ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Senior Holly Johnson tied her career high in goals as the Oregon women’s lacrosse team opened the 2016 season with a 12-11 win over Michigan on Friday night at Oosterbaan Field House.
How It Happened: Bella Pyne struck first, scoring her first goal of the season in the first minute-and-a-half to put the Ducks up, 1-0, early; however, Michigan quickly took the lead with three-straight scores over the next four-plus minutes before Carly O’Connell netted a shot to end the Wolverine run.
Trailing 5-2 after Michigan converted two free position shots, senior Holly Johnson got to work by scoring her first of four goals for the day. Michigan’s Tess Korten would respond 20 seconds later with a score to extend the Wolverines’ lead back to three.
Pyne rifled in her second goal of the game at the 10:28 mark, before freshman Shannon Williams scored the first goal of her Oregon career to pull the Ducks back to within one.
Michigan added another goal with 6:05 left in the half, but it would be the Wolverines’ last of the period. Oregon finished the frame with four-straight goals, including a last-second score from senior Carly O’Connell off an assist from Williams, to take a 9-7 lead into the half.
The Ducks tightened up on defense in the second half, allowing only four goals in the final 30 minutes to finish off their first victory of the season.
Freshman Cambi Cukar opened the second half with a goal from Pyne to inflate the Oregon lead to three, the Ducks’ biggest of the game. Michigan’s Jess Angerman scored the Wolverines’ response 30 seconds later, but Cukar found the net again on a man-up opportunity with 19:52 to play in the game.
After Michigan cut the Duck lead back to two with 16:06 remaining, the two teams suffered a scoreless stretch lasting almost nine minutes before Johnson scored her fourth goal of the game to make it 12-9, Ducks, with seven-and-a-half minutes to play.
Michigan scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game to narrow the Duck lead to one point, but failed to find the equalizer as Oregon held on to move to 1-0.
Who Stood Out: Holly Johnson led the Oregon offense, tying her career high in goals with four on the day. Carly O’Connell (2g, 1a), Bella Pyne (2g, 1a), Cambi Cukar (2g, 1a) and Shannon Williams (1g, 2a) each finished with three points. On the defensive end, Jenna Morris clocked all 60 minutes in goal, saving six Michigan attempts and earning her first win of the season. Morris and Jackie Moccia each collected three groundballs. Moccia also forced two turnovers.
Notes and Numbers: Carly O’Connell tallied three points in the Ducks’ win, moving her into seventh on the all-time Oregon list with 162 and passing Nikki Puszcz’s 161 … With one assist today, sophomore Cambi Cukar moved into the top 10 in the program record book in assists with 37 for her career, tying Jana Drummond … Jenna Morris moved into seventh on the all-time program list for saves, passing Janelle Parker’s 58 … the Ducks and Wolverines were even on shots for the game, with each firing 22 attempts … The Ducks were 2-0 on man-up opportunities … Michigan bested Oregon in draw controls, collecting 17 to the Ducks’ seven … With the win, the Ducks have won their last three season openers.
Up Next: The Ducks will look to add to their start when they face Detroit Mercy in Detroit this Sunday at 9 a.m.