LIVE STATS — Oregon at Stanford (April 19, 5 p.m.)
LIVE STATS — Oregon at UC Davis (April 21, 1 p.m.)
DUCKS HIT THE ROAD FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAMES OF THE YEAR
The Oregon Ducks (7-7, 2-3) travel to No. 15 Stanford (8-4, 3-1) and UC Davis (4-8, 1-4) this weekend (April 19-21) for their 15th and 16th games of the year. After this weekend, Oregon will play just one more regular season game, an April 26 matchup at No. 11 Denver. The Ducks enter the weekend in sixth place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation but are just one game back of the coveted No. 4 spot; the top-four teams from the regular season will qualify for the 2013 MPSF Tournament on May 2 and 4 in Eugene (up-to-date MPSF standings are listed on the left side-bar of today’s game notes).
OREGON TO FACE STANFORD FOR 12TH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The Ducks meet the No. 15 Cardinal for the 12th time in school history on Friday (April 19) afternoon in Stanford, Calif. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT). Oregon is 3-8 all-time against Stanford but has won two-straight over its MPSF rival. The last time these two teams squared off was in the 2012 MPSF Tournament championship game in Stanford, Calif. The Ducks came away with a 13-10 victory, giving them the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Five active Oregon players scored goals in the victory — Nikki Puszcz (3), Hayley Milner (2), Shannon Propst (2), Sami Kiser (1) and Kate Cathell (1). Oregon is 2-3 all-time against the Cardinal on the road but has won the last two meetings in Stanford. Both of the wins over the Cardinal in Stanford came last year. In addition to last year’s MPSF Tournament game, the Ducks knocked off Stanford on the road on April 13, 2012, 13-7. Stanford’s last win over Oregon was in the 2011 MPSF Tournament finals in Moraga, Calif.
SECOND-TO-LAST REGULAR SEASON GAME PITS DUCKS AGAINST AGGIES
Following Oregon’s April 19 game at Stanford, the Ducks will stay in California with a critical match at UC Davis in Davis, Calif., on Sunday, April 21. The opening draw is slated for 1 p.m. The match marks the second-to-last regular season contest of the year for the Ducks. Oregon is 8-3 all-time against UC Davis and 3-0 against the Aggies in Davis, Calif. Last year, the two schools met just once, a game Oregon came away with (16-13) on April 8, 2012 in Eugene. UC Davis’ last win over the Ducks was on April 29, 2010 in the MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals (13-11 in Denver, Colo.)
PROPST SHINES ON TWO-GAME HOMESTAND, NAMED MPSF OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WOODLAND, Calif. — Oregon junior attacker Shannon Propst was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week on Monday night (April 15).
This marks the second time Propst has garnered MPSF Player of the Week honors in her career. She received the conference player of the week award as a sophomore on April 3, 2012.
Propst, who leads the Ducks in points (55), assists (32) and is tied for the team lead in goals (23), takes home the award after recording 14 total points in wins over Fresno State and Saint Mary’s last week.
Propst, a native of Bel Air, Md., scored a career-high five goals and added two assists against Fresno State on April 10 and followed with a three-goal, four-assist effort on Sunday (April 14) against Saint Mary’s. The four assists matched a career-high. Both seven-point performances were career-bests for Propst as well.
Propst’s seven-point outburst against Saint Mary’s gave her 135 career points and moved her into a seventh-place tie with Jana Bradley (2005-08) on Oregon’s all-time points list. In addition, her 63 career assists rank third all-time. She is just 16 assists away from becoming the Ducks’ all-time assist leader.
This year, Propst has tallied 55 points; she is just 10 points away from becoming Oregon’s single-season points leader. The current record is held by Alex Breiner and Ilsa van den Berg, who both recorded 64 points in 2011 and 2008, respectively. Additionally, Propst is challenging Breiner’s single-season record of 4.00 points per game, which was set in 2011. Propst is averaging 3.93 points per game this season.
Finally, Propst is just two assists away from becoming Oregon’s all-time single-season record holder. She has 32 this year (2.29 per game, which is currently a single-season record) and is one behind Alison Leiner, who posted 33 assists in 2006.
