EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon lacrosse team battles the University of Denver for the top seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday (Apr. 21) as part of Senior Day activities at 1 p.m. at Pape' Field.
Oregon (11-4, 6-0 MPSF) has won its last six matches, including four straight MPSF victories, while Denver (12-1, 6-0 MPSF) has rattled off 12 straight wins after a season-opening 20-5 loss at Johns Hopkins.
The Ducks, who are 4-0 this season at Pape' Field, are being led by sophomore Shannon Propst. The Bel Air, Md. native has amassed 44 points from 28 goals and 16 assists. She is followed by sophomore Nikki Puszcz and senior Kristina Barrett, who both have 43 points. Puszcz has also tallied 28 goals and 15 assists while Barrett has secured her 43 points from 24 goals and 19 assists.
UO's top goal provider is senior Jana Drummond, who has found the back of the net 29 times for the Ducks this season. Drummond also adds eight assists for 37 points along with a team-best 43 draw controls.
Four more Ducks have achieved double-digits in the points column and they are senior Jess Drummond (17 G, 5 A), sophomore Hayley Milner (16 G, 6 A), junior Kate Cathell (7 G, 8 A) and sophomore Sami Kiser (11 G and 2 A).
In goal, sophomore Caroline Federighi has posted an 11-3 record, notching 102 saves for a 9.02 GAA and .502 save percentage. The Pleasanton, Calif. native is 10th in the NCAA in GAA and seventh for her save percentage.
For Denver, Kara Secora has been their top player providing 26 goals and 21 points for a team-high 47 points. Jill Remenapp has 45 points (18 G, 27 A) and Jenn Etzel has a team-best 35 goals and nine assists for 44 points. Five other Pioneers have also notched double-digit points.
In net, Ashley Harman has accounted for an 11-1 record, putting up a 9.19 GAA and .406 save percentage.
NEWS AND MATCH NOTES:
Spirit Day- Wear your spirit t-shirt for $2 admission...Baseball/Softball/Track ticket back for free admission (only from Friday/Saturday's games)...Pregame appearance by The Duck...Papé Field Commemorative Ticket Giveaway (first 200 fans).
Goodbye for Now
Oregon broke ground on its new soccer and lacrosse facility on Oct. 27, 2011, which means Saturday's match will be the last event played at the current Pape' Field.
UO is the only team all season that has had three players named MPSF Player of the Week. Shannon Propst, Jana Drummond and Kristina Barrett have all garnered the weekly honor, all coming in consecutive weeks. 2012 is one of three seasons Oregon has had three named MPSF POTW. It also happened in 2008 and 2009.
Consistency Is the Key
The Ducks have showed a unified effort in their matches this season. In matches, the one key person that has showed up on the Oregon stat sheet is Shannon Propst. In UO's 15 matches, Propst is the only Duck that has tallied a point in every match.
Top of the List
Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz may lead the team in goals tallied on the season with 28, but Jana Drummond has climbed to the top of the goals scored, recording 142 goals in her career, passing Ilsa van den Berg, who had 139 from 2006-09.
Jana Drummond is fourth all-time in points scored with 174 and as the season goes on, she will look to make huge movement in the points portion of the Oregon record book. Senior Kristina Barrett, who has 157, recently moved into fifth place.
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 102 saves in goal for Oregon, with her numbers she has climbed into third all-time with 189 career saves, nestled behind Salliebeth Finnegan, who is second all-time with 207. Nationally, Federighi is ranked in the top 50 in goals against average (10), saves (28), saves per match (50) and save percentage (7).
Jess and Jana Drummond have had teams seeing double during their careers at Oregon. Jana Drummond is currently fifth all-time in caused turnovers with 57, while her sister, Jess, is close behind with 51.
Sharing Is Caring
Current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby holds numerous records for the Ducks, but Kristina Barrett (72) recently passed Derby on the assists list and has moved into second place. Barrett needs three more assists to tie for first overall with Theresa Waldron (2005-08), who holds the record with 75.
Controlling the Momentum
Jana Drummond has been front and center to lead the Oregon offense from the draw, including a career-high seven against Cincinnati. She currently leads the team with 43 draw controls while Nikki Puszcz has recorded 24. Drummond ranks second all-time with 142 draw controls, while Jess Drummond is nipping at her heels in fourth with 124.
From the Ground Up
Caroline Federighi leads the Ducks in groundballs with 24 this season, but Jana Drummond is fifth all-time with 91. Jess Drummond is right behind her with 84 and Colleen Taggart is not far from joining their company as she has 81 in her career.