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EUGENE – With a week off spent preparing for the season’s final five games, the Oregon lacrosse team resumes conference play with road games at California and St. Mary’s this weekend.
The Ducks (4-6, 1-0 Mountain Pacific) clash with the Golden Bears on Friday and the Gaels on Sunday, both games begin at 1 p.m.
Oregon dropped the final three games of its road trip, all by two goals or less, against No. 18 Dartmouth, Vermont and No. 14 Albany. Alex Breiner paced the Ducks’ attack during the trip by recording 12 points on 11 goals and an assist. The senior has recorded three or more points in seven of her last eight games and ranks second on the team with 31 points (20 goals, 11 assists), trailing only Bina Barrett ’s 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists). Jana Drummond still leads all UO scorers with 25 goals this season. The Ducks are third in the MPSF in scoring at 11.40 goals per game and their 9.41 goals against average leads the league.
California brings an 8-5 overall and a 2-1 MPSF mark into play this week. Tara Arolla and Megan Takacs lead the Golden Bears’ offense with 37 and 35 points, respectively. California sits fourth in the MPSF in both scoring (10.31 goals per game) and goals against average (11.08).
Saint Mary’s is 2-8 overall this season and has a 1-3 record in MPSF action. The Gaels have dropped four-straight contests entering play this week. Mariah Walk and Jillian Chong are tied for the team lead with 24 points. SMC ranks sixth in the conference in both scoring (8.30 goals per game) and goals against average (14.51).
Live stats will be available for both contests this weekend and complete results and recaps from each game will be provided by GoDucks.com.
News and Notes:
Balanced Attack – Oregon’s offense has featured multiple weapons to form a diverse attack. A quick look at Oregon’s statistics shows five players with 10 goals or more and six players with at least 10 points, led by Barrett’s 34. Alex Breiner checks in with 31 points, Jana Drummond has 28 points, Jess Drummond has 19 points, Nikki Puszcz has tallied 14 points and Shannon Propst has poured in 10 points.
Not to be Outdone – Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is off to a strong start in her own right, leading the team with 25 goals and ranking third with 28 points. Drummond has four multi-goal games in six outings this season and six in her last nine games dating back to last season. The Nashua, N.H., native has tallied 11 goals and 13 points in her last four games and is currently tied with teammate Alex Breiner for fourth in school history with 102 career goals.
Moving Up – Alex Breiner ’s hot streak (21 points in the last six games) has moved her up UO’s career scoring list. Breiner is now tied with Theresa Waldon for third in school history with 148 career points. Over her career, the Alexandria, Va., native has tallied 102 goals (t-fourth in school history) and 46 assists (fifth).
Friendly Competition – Oregon has been getting a good look at both of its goalkeepers in game conditions this season. Sophomore Salliebeth Finnegan , last season’s starter who ranks second on UO’s career list with 165 saves, started the first nine contests while newcomer Caroline Federighi started the last game against Albany and has been in the crease during the second half of each tilt. The tandem has posted a combined 9.41 goals against average and a .454 save percentage. Federighi sports a 9.39 goals against average and a .468 save percentage while Finnegan carries a 9.43 goals against average and a .438 save percentage.
Climbing the Mountain (Pacific) – The Ducks have made progressive leaps up the MPSF standings over the last few years, finishing third place or higher in the conference three of the last four years, including second-place finishes in 2007 and 2009.
Oregon Under – The Ducks have been under the leadership of head coach Jen Larsen ever since the program started in 2005. After struggling to a 6-11 record in that first season, Larsen guided UO to four-straight winning seasons, including a program-best 13-7 mark in 2008. Oregon enters the 2011 season with a 60-50 overall record and is 17-16 in the MPSF while finishing .500 or better in the league in three of the past four seasons.
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