DUCKS FINISH 2013 SLATE IN DENVER
Oregon (8-8, 3-4) travels to No. 11 Denver (15-1, 7-0) on Friday evening (April 26) for its final game of the 2013 season. The Ducks have won 3-of-4 overall and sit in a fifth-place tie in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Denver, meanwhile, has won 13-straight games and hasn’t lost a game since late-February.
ALL-TIME: OREGON VS. DENVER
Denver leads the all-time series (8-3) over the Ducks but Oregon has won two-straight over the Pioneers. In the last game between the two schools (April 21, 2012), Oregon emerged with a 13-8 victory in Eugene to conclude the 2012 MPSF season with a perfect 7-0 record and regular season championship. The Ducks’ only win over the Pioneers in Denver, Colo., came in 2009, when Oregon defeated the Pioneers, 11-9.
DUCKS STILL HAVE MUCH TO PLAY FOR FRIDAY
Oregon will miss the 2013 MPSF Tournament in early May due to the various tiebreaker scenarios, but the Ducks still have plenty to play for on the final day of the regular season. With a win, Oregon can clinch its second-straight winning season and the first consecutive winning seasons since having four-straight winning campaigns from 2006-09. Next, a win guarantees the Ducks at least a fifth-place finish in the conference, although if San Diego State tops USC on Saturday night, a three-way tie for fourth place between the Ducks, Aztecs and Trojans would occur. Additionally, Oregon can become the first MPSF team to beat Denver this season; the Ducks’ win over the Pioneers on April 21, 2012 was the last MPSF game Denver lost. Finally, a victory puts the Ducks at .500 in conference play (4-4) for the first time this year and it would mark the fourth consecutive season where Oregon finished .500 or better in the MPSF.
FEDERIGHI NAMED MPSF DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WOODLAND, Calif. — The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation named Oregon junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi its Defensive Player of the Week on Monday night (April 22).
It is the third-straight week where a Duck has received a conference player of the week award and fourth time overall this season. Last week, Shannon Propst was named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week.
Federighi earned the award after making 28 saves in two games at Stanford and UC Davis last week. Against Stanford (April 19), the Pleasanton, Calif., native saved a career-high 16 shots and finished the game with a .516 save percentage. For an encore, Federighi stopped 12 shots against UC Davis. In the two games, Federighi put together a .571 save percentage.
Federighi is a two-time All-MPSF Tournament selection and was named first team All-MPSF a season ago. Her 285 career saves ranks second all-time at Oregon and her 9.15 goals against average in 2012 was the best in school history.
Through 11 games this year, Federighi has 57 saves and holds an 8.57 goals against average.
Also nominated for the defensive award were California’s Megan McGinnis, Stanford’s Megan Lerner, Katie Wilbur of Fresno State, USC’s Liz Shaeffer and Denver’s Hannah Hook.
Federighi and the Ducks (8-8, 3-4 MPSF) wrap up the 2013 season on Friday evening at No. 11 Denver. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
PROPST SETS SINGLE SEASON POINTS RECORD
Junior attacker Shannon Propst recorded seven points in Sunday’s (April 21) win at UC Davis to give her 66 points for the year, the new single season points record at the University of Oregon. Propst’s points total moved her past Alex Breiner and Ilsa van den Berg, who each posted 64 points in 2011 and 2008, respectively. Propst has 27 goals and 39 assists this year; she is the team-leader in both categories. In addition, her 39 total assists rank 12th in the country.
PROPST CLOSING IN ON TWO MORE RECORDS
In addition to setting Oregon single season records in the total points (66) and assists (39) categories, Shannon Propst is closing in on setting two more single season records. She enters the Denver game with 4.12 points per game, which is .12 points ahead of Alex Breiner, who averaged 4.00 points per game in 2011, for the single season record. In addition, Propst sits comfortably ahead in the all-time single season assists per game category. Entering Friday, Propst is averaging 2.44 assists per game, which is .70 ahead of Alison Leiner’s 1.74 assists per game mark (2006) on the all-time Oregon charts.
PROPST CONTINUES TO CLIMB OREGON’S CAREER CHARTS
Junior Shannon Propst has set two single season school records in 2013 and is closing in on two more but she is also in the running to set career records by the time her lacrosse playing days come to an end in the spring of 2014. Propst enters the final day of the 2013 season with 146 career points, which is just 47 points behind Ilsa van den Berg (2006-09), who holds the school record with 193. In addition, Propst’s 70 career assists ranks third all-time. She is just nine assists from passing Kristina Barrett (78) for the school record. Finally, her 2.81 points per game and 1.35 assists per game averages are currently the best marks in Oregon history (a complete list of career category leaders is on page 3 of today’s game notes, while single season records and career averages are available in the lacrosse stats section on GoDucks.com).
