DAVIDSON, N.C.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team sailed past Davidson College, 8-4, Tuesday night at the Richardson Stadium in Davidson, N.C. behind a career-high three goals from sophomore Shannon Propst.
The Duck defense held together for the duration of the match to secure the victory for Oregon (6-4) and made the offense's job an easy task.
Senior Kristina Barrett got the offense moving after she tallied goal number 14 on the season at the 27:11 mark in the first half after having to reset off a wide shot by Propst.
Propst followed back up with her 14th goal of the season following a near-goal that sophomore Nikki Puszcz just missed by the ball bouncing off the post to give the Ducks a 2-0 advantage.
Propst manufactured Oregon's next two goals with the last coming at the 9:54 hash before the Wildcats (4-6) had to call a timeout to regroup as the Ducks held a 4-0 lead.
Out of the timeout, Barrett won the draw control and Davidson committed two straight fouls and on the second foul set up a free position shot that allowed Puszcz to nail her team-leading 18th goal of the season.
With a 1:37 left in the first stanza, senior Colleen Taggart forced Mary Leonard to cough up the ball allowing sophomore Caroline Federighi to get the groundball pick up. The Ducks got back in their offensive set and with two seconds left, Propst found Dom Christiansen to record her fourth goal of the season, giving Oregon a 6-0 halftime lead.
With a nice cushion, head coach Jen Larsen Beck made a goalkeeping switch to start the second half, bringing in junior Salliebeth Finnegan so that she could accumulate some quality minutes in goal for the Ducks.
UO did not waste any time as the second half began as Propst once again set up another teammate, except this time it was freshman Casey Brogan, who tallied her first goal in a Duck uniform at the 29:11 minute mark, giving Oregon a 7-0 lead.
The Ducks gave the Wildcats a little bit of hope as Ann Fucigna and Mary Leonard combined to record the first goals of the match for Davidson, moving the match to 7-2.
But after a wide shot by Erin Keitel, Oregon came back down the field and got one of the goals back as junior Kate Cathell got Jessie Esteban on the score sheet for her sixth goal of the season.
That was all the Ducks needed as the Wildcats did get two more goals from Fucigna, but it was not as Oregon took their fourth straight match over Davidson, 8-4.
Propst ended the match with a match-high five points due to her three goals and two assists.
Federighi (6-3) was credited with the win, not allowing a single goal while collecting three saves. Finnegan saved four and allowed all four Wildcat goals. Davidson goalie Jessica Melby (3-6) picked up the loss, but had a match-high eight saves.
The Ducks leave the state of North Carolina and head to Maryland, where they will take on Cincinnati at South River High School in Edgewater, Md. at 9 a.m. (PST) on Sunday (Apr. 1).
The Ducks picked up a season-high 18 groundballs...Oregon's defense caused a season-high 18 turnovers against the Wildcats...Davidson set Oregon opponent season lows in points (5), goals (4), assists (1) and shots (12)...Freshman Casey Brogan tallied the first goal of her Oregon career...Salliebeth Finnegan recorded a season-high four saves...Shannon Propst matched her season and career high total in goals with three...Propst previously notched three goals against Temple (Feb. 17) and this makes the fourth time in her career she has scored three goals.