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EUGENE – A pair of road victories has the Oregon lacrosse team in the thick of the conference race heading into a crucial home weekend.

The Ducks (6-6, 3-0) host No. 7 Stanford and UC Davis at Pape’ Field on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday’s clash with the Cardinal starts at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s showdown with the Aggies begins at 1 p.m.

With three games left in the regular season, Oregon and Stanford are the only two teams with an undefeated record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Ducks moved to 3-0 in league play after defeating both California and Saint Mary’s on the road last weekend. UO scored 32 goals in the two wins, netting 16 in each game. The Ducks are second in the MPSF with a 9.84 goals against average and are third in the league in scoring at 12.17 goals per game. Alex Breiner and Bina Barrett rank fourth and seventh in the league in scoring with 3.73 and 3.25 points per game, respectively.

Stanford sports a 12-1 overall record and holds a 4-0 mark in MPSF games. The Cardinal leads the MPSF in goals against average (9.38) and is second in the league and third nationally in scoring (16 goals per game). Sarah Flynn leads the Cardinal with 43 points (38 goals, five assists) while Leslie Foard (40 points) and Lauren Schmidt (32 points) help balance their attack.

UC Davis is 10-3 overall and is fighting for a spot in the MPSF tournament with a 2-2 league ledger. The Aggies boast the nation’s top offense (16.69 goals per game). UC Davis is also third in the MPSF with a 10.15 goals against average. Five Aggies’ players have tallied 37 or more points this season, led by Gina Hoffmire’s 65 (fifth in the nation). Christina Corsa is tied for sixth nationally with 58 points, Elizabeth Datino has 44 points on the year and Hanna Mirza and Anna Geissbuhler are tied with 37 points.

Live stats will be available for both games this weekend and a live webcast will be provided for O-Zone subscribers. Results and a recap will be on GoDucks.com following each game.

Promotions:
Friday’s contest against Stanford is University Day, Faculty Appreciation Day and Alumni Discount Day at Pape’ Field. UO alums who show their UO Alumni Association card get in for $2 admission. All students in attendance get free pizza and all faculty can enter into a drawing to win a prize. Sunday is Senior Day as UO will honor seniors Anna Swicklik and Alex Breiner before the game. It is also Bi-Mart Family Day as two adults and any number of children accompanying them can get in for $10. Fans who wear their lacrosse team jersey on Sunday get free admission to the game and there will be a post game meet and greet with the team following the contest against UC Davis.

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 14 goals or more and seven players with at least 10 points, led by Alex Breiner ’s 42. Bina Barrett is second on the team with 39 points, Jana Drummond has 32 points, Jess Drummond has 23 points, Nikki Puszcz has tallied 20 points, Shannon Propst has 17 and Maggie Kovacs has chipped in 12 points.

Moving Up – Alex Breiner ’s hot streak (32 points in the last eight games) has moved her up UO’s career scoring list. Breiner is now third in school history with 159 career points. Over her career, the Alexandria, Va., native has tallied 108 goals (fourth in school history) and 51 assists (fourth) She is three goals shy of tying Jana Bradley and three assists away from tying Ilsa van den Berg for third on both lists.

Not to be Outdone –
Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is doing some climbing of her own on the UO  to a strong start in her own right, leading the team with 27 goals and ranking third with 32 points. Drummond has eight multi-goal games in 12 outings this season. The Nashua, N.H., native has tallied 11 goals and 13 points in her last four games and is currently fifth in school history with 104 career goals.

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 173 saves, started the first nine contests while newcomer Caroline Federighi started the past two games against and has been in the crease during the second half of the first nine tilts. The tandem has posted a combined 9.84 goals against average and a .441 save percentage. Federighi is second in the MPSF with a 9.39 goals against average and ranks third in the league with a .443 save percentage. Finnegan is second in the MPSF in save percentage (.439) and third in goals against average (10.12).

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 Jen Larsen 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.