EUGENE – The Oregon women’s lacrosse team dropped a tough contest to High Point, 12-7, on Monday night at Papé Field.
How It Happened: The Ducks (3-2) struck first with a Carly O’Connell goal off the assist from Natalie Modly at the 26:24 mark; however, not even a minute later, the Panthers tied it at one with a score by Allie Foard.
High Point scored again on a free position shot to take their first lead of the game before sophomore Mariah Gatti answered with a free position goal of her own to even the score again.
The Panthers scored four of the next five goals of the game over the next 12 minutes to take control of the game and put the Ducks in a 6-3 hole. Holly Johnson scored the lone Duck goal over that stretch off a Cambi Cukar assist.
The Ducks were able to claw back before the half, thanks to goals from Cukar, Rachel Steinberg and Shannon Williams. Oregon led a 3-1 run over the final four-and-a-half minutes of the opening period to trail 7-6 at the break.
High Point outscored the Ducks, 5-1, in the second half to take the 12-7 lead. Oregon’s only goal of the second half came on a man-up goal from Bella Pyne, who scored off Cukar’s third assist of the night.
Who Stood Out: The Ducks showed their depth on the offensive side of the ball with all seven of their goals coming from different players. Cambi Cukar added four points (3g, 1a) to the effort, while Carly O’Connell added two (1g, 1a). Bella Pyne caused a career-high-tying four Panther turnovers, while scoring a goal and collecting two ground balls and a draw control. Senior defender Jackie Moccia was able to force two turnovers and pick up three ground balls. Jenna Morris started in goal, clocking 38 minutes and adding two saves. In 22 minutes, Becca Katzen notched three saves.
Notable: Oregon outshot the Panthers, 25-23, with 20 shots on goal. High Point goalie Molly Andrews was a force in goal, saving 13 Duck shots in 60 minutes.
Up Next: Oregon will play its third game in five days on Wednesday at 5 p.m. when it plays host to George Mason at Papé Field.