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Early Pioneer Goals Nip Ducks, 14-9
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/23/2011
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DENVER – A battle for conference tournament seeding ended in favor of Denver as it handed the Oregon lacrosse team a 14-9 loss in Saturday’s regular season finale.

Alex Breiner and Jana Drummond each contributed three points on two goals and an assist while Jess Drummond (two goals) and Shannon Propst (one goal, one assist) chipped in two points of their own for the Ducks (7-8, 4-2 Mountain Pacific).

Things got off to an inauspicious start for the Ducks. The Pioneers scored the first three goals and recorded six of the first seven tallies to grab a 6-1 lead with only 8:10 expired.

Oregon fought back over the final 22 minutes of the half and tallied five of the next six goals to nearly pull even before the break. Jess Drummond made it a 6-2 game by firing home a Propst feed midway through the first half, though her tally was answered by DU’s Tully Stapp nearly two minutes later to put the Pioneers back up five.

Undeterred, Oregon finished the first half with four consecutive goals as Breiner made it 7-3 with an unassisted goal with 9:29 left in the first half and then set up Propst’s goal 2:17 later to cut the deficit to three. Breiner brought the Ducks within 7-5 by scoring on a Jana Drummond feed and Drummond tallied her second goal of the afternoon on a free position attempt with 2:10 remaining to make it 7-6, which is where the game stood at halftime.

The Ducks’ momentum was halted early in the second half as the Pioneers tallied four-straight goals in the first 9:43 to build their lead back up to 11-6. Bina Barrett brought Oregon within four goals with 19:17 left, but Stapp made it a five-goal lead again midway through the final period and the Ducks would not draw closer than four goals the rest of the way.

Denver outshot Oregon 32-27 for the afternoon and held a 14-11 advantage in draw controls. The Ducks did scoop 12 ground balls against only 10 for the Pioneers. Each team turned the ball over 14 times.

Salliebeth Finnegan got the starting nod in goal and allowed six goals in 12:03 in the crease. Caroline Federighi closed out the final 47:57 and stopped eight of 16 shots.

The Ducks finish the regular season third in the MPSF standings and will face Denver in the semifinals of the conference tournament on April 29.
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