LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four-point efforts from Bina Barrett, Alex Breiner and Jana Drummond was not enough to keep the Oregon lacrosse team’s winning streak going as it fell to Louisville, 15-13, on Friday.
Drummond posted her second four-goal game of the season to move into fourth all-time in UO history with 89 career goals while Barrett and Breiner each posted two goals and two assists to lead the Ducks (2-2) offensively. UO also got three-point outings from Jess Drummond (three goals) and Nikki Puszcz (one goal and two assists). UL’s Liz Lovejoy led all players with five goals.
"After a slow start, I was proud of the tenacious play to rally back," head coach Jen Larsen said. "It was a hard fought game, but we fell short in the end."
Oregon drew first blood with Jana Drummond scoring her first of the day 4:54 into the game. Louisville answered with a tally from Sammy Allen 41 seconds later, but Breiner put the Ducks back ahead, 2-1, 1:25 after that.
The Cardinals responded with six-straight goals in the next 10:19 to take a 7-2 lead, their largest of the game, with 12:41 remaining in the first half. The Ducks chipped away at the deficit by scoring three-straight goals of their own on tallies by Puszcz, Jana Drummond and Barrett to make it 7-5 with 4:08 to go in the opening stanza. UL’s Jamie Redding capped the first-half scoring to give the Cardinals a three-goal advantage, 8-5, at the break.
Louisville extended its lead 11-7 less than five minutes into the second half, but then Oregon started to claw back into the contest. UO pulled within a goal with three-straight tallies from Jana Drummond, Barrett and Jess Drummond to make it an 11-10 game with 19:22 to play. Emily Dashiell gave Louisville a two-goal lead once again just over a minute later, but Jana Drummond’s fourth goal of the game made it 12-11 with 15:15 remaining.
After getting a defensive stop, Oregon had possession in the offensive end for nearly a minute, but was unable to come away with the tying goal. After keeping UO at bay defensively, UL’s Katie Oliverio and Lovejoy scored 47 seconds apart to put the Cardinals back up three with 10:20 remaining. Jess Drummond completed her hat trick to bring the Ducks back within 14-12 with 5:42 remaining, but the Cardinals responded with a goal of their own 37 seconds later to put the game away.
Maggie Kovacs tallied her first goal of the season with 42 seconds left to cap the scoring.
Salliebeth Finnegan suffered her first loss of the season after allowing the first five Louisville goals before ceding the net to Caroline Federighi 11:08 into the first half. The freshman turned aside 11 of 21 shots while logging the final 48:52 in the crease.
Oregon returns to action on Sunday when it faces Cincinnati at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET).