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EUGENE – After a brief stint at home, the Oregon lacrosse team begins its biggest road trip of the year next week.

The Ducks (3-3) head out on the East Coast for four games in a seven-day span starting on Monday. UO heads to Iona on Monday (2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific), No. 18 Dartmouth on Wednesday (Noon/9 a.m.), Vermont on Friday (3 p.m./Noon) and No. 17 Albany on Sunday (Noon/9 a.m.).

These four games wrap up Oregon’s non-conference slate and are part of a six-game road trip for the Ducks. UO dropped its last contest to No. 18 William and Mary, 12-8, at Pape’ Field last Friday. Jess Drummond led the Ducks with four goals in the contest, which was tied at five apiece in the second half. The Ducks are currently second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 9.51 goals against average and third in scoring at 13.50 goals per game.

Iona is off to a 2-4 start to the season and average 10.83 goals per game while sporting a 13.33 goals against average. Caitlyn Collins leads the Gaels with 13 assists and 22 points while Nina Veneziale paces Iona with 14 goals.

Dartmouth opened the year ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association poll and check into play this week ranked 18th. The Big Green average 8.75 goals per game and have a 7.00 goals against average (sixth in the nation). Greta Meyer leads Dartmouth with 14 points on 10 goals and four assists and goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello is fourth in the nation with a .541 save percentage.

Vermont has won three of its past four games to improve to 3-4 on the season. The Catamounts have three players who have scored 10 or more goals in Sydney Mas (18), Samantha Stern (11) and Kelly Emma (10). Vermont has tallied and allowed 85 goals this year.

Albany leads the nation with a 5.20 goals against average and is seventh in scoring at 15.80 goals per game. The Great Danes are a perfect 5-0 entering play this week and are led offensively by Taylor Frink’s 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists). Freshman goalkeeper Anna Berman leads all NCAA keepers with a 5.63 goals against average.

This will be Oregon’s first meetings with Dartmouth and Albany. UO defeated Iona, 15-11, in Eugene last season and is a perfect 4-0 all-time against Vermont.

Live stats will be provided for the games at Iona and Dartmouth. A live video feed will be provided for subscribers for the Dartmouth and Vermont contests. Complete results and a recap will be available on GoDucks.com following each game.

News and Notes:

Follow the Leader – Bina Barrett ’s hot start to the season has sitting on the national leader board. With 26 points in six games, Barrett is 24th nationally with 4.33 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 diverse attack that has scored 11 or more goals on five occasions this season. A quick look at Oregon’s statistics shows five players with eight goals or more and five players with at least 12 points, led by Barrett’s 26. Alex Breiner checks in with 19 points, Jana Drummond has 18 points and Jess Drummond and Nikki Puszcz have 12 apiece.

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 third with 18 points. Drummond has four multi-goal games in six outings this season and six in her last nine games dating back to last season. The Nashua, N.H., native has tallied 11 goals and 13 points in her last four games and currently ranks fourth in school history with 93 career goals.

Moving Up – Alex Breiner ’s hot streak (17 points in the last four games) has moved her up UO’s career scoring list. Breiner is now fourth in school history with 136 points while ranking fifth with 91 career goals and 45. Her point total is 12 behind Theresa Waldon’s third-place total of 148 points.

Friendly Competition – Oregon has been getting a good look at both of its goalkeepers in game conditions during its first six games. Sophomore Salliebeth Finnegan , last season’s starter who ranks second on UO’s career list with 150 saves, has started all six contests 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 8.52 goals against average and a .455 save percentage and Federighi has a 10.35 goals against average and .477 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 nine goals and 10 assists for 19 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.