EUGENE, Ore. -- The first-ever live lacrosse broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks went the way of the visiting USC Trojans on Thursday evening at a soggy Pape Field.
For USC, the 12-10 win improved its record to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. Oregon fell to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Trojans' win came in spite of an inspired five-goal effort from Oregon junior Hayley Milner. Milner's goal total matched her career-high which she set last week at Connecticut. She has averaged four goals per game over the last three contests.
USC hopped out to a 3-1 lead thanks to consecutive goals scored by Caroline Cordrey and Paige Bonomi when the game was knotted at one. But Oregon responded with a 2-0 run of its own. First, freshman Carly O'Connell grabbed a pass from Shannon Propst and shot the ball past Trojan keeper Liz Shaeffer for her 12th goal of the season. Then, Milner scored her second goal of the game thanks to another assist by Propst.
Propst's first two assists were her 20th and 21st of the season. The second assist gave her 52 for her career and moved her past Alison Leiner (51) for sixth place on Oregon's all-time assist chart.
At the 15:50 mark, the Ducks grabbed their first lead of the game courtesy of an unassisted goal by Olivia Pyne. But back-to-back goals by Caroline de Lyra and a free position goal by Amanda Johansen sparked a 3-0 USC run to put the Trojans up 6-4.
But the seesaw battle continued. With 7:54 left in the half, Devon Frazer scored her ninth goal of the season to make it a 6-5 game and Casey Brogan tied things up with her fourth tally of the year with 3:06 to play.
However, USC carried a 7-6 advantage into the break after Cordrey was able to capitalize on an Oregon foul and bury a shot into the goal with 40 seconds to go.
The Ducks came out firing in the second half. Milner scored back-to-back goals to put her team back up, 8-7, with 22:17 to go.
Over the last 22 minutes of the game, though, USC out-scored the Ducks 5-2. Milner's goal with 22:17 on the clock marked Oregon's final lead of the game.
Cordrey's third goal of the night tied the score at eight with 21:25 left and Bonomi put home an unassisted goal with 20:30 remaining to put the Trojans up (9-8). Then, Cordrey scored her fourth goal with 18:11 left to give USC a 10-8 edge.
Oregon battled back to tie the game at 10 with 11:27 to go thanks to a goal at the 16:48 mark by Sami Kiser off of Propst's third assist of the day and a free position goal by Milner, her fifth of the night.
Then, Haleigh Dalmass put the Trojans up for good, 11-10, at the 10:39 mark. De Lyra added an insurance goal with 1:51 left to put the game out of reach.
Milner's five goals paced the Ducks. Pyne, Kiser, Brogan, O'Connell and Frazer were responsible for Oregon's five other tallies. Propst finished the game with three assists, Nikki Puszcz had a team-high three draw controls and goalie Caroline Federighi made five saves and caused two turnovers in 42:18 of action.
USC won the draw control battle, 13-11, and out-shot the Ducks, 20-19. Both teams took care of the ball; USC had six turnovers and the Ducks had just five. Both teams were perfect in clear attempts and USC had seven ground balls to Oregon's four.
Oregon is off until Sunday (April 7), when it hosts California at 12 p.m.