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EUGENE – With it season-opening homestand in the books, the Oregon lacrosse team looks to continue its winning ways when it heads on the road this weekend.
The Ducks (2-1, 1-0 Mountain Pacific) travel east to face Louisville and Cincinnati on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s game at Louisville starts at 5 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Pacific) and Sunday’s tilt with Cincinnati begins at 11 a.m. Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific).
Oregon recorded a pair of decisive home victories over the weekend, dominating MPSF foe Fresno State, 18-5, and downing Jacksonville, 15-9, at Pape’ Field. Bina Barrett led the Ducks’ attack with 13 points on six goals and seven assists in the two wins. Alex Breiner tallied her first four goals of the year against Jacksonville on Sunday while Jess Drummond poured in four goals of her own against Fresno State on Friday. The Ducks have scored 44 goals (14.67 per game) and allowed only 26 (8.67 per game) in their first three games.
Louisville is off to a 2-0 start to the season after posting a 12-7 win over Old Dominion on Monday. The Cardinals are receiving votes in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. UL is led offensively by Bergan Foley’s 13 goals while Katie Oliverio has 11 points and paces the team with eight assists. In goal, Ashley Herbst has a 5.50 goals against average and has stopped 20 of the 31 shots she has faced for a .645 save percentage.
Cincinnati is 1-2 entering play this week with losses to Jacksonville (18-10) and High Point (15-7) and its victory against Davidson. Eight players have scored three goals or more this season with Katie Liberatore, Kylie Ramsland and Laura Simanski tied for the team lead with four goals apiece. Jen Walsh has logged all 180 minutes in goal for the Bearcats entering this week and sports a 14.33 goals against average with a .442 save percentage.
Both games will be available on gametracker, courtesy of Louisville and Cincinnati athletics. Results and recaps will be provided on GoDucks.com following both games.
News and Notes:
Follow the Leader – Bina Barrett’s hot start to the season has her near the top of the national leader board. With 18 points in three games, Barrett is tied for second nationally with six points per game. The Ducks’ junior scored a career-high five goals in the season opener against Hofstra and followed that up with a career-high seven points and four assists in their next game against Fresno State. The hot start puts her well on pace for a career-best scoring output, as she has recorded 31 points in each of her first two seasons.
Not to be Outdone – Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is off to a strong start in her own right, ranking second on the team with eight goals and nine points. Drummond has two multi-goal games in three outings this season and four in her last six games dating back to last season.
Moving Up – Alex Breiner resumed her climb up Oregon’s career scoring list in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. The senior scored her first four goals of the year to move into fourth on UO’s career list with 86 career goals, passing Lindsay Killian (84 goals). The Alexandria, Va., native also ranks fifth in school history with 37 career assists and 123 points.
Friendly Competition – Oregon has been getting a good look at both of its goalkeepers in game conditions during its first three games. Sophomore Salliebeth Finnegan, last season’s starter who ranks second on UO’s career list with 140 saves, has started and played the first half in all three games while newcomer Caroline Federighi has been in the crease during the second half of each contest. The tandem has posted a combined 8.39 goals against average and a .469 save percentage. Finnegan sports a 7.33 goals against average and a .476 save percentage and Federighi has a 9.38 goals against average and .464 save percentage.
Improved with Experience – If her progression over her first three years is any indication, senior midfielder Alex Breiner could be in for a monster 2011 season. The Alexandria, Va., native has increased her production across the board each season, tallying 22 goals and 27 points in 2008, 24 goals and 40 points in 2009 and a career-high 36 goals and 50 points in 2010. In two games this season, the senior has tallied four goals and two assists for six points.
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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