PUSZCZ MOVES UP TO NINTH ON ALL-TIME POINTS, GOALS LISTS
Oregon junior midfielder Nikki Puszcz scored five goals last week at No. 15 Stanford and UC Davis to push her career goal total to 80 and move her past Kate Fleming (79) for ninth all-time. In addition, the five goals moved her career points total to 115, which ranks ninth in Oregon lacrosse history, three points ahead of 10th-place Lindsay Killian (112) and 20 points behind eighth-place Jana Bradley (135).
MORRISON ONE GROUND BALL SHY OF DRUMMOND
Senior defender Bridget Morrison scooped up one ground ball in Oregon’s 15-8 loss at No. 15 Stanford on April 19 to give her 97 for her career and move her within one of Jess Drummond, who picked up 98 ground balls during her four-year career (2009-12). Drummond and Morrison currently rank sixth and seventh, respectively, on Oregon’s all-time ground balls list. Friday’s game at No. 11 will be the final game of Morrison’s career. In her four years, Morrison has scored two goals, one of which came earlier this season against Vermont, picked up 97 ground balls, registered 37 draw controls and caused 51 turnovers.
SIX SENIORS CAP STELLAR CAREERS FRIDAY EVENING
Oregon’s early-evening match at No. 11 Denver will mark the final game for six Oregon seniors: Bridget Morrison, Kate Cathell, Ashley Inman, Dominique Christiansen, Salliebeth Finnegan and Maggie Kovacs. Morrison enters Friday’s game fourth on the team in ground balls (21) while Cathell’s 24 goals ranks in a tie for third. Cathell has seven multi-goal efforts this season as well. Morrison has appeared in every Oregon lacrosse game since 2010. Inman has scored 14 career goals, including three this season, and Finnegan’s 272 career saves rank third all-time. Kovacs has appeared in 52 career games and has scored 29 goals and handed out 13 assists. Christiansen has been with the Oregon lacrosse program since 2009. The fifth-year senior has played in 47 career matches, scoring 18 goals and posting 10 assists.
DUCKS PLAYING STRONG IN FINAL GAMES OF 2013 SEASON
Oregon has won 3-of-4 overall thanks to victories over Fresno State, Saint Mary’s and UC Davis. All three of the victories were in conference play and only the Saint Mary’s win came at home. The Ducks are 2-1 in MPSF road games this year. Their lone loss was to 15th-ranked Stanford. In Oregon’s last three games, they have averaged 17.3 goals per game.
WIN AT UC DAVIS MARKS THE 90TH IN OREGON LACROSSE HISTORY
The Ducks’ 15-8 trouncing of UC Davis on April 21 was the team’s eighth win of the season and it got them back to the .500 mark. Additionally, the win gave Oregon its 90th in school history. Entering Friday, the Ducks are 90-72 (.556) in their nine-year lacrosse history, averaging 10 wins per season.
OREGON TO HOST 2013 MPSF LACROSSE TOURNAMENT
The University of Oregon’s Papé Field will be the site of the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Lacrosse Tournament. The four-team tournament will be held on Thursday, May 2 and Saturday, May 4, with the semifinals being played at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 2 and the championship at 1 p.m. on May 4. Denver, Stanford and California have already clinched spots in the tournament. The final spot will be decided on Saturday night when San Diego State hosts USC at 7 p.m. in San Diego, Calif. If the Aztecs win, they will be the fourth seed in the tournament. If the Trojans win, they will be the No. 4 seed. Live stats and live video will be available at GoDucks.com. In addition, a tournament website has been set up in the lacrosse section of GoDucks.com. This will be the second time that Oregon has hosted the MPSF Tournament. The conference also held the event in Eugene in May 2006.
NATIONAL RANKINGS SUMMARY (THROUGH GAMES OF APRIL 21)
Oregon is ranked in the top-50 of nine individual and team national categories. Below is a summary of the nine categories.
Assists: Shannon Propst, 39 (12th)
Assists: Per Game Shannon Propst, 2.44 (14th)
Points: Shannon Propst, 66 (19th)
Points Per Game: Shannon Propst, 4.13 (24th)
Goals Against Average: Salliebeth Finnegan, 10.68 (49th)
Points: 271 (25th)
Caused Turnovers Per Game: 8.31 (32nd)
Scoring Defense: 10.19 (T-43rd)
Winning Percentage: .500 (T-50th)