The first and only lacrosse coach at Oregon, Jen Larsen Beck just completed her ninth season with the Ducks in 2013. Larsen Beck has been steadily building the program since her hiring two years prior to the inaugural season in 2005.
Larsen Beck enters the 2013 offseason with a 90-73 career record and a 41-30 record against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schools.
Oregon finished the 2013 season 8-9 overall, winning three out of its final five matches of the year. The 2013 Ducks produced three all-conference selections, including junior Shannon Propst, junior Caroline Federighi and freshman Carly O'Connell. All three were second team selections.
The 2012 season was a special one for Larsen Beck and the Oregon lacrosse program. Larsen Beck led the Ducks to their first-ever MPSF regular season title after UO defeated Denver, 13-8, on April 21 at Pape’ Field. Larsen Beck followed up that accomplishment by leading the Ducks to the program’s first MPSF tournament title, defeating California, 14-11, in the semifinals and Stanford, 13-10 in the championship match. It marked the first time in program history that Oregon defeated Stanford twice in a single season. In Larsen Beck’s eighth season at the helm, the Ducks recorded a program-best 14 victories against a program-low five losses. UO’s seven MPSF victories were also a school record and the team finished unbeaten at home for just the second time in school history. Larsen Beck capped off the 2012 campaign by guiding the Ducks to their first postseason appearance in program history. On May 5, they fell to Navy, 10-9, in the NCAA Play-In Match.
A single-season record four players (Shannon Propst, Jana Drummond, Kristina Barrett, Caroline Federighi) garnered MPSF Player of the Week accolades in consecutive weeks in 2012. The 2012 Ducks broke 14 additional school records, eight were selected to the All-MPSF squad, four were picked to the MPSF All-Tournament team and Federighi was named the MPSF Tournament Most Valuable Player.
In the classroom, Larsen Beck saw 11 of her Ducks named to the MPSF All-Academic List and Federighi nabbed CoSIDA All-District honors. Federighi had the highest GPA on among all members selected to the All-Academic List.
In 2011, Larsen Beck led Oregon to the MPSF championship match, where they eventual fell to Stanford, 12-10. Six Ducks were named to the All-MPSF team and two (Alex Breiner and Jana Drummond) were first team All-MPSF picks.
The 2010 Ducks finished fourth in the MPSF and placed four on All-MPSF teams, including three first team selections.
Larsen Beck guided the Ducks to a breakout season in 2009, one that saw them finish in a second-place tie (a program-best at the time) with California and Denver. Oregon defeated powerhouse Denver for the first time in program history in 2009, dealing the Pioneers their first regular season MPSF loss in three seasons. The 2009 featured 14 freshman and four sophomores. One of those freshman, Jana Drummond, was named co-MPSF Newcomer of the Year. The 2009 Ducks won 10 out of their final 12 regular season matches to close the year.
In 2008, the Ducks won a record 13 games and opened the year with their best start (6-1) in program history. Larsen Beck’s 2008 senior-led squad set records in goals scored, shots and draw controls, while also spending six consecutive weeks in the top-20 of the Inside Lacrosse Women’s Media Poll. The Ducks climbed as high as No. 12 on March 17, 2008.
The 2008 team had three players receive IWLCA all-region honors, while three also made the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-conference team. In addition, senior Jen May received two All-American acknowledgements. The team also had a program-best 12 players make the MPSF all-academic team.
Larsen Beck has worked diligently to foster and develop the lacrosse program at the University of Oregon. After finishing 6-11 in the Ducks’ first year (2005), the team went 10-9 in 2006 and then put together a 12-7 effort and second place (4-1) standing in the MPSF in 2007. In 2008, Larsen Beck’s squad finished 13-7 and fourth in the MPSF.
The program gained considerable respect following 2007 after three players (Brooke Dieringer, Jen May and Alicia Burkhart) were named to the IWLCA Midwest/West All-Region second team. Over the last four years, Larsen Beck’s squads have earned two All-American nods, six IWLCA all-Region honors and 11 all-MPSF accolades. Off the field, Larsen’s student-athletes have garnered 32 all-conference academic accolades.
A native of Doylestown, Pa., Larsen Beck served as an assistant coach for three years at the University of North Carolina and was responsible for recruiting and defense before receiving her first head coaching job with the University of Oregon. In the last three years, she served as a volunteer assistant coach with the United States National Women’s Lacrosse Developmental Team and worked on the selection committee.
In her time with the Tar Heels, the program won an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and advanced to the 2002 NCAA Final Four.
Prior to her experience at North Carolina, Larsen Beck worked at Duke University from 1998-2000 as an assistant coach and camp director for the field hockey program. She worked at Georgetown from 1996-1998 as an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach.
Larsen Beck was a two-sport athlete at the University of Virginia, captaining both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. Larsen Beck and her lacrosse teammates won the 1993 National Championship and finished National Runner-Up in 1996. In field hockey, the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1995. Larsen Beck was named second team Regional All-American in 1994 and 1995. She graduated from Virginia in 1996 with a degree in psychology.
Oregon was the first NCAA Division I school to sponsor lacrosse on an intercollegiate basis in the Northwest. Oregon joined California and Stanford as the only schools in the Pacific-12 Conference to offer women’s lacrosse.
Larsen Beck and the Ducks are currently working toward developing lacrosse in the Northwest, hosting camps, clinics and tournaments throughout the year.