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EUGENE – A ranked foe awaits the Oregon lacrosse program as it returns home from its brief road trip.

The Ducks (3-2, 1-0 Mountain Pacific) host No. 18 William & Mary at Pape’ Field on Friday. The game starts at 5 p.m. This will be Oregon’s only home contest in March.

Oregon split its road swing at Louisville and Cincinnati last weekend. The Ducks fell to the Cardinals, 15-13, despite a valiant comeback attempt and drubbed the Bearcats, 16-5, to cap the trip. Senior Alex Breiner led the Oregon attack with 10 points on four goals and six assists in the two games while junior Jana Drummond led UO with eight goals. Through five games, Oregon is averaging 14.6 goals per contest and has a 9.02 goals against average.

William & Mary is 2-1 and riding a two-game winning streak. The Tribe dropped their lone road game of the season at No. 4 Duke, 14-11. W&M has three players with 12 or more points, led by Grace Golden’s 16 on 15 goals and an assist. Maggie Anderson (11 goals, one assist) and Ashley Holofoener (five goals, seven assists) round out the Tribe attack with 12 points apiece. William & Mary averages 14.67 goals per game and has a 12.67 goals against average.

UO dropped its only meeting against W&M last season, 15-11, in Williamsburg, Va.

Friday’s contest will be streamed to O-Zone subscribers and live stats will be available free of charge. Complete results and a recap will be provided courtesy of GoDucks.com following the game.

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News and Notes:

Follow the Leader – Bina Barrett’s hot start to the season has sitting on the national leader board. With 22 points in five games, Barrett is tied for 27th nationally with 4.40 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.

Balanced Attack – Oregon’s offense has featured multiple weapons to form a dangerous attack that is tied for 14th nationally with 14.60 goals per game. A quick look at Oregon’s statistics shows five players with eight goals or more and four players at least 12 points, led by Barrett’s 22. Jana Drummond has 17 points, Alex Breiner checks in with 16 and freshman Nikki Puszcz has 12.

Not to be Outdone – Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is off to a strong start in her own right, leading the team with 16 goals and ranking second with 17 points. Drummond has four multi-goal games in five outings this season and six in her last eight games dating back to last season. The Nashua, N.H., native has tallied 11 goals and 12 points in her last three games and currently ranks fourth in school history with 93 career goals.

Moving Up – Alex Breiner’s hot streak (12 points in the last three games) has her in position to move up a couple UO scoring lists. Breiner ranks fifth in school history with 90 career goals, 43 career assists and 133 career points. Her point total is only two behind Jana Bradley’s fourth-place total of 135 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 144 saves, has started 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 9.02 goals against average and a .459 save percentage. Finnegan sports an 8.69 goals against average and a .424 save percentage and Federighi has a 9.26 goals against average and .481 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 four games this season, the senior has tallied eight goals and eight assists for 16 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.