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Ducks Strike Early, Cardinal Rally Late in MPSF Final
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 05/01/2011
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MORAGA, Calif. – Oregon got off to a hot start in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game against No. 6 Stanford, but a big second half lifted the Cardinal past the Ducks, 12-10, on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Breiner was one of four Ducks (8-9) to register three points. The senior finished with one goal and two assists to tie the school record with 64 points this season and concludes her career with 181 points (third most in school history).

Bina Barrett , Jess Drummond and Shannon Propst each contributed three points of their own to the Oregon attack. Barrett tallied two goals and an assist while Drummond and Propst each recorded hat tricks for the afternoon.

Oregon opened the game with a huge surge, scoring the first seven goals of the afternoon and forcing Stanford to burn a timeout to regroup. Barrett started the onslaught with an unassisted tally 2:38 into the contest, an assist on Drummond’s first goal at 3:16 and another goal of her own eight seconds later to make it 3-0.

The score remained 3-0 until Propst and Drummond scored 14 seconds apart to put UO up by five at the 6:24 mark. Propst then fired home a Breiner feed to expand the lead with less than 20 minutes left in the opening frame. Drummond capped the game-opening surge with a free position goal at the 14:32 mark to give Oregon its largest lead of the day.

The Cardinal responded with the next four goals to cut the deficit to three, a run that was capped by Catherine Swanson’s goal with 2:10 remaining. Jana Drummond quelled the run nine seconds later to make it an 8-4 game at halftime.

Stanford continued its comeback bid and pulled back to within three on a Karen Nesbitt goal 4:56 into the second half. After Sarah Flynn cut the deficit to 8-6 1:39 later, Breiner made it a 9-6 game with her 38th tally of the year 51 seconds later.

From there, the Cardinal scored three unanswered goals to tie the contest at nine apiece with 12:44 expired in the final period. Propst completed her hat trick by cashing in on a Colleen Taggart feed to give the Ducks the lead once again with 11:16 remaining in the contest. However, Stanford evened the score at 10-10 38 seconds later and then went ahead for good on goals by Leslie Foard and Flynn with just over five minutes left to cap the scoring.

Stanford outshot Oregon, 41-20, on the afternoon and held a 13-7 advantage in ground balls. Oregon did win 13 of 24 draw controls.

Caroline Federighi earned the start for the second consecutive contest and made a season-high 15 saves on 27 shots. She was placed on the All-MPSF Tournament team along with Breiner and Jess Drummond .

Oregon concludes the 2011 season having made its deepest run in the MPSF Tournament in school history, getting within a game of its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
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