EUGENE, Ore - The Oregon Ducks scored three goals within the first five minutes against Cincinnati and never looked back, cruising past the Bearcats, 16-5, on Sunday afternoon at Papé Field.
With the win, Oregon improves to 1-1 while Cincinnati falls to 1-1.
Oregon senior Kate Cathell scored a career-high four goals to lead the Ducks and junior Shannon Propst tied a career-high with three. In addition, Cathell posted two assists to tie her career-best and sophomore Devon Frazer punched home two goals for the second time in her career.
After Oregon raced out to a 3-0 lead, senior Maggie Kovacs scored back-to-back goals to put the Ducks ahead, 5-0.
Cincinnati cut the lead to 5-1 moments later but a 3-0 run sparked by a Casey Brogan goal and two Cathell scores put the Ducks in the driver's seat with an 8-1 lead. Oregon carried an 8-2 lead into the break.
Cincinnati's Marissa Pierson brought the Bearcats within five when she converted a man-up goal with 21:19 remaining, but another 3-0 blitz by the Ducks put the match out of reach. Frazer scored the first of the three goals with 19:08 left and freshman Carly O'Connell and Hayley Milner followed with back-to-back goals at the 18:13 and 17:37 marks to give Oregon an 11-3 edge.
The Ducks out-scored the Bearcats 5-2 over the final 17 minutes to seal their first win of the season.
Oregon out-shot Cincinnati 38-10. Twenty-Nine of the 38 shots were on-goal. The last time the Ducks took at least 30 shots in a match was on April 6, 2012 against Fresno State. In addition, the Ducks won the draw control battle, 15-8, and committed 16 turnovers to Cincinnati's 25.
The Ducks will continue their seven-match homestand to start the year on Saturday (March 2) against High Point. Match time from Papé Field is slated for 5 p.m.