EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team (6-4, 2-0 MPSF) treks to Edgewater, Md. to face Cincinnati (3-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) on Sunday, Apr. 1 at 9 a.m. (PST) at South River High School in Edgewater, Md.
The Bearcats were already in Maryland for a contest with Loyola where they fell, 16-7 on Friday. The Ducks travel into Maryland after splitting a pair of matches in North Carolina. UO lost to High Point, 13-10, on Mar. 25, but rebounded nicely to take care of Davidson, 8-4 on Mar. 27.
Oregon is being led by sophomore Shannon Propst. Propst has amassed 16 goals and 12 assists, for a team-leading 28 points. Sophomore Nikki Puszcz is second on the squad with 25 points (18 g, 7 a) and senior Kristina Barrett is third with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points.
The Bearcats are being paced by the 24 points from Katie Kiriazoglou (13 g, 11 a) and 22 from Laura Simanski (19 g, 3 a).
Jennifer Walsh has completed the majority of the minutes in goal for Cincy, recording a 14.79 GAA and .354 save percentage.
Oregon, who is 4-1 in their last five matches, has outscored their opponents 62-39 in their 4-1 stretch and held their opponents to single-digit lows in points, goals and assists.
The Ducks hold a 2-0 advantage in the series between the two schools, with UO defeating the Bearcats on Mar. 20, 2010, 14-8 and Mar. 6, 2011, 16-5.
NEWS AND NOTES
Consistency Is the Key
The Ducks have showed a unified effort in their matches in the young season. In matches, the one key person that has showed up on the Oregon stat line is Shannon Propst. In UO's 10 matches, Propst is the only Duck that has tallied a point in every match.
Finding the Groove
Nikki Puszcz may lead the team in goals tallied on the season with 18, but Jana Drummond is quietly moving up the goals scored top-five list. Drummond has eight on the season, but has 121 for her career, good for third place all-time. She is now only seven from tying current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby, who is second with 128.
Jana Drummond is fourth all-time in points scored with 152 and as the season goes on, she will look to make huge movement in the points portion of the Oregon record book.
Last Line of Defense
As the last line of defense, Caroline Federighi has held her own in goal for the Ducks this season. Federighi has 72 saves in goal for Oregon, with her numbers she has climbed into third all-time with 159 career saves, nestled behind Salliebeth Finnegan, who is second all-time with 199.
Jess and Jana Drummond have had teams seeing double during their careers at Oregon. Ja. Drummond is currently fifth all-time in caused turnovers with 50, while her sister, Jess, is close behind with 45.
Sharing Is Caring
Current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby holds numerous records for the Ducks, but Kristina Barrett (61) recently passed Derby on the assists list and has moved into a tie for second with Alex Breiner. Barrett needs 14 more assists to tie for first overall with Theresa Waldron (2005-08), who holds the record with 75.
Controlling the Momentum
Jana and Jess Drummond have been front and center to lead the Oregon offense from the draw. They currently lead the team with 15 and 20 draw controls, respectively, while Nikki Puszcz has recorded 17. Je. Drummond ranks third all-time with 121 draw controls, while Ja. Drummond is nipping at her heels in fourth with 119.
From the Ground Up
Caroline Federighi and Erika McCool lead the Ducks in groundballs with 15 this season, but Jana and Jess Drummond sit in fifth all-time with 79 groundballs. Colleen Taggart is not far from joining their company as she has 70 in her career.
Fans can keep up with the Ducks all season long on their official twitter account (@OregonWLAX) and on facebook (@OregonLacrosse).