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EUGENE – It’s déjà vu all over again for the Oregon lacrosse team as it begins its run in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament this weekend.
Oregon’s (7-8, 4-2 MPSF) tournament run begins with its second meeting with Denver in six days as the teams square off in the MPSF Tournament semifinals on Friday in Moraga, Calif. The game begins at 4 p.m.
The Ducks dropped their regular season finale at Denver last Saturday, 14-9, to finish in third place in the league’s regular season standings at 4-2. Alex Breiner leads UO in points (57), goals (34) and is tied for the team lead in assists (23). The senior is third in the league in assists per game (1.64) and fourth in the MPSF in both goals (2.43) and points per game (4.07). Oregon finished the season with the second-best goals against average (10.47) in the MPSF and finished third in the league in scoring (12.47 goals per game).
Denver claimed the second seed in the tournament after defeating Oregon, 14-9, in the regular season finale last Saturday. The Pioneers finished the regular season with a 7-10 overall record, but second in the MPSF with a 5-1 league ledger. DU finished fourth in the league in scoring (11 goals per game) and fifth in goals against average (11.63). Kara Secora is the Pioneers’ go to scorer as she ranks second in the MPSF with 4.59 points per game and her overall total of 78 points tops all league players.
A win on Friday will pit Oregon against either California or No. 6 Stanford in the MPSF Tournament finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Ducks topped the Golden Bears, 16-14, on the road April 8 and fell to the then seventh-ranked Cardinal, 18-13, at home April 15.
Complete MPSF Tournament information is available courtesy of Saint Mary’s Athletics. Live stats will be provided for each tournament contest while final stats and a recap from each Oregon game will be provided by GoDucks.com.
News and Notes:
Oregon in the MPSF Tournament – The Ducks are 7-6 all-time in the MPSF Tournament. Friday will be Oregon’s fifth trip to the semifinals of the tournament. UO has dropped its previous four semifinal games, most recently in 2009 when it dropped a 10-9 decision against Cal.
Oregon vs. the Field – Oregon is 1-8 all-time against Denver and 0-2 against the Pioneers in the MPSF Tournament. The Ducks have a 5-6 record against California (3-1 in the MPSF Tournament) and a 1-7 mark against Stanford (0-1 in the MPSF Tournament).
Balanced Attack – Oregon’s offense has featured multiple weapons to form a diverse attack. A quick look at Oregon’s statistics shows six players with 11 goals or more and eight players with at least 10 points, led by Alex Breiner’s 57. Bina Barrett is second on the team with 48 points, Jana Drummond has 42 points, Jess Drummond has 32 points, Nikki Puszcz has tallied 25 points, Shannon Propst has 24, Maggie Kovacs has chipped in 14 points and Ashley Inman has 10.
Moving Up – Alex Breiner’s hot streak (47 points in the last 11 games) has moved her up UO’s career scoring list. Breiner is now third in school history with 174 career points. Over her career, the Alexandria, Va., native has tallied 116 goals (third in school history) and 58 assists (second). Her 57 points this season is the third highest single season total in UO history and only seven points shy of matching Ilsa van den Berg’s school record of 64.
Not to be Outdone – Junior midfielder Jana Drummond is doing some climbing of her own on the UO career charts. The junior is second on the team with 33 goals and ranking third with 42 points. The Nashua, N.H., native has tallied six goals and 10 points in her last three games and is currently fifth in school history with 110 career goals.
Friendly Competition – Oregon has been getting a good look at both of its goalkeepers in game conditions this season. Sophomore Salliebeth Finnegan, last season’s starter who ranks second on UO’s career list with 188 saves, started the first nine contests while newcomer Caroline Federighi started the past two games against and has been in the crease during the second half of the first nine tilts. The tandem has posted a combined 10.47 goals against average and a .434 save percentage. Finnegan is second in the MPSF in goals against average (10.55) and third in save percentage (.420). Federighi is second in the MPSF with a .447 save percentage and a 10.38 goals against average.
Hold ‘em Down – Oregon has been most successful when its defense has been on its game. The Ducks are 5-1 this season when they allow fewer than 10 goals, but only 2-7 when their opponent reaches double figure goals.
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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