The first and only lacrosse coach at Oregon, Jen Beck just completed her 12th season with the Ducks in 2016. Beck has been steadily building the program since her hiring two years prior to the inaugural season in 2005. Beck enters the 2015 season with a 109-87 career record and a 39-31 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).
2016: Beck led the Ducks to a 9-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in MPSF play in 2016. Oregon made its third consecutive MPSF Tournament appearance, falling in the quarterfinals to third-seeded Colorado. Under Beck’s watch, seniors Carly O’Connell (first team) and Ali Scharkey (second team), along with sophomore Cambi Cukar (first team) each had seasons worthy of MPSF all-conference honors. O’Connell recorded 40 points for the fourth time in her storied Oregon career, along with 19 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and a team-leading 31 draw controls. Cukar posted a new single-season assist record with 46 to lead the team in points with 54. Scharkey became the seventh player in school history to reach the 100 ground ball plateau in her final season. Beck also guided freshman Shannon Williams to an outstanding season in which the Bel Air, Md., native totaled 43 points (30g, 13 a), 12 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. Frequently prioritizing academics throughout her coaching career, Beck oversaw a program-record 15 Ducks land on the MPSF All-Academic Team for their efforts in the classroom in 2016.
2015: Oregon wrapped up the 2015 season 10-8 on the year with a 4-5 mark in MPSF play. Beck led the Ducks to their second-straight MPSF Tournament appearance and its 10th appearance in 11 years since the program began back in 2005. The Ducks were eliminated in the opening round of the conference tournament by Denver, 11-5. Oregon had two players honored by the conference in Carly O’Connell (first-team) and Jackie Moccia (second-team) for their performance on the field. O’Connell led the team once again in points (48) and draw controls (51) while Moccia led the team in groundballs (37). Beck also saw freshman Cambi Cukar blossom in the fast-paced Oregon offense playing behind the net. Cukar led the team with 36 assists and was second on the team with 45 points (9g, 36a). The freshman also led the team with 28 (5g, 23a) points in conference play. UO also had 11 players recognized on the MPSF All-Academic Team for their excellence off the field.
2014: Beck and the Ducks reached a few milestones in 2014. Beck notched her 100th victory at the helm when the Ducks defeated San Diego State 13-6, giving the UO lacrosse program its 100th as well. The Ducks finished fourth in MPSF play with a 6-3 mark and earned a spot in the MPSF Tournament. UO defeated USC 7-6 in a thrilling back-and-forth quarterfinal match that came down to final two minutes. The Ducks however would bow out in the semis to top-seeded Denver, 19-8. Sami Kiser and Nikki Puszcz were named to the MPSF All-Tournament team for their efforts. Shannon Propst broke the all-time records for assists (114) and points (219) while solidifying her place in UO lacrosse lore with top 10 finishes in all offensive categories as well. Like Propst, Puszcz also solidified herself in the history books, finishing fourth with 121 career goals to go along with several other offensive categories. In goal, Caroline Federighi rewrote the history books and broke her own records as well. Her .479 saves percentage and 9.02 goals against average were good for best all-time, while her 405 saves ranks second. Propst was the first Duck since 2012 to earn IWLCA All-Region honors, taking home second-team accolades. Propst and Alison Scharkey earned first-team all-conference honors while Federighi, Carly O’Connell and Puszcz earned second-team honors. The Ducks also excelled in the classroom with 11 Ducks earning MPSF All-Academic team recognition. Federighi became the program’s first Capital One Academic All-American after posting a 4.09 GPA, earning third-team honors, and also earned her second Capital One Academic All-District VIII award in the process.
2013: 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 Federighi and freshman O’Connell. All three were second team selections.
2012: The 2012 season was a special one for Beck and the Oregon lacrosse program. Beck led the Ducks to their first-ever MPSF regular season title after UO defeated Denver, 13-8, on April 21 at Pape’ Field. 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 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. 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 (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, 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.
2011: In 2011, 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.
2010: The 2010 Ducks finished fourth in the MPSF and placed four on All-MPSF teams, including three first team selections.
2009: 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.
2008: In 2008, the Ducks won a record 13 games and opened the year with their best start (6-1) in program history. 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.
2005-07: 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, 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, 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.
Personal: A native of Doylestown, Pa., 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, 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. Beck was a two-sport athlete at the University of Virginia, captaining both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. 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. 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. Beck and the Ducks are currently working toward developing lacrosse in the Northwest, hosting camps, clinics and tournaments throughout the year.