Oregon Rally Falls Short in MPSF Tourney
Release Date: 04/24/2009
Heading into the final 15 minutes of the second half, the Ducks were down 10-6 but Oregon rallied behind goals from Celeste Mayer, Ilsa van den Berg and Catherine Davidson. The last of those three scores came with 2:31 remaining but the Ducks could not net the game-tying goal before the clock ticked down.
Alex Breiner (three assists) and van den Berg (two goals, one assist) each finished the game with a team-best three points. Davidson also scored twice.
Jana Drummond netted one goal and ends her freshman season as the first UO rookie to ever pace the Ducks in scoring with 34 goals and eight assists for 42 points.
Oregon struggled in the net as Anna Poponyak (43 minutes played) and Hannah Jones (17 minutes) combined to make just three saves on the day. Poponyak allowed all ten scores before being pulled for Jones.
The Ducks fell exactly one week ago in the regular season at California, 13-12 in overtime.
Oregon started the game with a 3-1 lead before Cal scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. But the Ducks answered with three consecutive scores of their own to take back the lead with just more than five minutes remaining in the first half.
California then made its move, netting six straight from 2:50 left in the first half to 17:00 remaining in the second period.
Oregon went 4-2 in the MPSF during the regular season and knocked off Fresno State 19-2 in the opening round of the conference tournament.
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