A second team All-MPSF selection a season ago, Propst currently ranks 16th in the country in assists (32) and assists per game (2.29).
Propst’s Offensive Player of the Week honor is the third time a Duck has garnered an MPSF award this year. Freshman Carly O’Connell was named Rookie of the Week on March 4 and April 8.
Oregon has three regular season games remaining and all three come on the road. The Ducks play at Stanford on Friday (April 19) at 5 p.m. and head to UC Davis on Sunday (April 21). The regular season concludes on April 26 at Denver.
OREGON NOTCHES FIRST TWO MPSF WINS OF THE YEAR
The Oregon Ducks knocked off Fresno State on the road, 18-8, on April 10 and then toppled Saint Mary’s (19-9) on April 14 to pick up their first two wins in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this year. The Ducks’ 19-goal outburst was a season-high and the most goals they have scored in a single game since April 6, 2012, when they defeated Fresno State, 21-4, in Eugene. The two wins kept the Ducks alive in the race for a spot in the 2013 MPSF Tournament. Oregon enters the weekend in sixth place overall but it is just one game back of the fourth place spot, currently held by San Diego State (8-5, 3-2), and a half-game behind USC (6-9, 3-3) for fifth.
PUSZCZ BREAKS INTO TOP-10 ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Oregon junior midfielder Nikki Puszcz scored three goals and added two assists, a total of five points, in Oregon’s 19-9 win over Saint Mary’s on April 14. As a result, Puszcz passed Jess Drummond (2009-12) on Oregon’s all-time points list. Entering the weekend, Puszcz has 109 career points (75 goals, 34 assists); Drummond wrapped up her career with 108 (94 goals, 14 assists).
O’CONNELL SETS SINGLE GAME DRAW CONTROL RECORD
Carly O’Connell put together a historic performance in Oregon’s 19-9 win over Saint Mary’s on April 14. The freshman from Southborough, Mass., re-wrote the Oregon record books by registering 10 draw controls, breaking the previous single game record of eight, set by Jen May (now an assistant coach for Oregon) in 2005. In addition, O’Connell finished the game with three goals and an assist. O’Connell’s 37 draw controls this season are tied for the team lead with Nikki Puszcz.
MORRISON PASSES POPONYAK ON GROUND BALLS LIST
Oregon senior defender Bridget Morrison scooped up two ground balls on April 14 against Saint Mary’s to give her 96 for her career and move her past Anna Poponyak (94) for seventh all-time on Oregon’s ground balls chart. In addition, Morrison is just two ground balls away from catching Jess Drummond (98) for sixth all-time.
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 89-71 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 7 of today’s game notes.
NATIONAL RANKINGS SUMMARY
Oregon is listed in the top-50 of eight individual and team categories in the latest national rankings (April 14). Below is a complete list of the eight national categories.
Assists Shannon Propst, 32 (16th)
Assists Per Game Shannon Propst, 2.29 (16th)
Points Shannon Propst, 55 (T-33rd)
Points Per Game Shannon Propst, 3.93 (T-35th)
Goals Against Average Salliebeth Finnegan, 10.55 (48th)
Caused Turnovers Per Game 8.79 (27th)
Points 233 (31st)
Scoring Defense 10.00 (T-43rd)
FOUR DUCKS RECORD HAT-TRICKS IN WIN OVER SAINT MARY’S
Nine different players accounted for Oregon’s 19 goals in the Ducks’ 10-goal win over Saint Mary’s in Eugene on April 14. Of those nine players, four scored at least three goals. Junior Hayley Milner led the Oregon charge with four goals, while Carly O’Connell, Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz each posted three. Senior Ashley Inman also recorded a multi-goal game, finishing the afternoon with two.
The four hat-tricks on April 14 marked the second-straight game where four Ducks have scored at least three goals. Propst, Milner, Puszcz and Sami Kiser accomplished the feat on April 10 at Fresno State. Prior to the Fresno State game, the last time four Ducks scored at least three goals in a game was on April 17, 2011, in a 19-7 win over UC Davis in Eugene. Five Ducks scored three goals against the Aggies that day.