EUGENE, Ore.- Fresh off the program's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season title, the University of Oregon lacrosse team (12-4, 7-0 MPSF) heads to Stanford in search of the Ducks' first tournament title, beginning with California (8-7, 4-3 MPSF) on Apr. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Cagan Stadium.
The winner of No. 1 Oregon and No. 4 Cal faces the winner of No. 2 Denver and No. 3 Stanford, who play at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
UO clinched the regular-season title with a 13-8 victory over Denver last Saturday at Pape' Field behind a season-high four goals from senior Kristina Barrett, earning Oregon the right to host next year's MPSF Tournament at their new field. The loss was only Denver's second of the season, breaking a 12-match win streak, since a season-opening loss to Johns Hopkins.
The seven MPSF wins that UO accumulated this season marked a program-high for the Ducks as Oregon finished the season unbeaten at home for only the second time in school history. Head coach Jen Larsen-Beck's squad heads into the tournament riding a seven-match win streak, including a five-match win streak in MPSF matches. In Oregon's last 10 matches, Larsen-Beck has her squad sitting at a 9-1 mark, with the only loss coming in a non-conference match.
The Ducks are one game above .500 in MPSF tournament matches at 8-7, with UO's best showing coming last season as Oregon was edged in the championship match by Stanford, 12-10.
Senior Jana Drummond and sophomore Nikki Puszcz will be looked to to propel UO into another finals showdown as they lead the Ducks with 31 goals each on the season. Barrett has been using a watchful eye to find her teammates after defenses have been targeting her, allowing her to lead Oregon with 21 assists. Sophomore Shannon Propst is not far behind Barrett with 18 assists.
In all, UO has eight that have already eclipsed double digits in the points column, including 40 plus point tallies by Barrett (49), Puszcz (47) and Propst (46).
In goal, sophomore Caroline Federighi has been having an outstanding season for the Ducks. Federighi has recorded a. 8.94 GAA while adding a .511 save percentage into the mix with 114 saves. The Pleasanton,Calif. native, who has a 12-3 record this season, is ranked seventh in the NCAA in save percentage and 12th in GAA.
For their play on the field, the MPSF has awarded four Ducks MPSF Player of the Week in consecutive weeks. The four POTWs are the most that UO has had a single season, breaking the previous mark of three (2008, 2009, 2012). No other team in the league has had more than two receive the honor this season. Federighi is this week's honoree joining Propst (Apr. 2), Drummond (Apr. 9) and Barrett (Apr. 16).
Cal, who lost the regular-season meeting to Oregon, 10-9, at Pape' Field, ended the regular season with a 9-8 loss to Stanford at Witter Rugby Field on April 20. The Golden Bears, who lost their top player Megan Takacs to a knee injury, are led by junior attacker Alexa Rozelle's career-high 35 goals and senior midfielder Vail Horn's 23 goals.
In net, sophomore goalkeeper Megan McGinnis has compiled a10.70 goals-against average, which ranks 30th in the nation, and is 8-7 in 15 starts.
Fans can head to www.GoDucks.com for live stats of the match between the Ducks and Bears while plans are still in motion to provide a web stream, as well.
The winner of the MPSF Tournament hosts the NCAA play-in match on May 5 at 1 p.m.
NEWS AND NOTES
Fans can keep up with the Ducks all season long on their official twitter account (@OregonWLAX) and on facebook (@OregonLacrosse). Additionally fans can follow the MPSF (@MPSF_WLaxChamps) for updates from throughout the tournament.
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 sheet is Shannon Propst. In UO's 16 matches, Propst is the only Duck that has tallied a point in every match.
Top of the List
Jana Drummond and Nikki Puszcz lead the team in goals tallied on the season with 31 each. Drummond has climbed to the top of the goals scored list, recording 144 goals in her career, passing Ilsa van den Berg, who had 139 from 2006-09.
Jana Drummond is fourth all-time in points scored with 176 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 163, recently moved into fifth place.
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 114 saves in goal for Oregon, with her numbers she has climbed into third all-time with 201 career saves, nestled behind Salliebeth Finnegan, who is second all-time with 207. Nationally, Federighi is ranked in the top 50 in goals against average (10), saves (28), saves per match (50) and save percentage (7).
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 58, while her sister, Jess, is close behind with 53.
Sharing Is Caring
Current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby holds numerous records for the Ducks, but Kristina Barrett (74) recently passed Derby on the assists list and has moved into second place. Barrett needs one more assist 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 43 draw controls while Nikki Puszcz has recorded 26. Drummond ranks second all-time with 142 draw controls, while Jess Drummond is on her heels in fourth with 126.
From the Ground Up
Caroline Federighi, Erika McCool and Jess Drummond lead the Ducks in groundballs with 24 this season, but Jana Drummond is fifth all-time with 94. Je. Drummond is right behind her with 92 and Colleen Taggart is not far from joining their company as she has 82 in her career.