnovers in their 7-6 win over Davidson on March 8. It marked the first time the Ducks turned the ball over less than 10 times in a game since April 8, 2012, when they committed just nine turnovers against UC Davis.
DUCKS NO STRANGER TO ONE-GOAL GAMES
Oregon’s win over Davidson gave the Ducks their third-straight victory in a one-goal match this season. The Ducks are 3-1 in one-goal games in 2013 and have already surpassed the number of one-goal games that they played in all of 2012. The school record for one-goal matches in a single-season is 10, set by the 2008 team. Oregon is 18-14 all-time in one-goal games. 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.
DUCKS WIN FIRST OVERTIME GAME SINCE 2008
Oregon’s 14-13 triple-overtime triumph over Vermont on March 4 gave the program its first overtime win since April 18, 2008 when it also beat Vermont, 12-11, on the road. The Ducks trailed by a goal (13-12) in the final seconds of overtime on Monday before Carly O’Connell picked up a ground ball after a Kate Cathell shot hit the right post and fired the ball into the net. Nikki Puszcz would win the match with a free position shot in the third overtime.
THREE DUCKS REGISTER HAT-TRICKS AGAINST VERMONT
Oregon senior Kate Cathell, junior Nikki Puszcz and sophomore Devon Frazer each scored three goals in the Ducks’ 14-13 win over Vermont on March 4. It was the first time that at least three players scored three goals in a single game since Kristina Barrett (4), Shannon Propst (3) and Puszcz (3) did so in a 16-8 win over Saint Mary’s on April 15, 2012. In addition, Frazer’s three-goal outburst was a career-high.
O’CONNELL NAMED MPSF ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tabbed Oregon freshman Carly O’Connell as its Rookie of the Week on Monday night (March 4). The announcement came just moments after Oregon’s thrilling 14-13 triple-overtime win over Vermont at Papé Field.
O’Connell earned the award thanks to her effort against High Point on Saturday (March 2). Against the Panthers, O’Connell scored the game-winning goal that broke a 6-6 tie with 4.8 seconds to play. The goal marked her second of the day. In addition, O’Connell registered two ground balls, a draw control and three caused turnovers against High Point.
For an encore performance, O’Connell scored a goal with eight seconds left to tie the Vermont game at 13 and send the match into sudden-victory. She finished the evening with two goals, a career-high five draw controls and a ground ball.
CATHELL POSTS ANOTHER SIX-POINT EFFORT AGAINST VERMONT
Oregon senior attack Kate Cathell posted her second six-point effort of the season against Vermont on March 4. Cathell scored three goals, tallied a career-high four assists and the six points matched her career-best that she set earlier this year with a four-goal, two-assist effort against Cincinnati on Feb. 24.
MORRISON HAS BIG NIGHT IN WIN OVER VERMONT
Oregon senior defender Bridget Morrison found herself in an unusual situation in the Ducks’ 14-13 victory over Vermont on March 4. With the game tied at 11, Morrison forced a turnover by Vermont goalie Charlotte Lyons, scooped up the ground ball and floated a 35-yard shot into the net to give the Ducks a 12-11 advantage. For Morrison, the goal was the second of her career and first since her freshman campaign in 2010.
PUSZCZ CONTINUES TO CLIMB UP THE DRAW CONTROLS 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 San Diego State match with 76 career draw controls after grabbing two more against San Diego State on March 16. Puszcz is just six draw controls away from catching Casey Rector (82) for sixth place all-time.
DUCK LACROSSE ALL-TIME IN MARCH
Oregon is now 35-29 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 an 8-4 win on the road over Davidson, which it beat again on March 8 in Eugene.
OREGON ALL-TIME VS. NON-RANKED OPPONENTS
Oregon’s win over Davidson moved its all-time record against non-ranked teams to 83-38, good enough for a 0.686 winning percentage. Friday's game against San Diego State will be Oregon’s 122nd meeting against a non-ranked team in school history.
FINNEGAN STEPS IN TO EARN FIRST WINS SINCE 2011
Senior goalkeeper Salliebeth Finnegan was subbed into the High Point game on March 2 with 27 minutes remaining in the first half for injured starter Caroline Federighi. Finnegan made three saves and scooped up a ground ball over the final 57 minutes to earn her first win since April 17, 2011 when she helped guide Oregon to a 19-7 triumph over UC Davis. In addition, she tallied 14 saves in wins over Vermont and Davidson to move her season record to 3-0 and bring her career total to 14.
McCOOL ANCHORS STELLAR DUCK DEFENSE
Oregon junior defender Erika McCool picked up three ground balls and forced a turnover against High Point to anchor the Oregon defense. McCool helped the Ducks hold the Panthers’ top-three scorers to just three goals and Kendyl Gardner, who entered the match with seven goals, scoreless. Oregon has allowed just 51 goals the entire season (8.5 goals per game). Last year, the Ducks gave up nearly 9.5 goals per game.
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).
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 86-66 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.
FEDERIGHI GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION IN 2012
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.
OREGON TO PLAY TELEVISED GAME AGAINST USC ON APRIL 4
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.
OREGON SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
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, 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.