EUGENE, Ore.- Senior Jana Drummond hammered in six goals and the University of Oregon lacrosse team took over first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 16-13 victory over UC Davis on Sunday at Pape' Field.
Oregon broke the tie between themselves and Denver, but Denver has a match with San Diego State tomorrow at 2 p.m. that could tie the standings back up again.
The Ducks (9-4, 4-0 MPSF) scored three quick goals to open the first stanza of play before UC Davis's (5-7, 2-2 MPSF) Elizabeth Datino got the Aggies on the board to bring the match to 3-1.
Oregon traded goals back and forth with UC Davis before Hannah Mirza tied the match up at 5-5 off the dish from Anna Geissbuhler with a little over nine minutes to play in the half.
Four more ties happened in those final minutes before the match went into intermission tied at 9-9.
Ja. Drummond, who was Oregon's go to player for the match, started off the scoring for the Ducks in the second half, giving the lead back to UO after senior Kristina Barrett found her on the opening play.
But Datino passed the ball off to Mirza following the draw and Mirza tied the match up at 10-10 with only seven minutes elapsed in the second half.
The Aggies went on a 3-0 run behind goals from Datino, Mirza and Guercio to snatch a 13-10 advantage over the Ducks.
Oregon did not go away quietly as sophomore Hayley Milner cut into the UC Davis lead with a goal at 17:12, setting the match at 13-11.
On the next possession after freshman Casey Brogan earned the draw control, she made the pass to Milner, who gave it right back to her and Brogan found the back of the net to put the Ducks down by only one goal, 13-12.
Oregon got a shot at a free position shot after Laura Sunday fouled sophomore Nikki Puszcz and Puszcz used that chance to tie the match up at 13-13 with 15:40 left in the half.
From there the Ducks found their groove and got two goals from Ja. Drummond and one from her sister, senior Jess Drummond to seal the victory for Oregon.
With Ja. Drummond's goals, she also added one assist for a match and team-high seven points. UO also received two goals each from Barrett and Je. Drummond.
Barrett and Milner also collected two assists each.
Mirza led the Aggies with four goals, while Guercio and Datino contributed three apiece. Datino tacked on two assists to lead her team with five points.
In net, sophomore Caroline Federighi (9-3) came up with nine saves to earn the victory while her counterpart, Jordan Majke gloved eight saves, but was credited with the loss, moving her record to 5-7.
The Ducks outshot the Aggies, 30-25, and won the groundball category, 14-9.
Oregon caused UC Davis to commit 13 turnovers, while turning the ball over a season-low nine times in the process.
UO heads to California next for two more important matches. The first is against Stanford on Friday (Apr. 13) in Stanford at 7 p.m. and the second on Sunday against St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif. at noon.
Senior Jana Drummond tallied a season-high six goals, only one off the school record of seven, which she owns...Ja. Drummond also notched a season-high six points...Ja. Drummond is now only three goals away from tying Ilsa van den Berg for most goals in a career (139)...Senior Kristina Barrett is now only nine assists shy from tying Theresa Waldron for most assists in a career (75)...With nine saves on Sunday, sophomore Caroline Federighi now has 173 total for her career while Salliebeth Finnegan now has 202...Senior Jess Drummond leapfrogged her sister, Jana, on the groundballs list, taking over fifth all-time with 88...Ja. Drummond drops out with 87...Ja. Drummond moved into second all-time in draw controls with three on Sunday, putting her in second place as she passed up Alex Breiner...Oregon is now 8-3 all-time against UC Davis and moved their MPSF record to 33-25 and overall program record to 76-63.