EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team heads to California for Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches with Stanford on Friday (Apr. 13) at 7 p.m. and Saint Mary's on Sunday (Apr. 15) at noon.
The Ducks (9-4, 4-0 MPSF), who swept matches against Fresno State, 21-4, and UC Davis, 16-13 in Eugene last weekend, are currently tied for first place in the MPSF with Denver heading into this weekend's key matches.
Oregon's 21 goals against the Bulldogs set a new season high for goals scored. Senior Jana Drummond accounted for 11 goals of those goals over the weekend and for her total of 12 points (11 G, 1A), Drummond was tabbed as the MPSF Player of the Week. UO is the only squad this season to earn consecutive POW honors as sophomore Shannon Propst won the weekly honor last week.
The Ducks currently have four players that have eclipsed the 30-point plateau with Propst leading the way with 23 goals and 15 assists, totaling for 38 points. Classmate Nikki Puszcz is second with 36 points from 25 goals and 11 assists. Senior Kristina Barrett and Drummond round out that group with 32 (19G, 13A) and 31 (23G, 8A) points, respectively.
Drummond also leads the way in groundballs (20), draw controls (34), shots (48) and caused turnovers (13).
In net, the Ducks have went with sophomore Caroline Federighi the majority of the time with junior Salliebeth Finnegan adding supplementary minutes. Federighi has 86 saves on the season and sports a .489 save percentage and 9.29 goals against average in 581:33 minutes of action. Her save percentage is 13th and GAA is ranked 16th in the NCAA among goalkeepers.
The Cardinal split last week as it opened MPSF play against Fresno State and Denver. Stanford knocked off Fresno State, before falling at Denver and at 1-1 is tied for third in the MPSF.
Stanford is led by seniors Anna Boeri, Emilie Boeri and Catherine Swanson. E. Boeri leads the team with 40 points on 25 goals and 15 assists. A. Boeri has contributed 18 goals and nine assists, both second best on the team. Swanson is third with 15 goals, but leads the Cardinal with 31 draw controls.
Lyndsey Munoz has made 102 saves already this year and is 14th in the nation with 9.27 saves per game.
For Saint Mary's, the Gaels last played nearly three weeks ago when it dropped a 10-8 decision to Central Connecticut State. Saint Mary's has wins this year against Long Island and Detroit Mercy. Saint Mary's faced San Diego State in San Diego on March 2 and the Aztecs came away with the 11-10 victory. The game was considered a non-conference game between SDSU and SMC.
Amanda Cross continues to lead the Gaels in scoring with 34 points, leading the team with 27 goals and seven assists. Mariah Walk is next on the team with 16 points with 12 goals and four assists. Caroline Mahony is second on the team with 14 goals while Krista Morgan's six assists is second on the team. Holly Hayes leads SMC with 18 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. In goal, Kathleen Worsdale leads the Gaels with 94 saves and a 15.39 goals allowed average.
Oregon has never lost to the Gaels, owning a 10-0 record all-time, but the Ducks have only been able to bite the Cardinal once, with Stanford leading the all-time series, 8-1.
NEWS AND NOTES
Make It Two
Consistency Is the Key
The Ducks have showed a unified effort in their matches this season. In matches, the one key person that has showed up on the Oregon stat line is Shannon Propst. In UO's 13 matches, Propst is the only Duck that has tallied a point in every match.
Finding the Groove
Nikki Puszcz may lead the team in goals tallied on the season with 25, but Jana Drummond is quietly moving up the goals scored top-five list. Drummond has 23 on the season, but has 136 for her career, good for second place all-time. She is now only three from tying Ilsa van den Berg, who is first with 139.
Jana Drummond is fourth all-time in points scored with 168 and as the season goes on, she will look to make huge movement in the points portion of the Oregon record book. Senior Kristina Barrett, who has 146, is only two points from breaking into the list to tie Theresa Waldron, who had 148 from 2005-08.
Last Line of Defense
As the last line of defense, Caroline Federighi has held her own in goal for the Ducks this season. Federighi has 86 saves in goal for Oregon, with her numbers she has climbed into third all-time with 173 career saves, nestled behind Salliebeth Finnegan, who is second all-time with 202. Nationally, Federighi is ranked in the top 50 in goals against average (16), saves (35) and save percentage (13). The leaders in three of those categories, Oregon has already faced.
Jess and Jana Drummond have had teams seeing double during their careers at Oregon. Jana Drummond is currently fifth all-time in caused turnovers with 55, while her sister, Jess, is close behind with 46.
Sharing Is Caring
Shannon Propst has a team-leading 15 assists, but Kristina Barrett (66) is in second place all-time. Barrett needs nine more assists to tie for first overall with Theresa Waldron (2005-08), who holds the record with 75.
Controlling the Momentum
Jana Drummond has been front and center to lead the Oregon offense from the draw, including a career-high seven against Cincinnati. She currently leads the team with 34 draw controls while Nikki Puszcz has recorded 21. Drummond ranks third all-time with 133 draw controls, while Jess Drummond is nipping at her heels in fourth with 124.
From the Ground Up
Jess Drummond and Erika McCool lead the Ducks in groundballs with 20 and 19, respectively this season. Drummond is fifth all-time with 88. Jana Drummond is right behind her with 87 and Colleen Taggart is not far from joining their company as she has 72 in her career.
Fans can keep up with the Ducks all season long on their official twitter account (@OregonWLAX) and on facebook (@OregonLacrosse).