WOODLAND, Calif. – Shannon Propst and Alison Scharkey leads a group of five Ducks that were named to the all-conference team as announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation office Tuesday afternoon. Propst and Scharkey earned first-team honors while Caroline Federighi, Carly O'Connell and Nikki Puszcz earned second-team nods.
This is first first-team All-MPSF accolade for Propst, who has earned back-to-back second-team all-conference honors in years prior. Scharkey, a sophomore, also earned her first first-team all-conference honor.
Propst, who has rewritten the Oregon history books this year, broke the all-time points and assist record along with the single-season record for points and assist. The senior attacker has 216 career-points and 111 career-assists, and is also seventh in program history with 105 career-goals.
The Bel Air, Md., native’s 4.00 points per game is good 26th in the nation and third in the MPSF. Her 2.41 assists average places her fourth in the NCAA and second in the conference.
Scharkey, a two-year starter, earned her first first-team All-MPSF honor after compiling 25 groundballs, 16 caused turnovers and five draw controls during the regular season. Nine of her 16 caused turnovers have come in conference play. The sophomore from Yorba Linda, Calif., has played a huge factor in Oregon being ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 7.82 goals per game.
This is the third-straight year Federighi has been named to the all-conference team, she previously earned first-team honors in 2012 and second-team honors in 2013.
The senior goalkeeper is in the midst of having her best goals against average in her four-year career at UO. Her 8.00 GAA right now is 1.15 points better than the single-season record for goals against average she set back in 2012.
Federighi, who hails from Pleasanton, Calif., leads the team with 33 groundballs to go along with 12 caused turnovers. She has also stopped 96 shots and allowed just 126 goals in 944:26 minutes of action.
O’Connell has now earned back-to-back second-team All-MPSF honors. The sophomore broke the nine year old single-season draw controls record (68) set by current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby this past weekend against Colorado. O’Connell currently has 71 draw controls on the season with at least one more game to add on to that record.
The Southborough, Mass., native is 24th in the nation in draw controls and second in the conference. She’s also 10th in the nation with 2.18 assists per game and third in the MPSF behind Propst. O’Connell is also fourth in the conference with 3.76 points per game.
Puszcz rounds out the list of five Ducks on the all-conference team. This is the second all-conference award of her career, she last earned second-team honors in 2012. Puszcz is tied for eighth in the conference with 2.18 goals per game and leads the team with 37 goals. Not only is Puszcz known for her offensive skills, she also leads Oregon with 27 caused turnovers, which good for second in the conference.
UO tied with Denver and USC for the second-highest number of honorees in this year’s all-conference team with five, while Stanford led the pack with six all-conference honorees.
Hannah Farr, a junior midfielder from Stanford named the 2014 MPSF Player of the Year while Colorado’s freshman goalkeeper, Paige Soenksen, was named rookie of the year. Denver’s head coach Liza Kelly repeated as MPSF Coach of the Year after she led the Pioneers to another undefeated conference season.
The fourth-seeded Oregon Ducks are set to clash with the fifth-seeded Trojans of USC at 6 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, May 1, at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.