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Lacrosse Heads to Denver for Final MPSF Tuneup
Release Date: 04/19/2011
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EUGENE – One more regular season test is on tap for the Oregon lacrosse team as it travels to Denver on Saturday in its final contest before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.

Saturday’s contest begins at 1 p.m. MT (noon PT).

Oregon (7-7, 4-1 MPSF) enters the final regular season weekend tied with Denver for second place in the MPSF standings. The teams are slated to play each other again in the MPSF Tournament semifinals on April 29 in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 seed game.

The Ducks punched their ticket to the conference tournament after splitting a pair of home contests over the weekend. After suffering their first league loss against No. 7 Stanford, 18-13, last Friday, Oregon rebounded in a big way with a 19-7 win over UC Davis on Sunday. Alex Breiner poured in 12 points over the weekend and leads the team with a career-high 54 points this season. The Ducks are second in the league in goals against average (10.22) and third in the MPSF in scoring (12.71 goals per game).

Denver sports a 6-10 overall record for the year, but is also second in the MPSF standings at 4-1. The Pioneers are led by reigning MPSF Player of the Week Kara Secora, who ranks third in the MPSF in scoring average at 4.44 points per game. DU is tied for fourth in the league in scoring (10.81 goals per game) and ranks fifth in goals against average (11.79).

Live stats and video will be available courtesy of Denver Athletics. Results and a recap of Saturday’s action will be posted on following the game.

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 six players with 11 goals or more and eight players with at least 10 points, led by Alex Breiner ’s 54. Bina Barrett is second on the team with 47 points, Jana Drummond has 39 points, Jess Drummond has 30 points, Nikki Puszcz has tallied 25 points, Shannon Propst has 22, Maggie Kovacs has chipped in 14 points and Ashley Inman has 10.

Moving Up – Alex Breiner ’s hot streak (44 points in the last 10 games) has moved her up UO’s career scoring list. Breiner is now third in school history with 171 career points. Over her career, the Alexandria, Va., native has tallied 114 goals (third in school history) and 57 assists (tied for second).

Not to be Outdone – Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is doing some climbing of her own on the UO career charts. The junior is second on the team with 31 goals and ranking third with 39 points. 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 108 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 188 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 10.22 goals against average and a .440 save percentage. Finnegan is second in the MPSF in goals against average (10.03) and third in save percentage (.439). Federighi is second in the MPSF with a .440 save percentage and ranks third in the league with a 10.42 goals against average.

Hold ‘em Down – Oregon has been most successful when its defense has been on its game. The Ducks are 5-1 this season when they allow fewer than 10 goals, but only 2-6 when their opponent reaches double figure goals.

Playing it Close – While the Ducks have split their first 14 games of the season, Oregon has found itself just shy of notching some marquee wins. Of the Ducks’ seven losses, five have come been one or two-goal differences, including one overtime setback. Six of UO’s defeats have come against teams that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time. The Ducks were tied at halftime in four of those losses and held second-half leads in two of those setbacks.

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.

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