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Oregon Lacrosse Picks Up Hardware At MPSF Banquet
Release Date: 04/26/2012
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STANFORD, Calif.- The University of Oregon can now say they have the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Lacrosse Coach of the Year and eight All-MPSF selections on campus as the Ducks recorded a new program-high for  All-MPSF selections at the championship banquet on Thursday.

The eight selections are the most the Ducks have had selected since six were selected last season.

Head coach Jen Larsen-Beck led the Ducks to their first MPSF regular-season title after UO defeated Denver in the battle of the unbeatens last Saturday at Pape' Field, 13-8. In Larsen-Beck's eight seasons at the helm, the Ducks have recorded 12 wins three times in program history (2007, 2009, 2012). The seven MPSF wins that UO accumulated this season marked a program-high for the Ducks as Oregon finished the season unbeaten at home for only the second time in school history. Larsen-Beck's squad heads into this weekend's tournament riding a seven-game win streak. In Oregon's last 10 games, Larsen-Beck has her squad sitting at a 9-1 mark, with the only loss coming in a non-conference game. In addition to having eight players recording double-digits in the points column, Larsen-Beck has seen four of her players tabbed MPSF Player of the Week in consecutive weeks, a UO single-season record (Shannon Propst, Jana Drummond, Kristina Barrett, Caroline Federighi).

The MPSF honor for Larsen-Beck is the second of her career as she was previously tabbed MPSF Coach of the Year in 2007.

Oregon had four Ducks grab MPSF First-Team accolades and four earn second-team status.

On the first team, seniors Jana Drummond, Colleen Taggart, Kristina Barrett and sophomore Caroline Federighi were honored.

Ja. Drummond has earned a MPSF honor all four seasons on campus. This is the third straight year she has been named to the All-MPSF First-Team and was named co-newcomer of the year her first season.

For Taggart, it is her second time being named to the first-team, but for Barrett it is her first time being selected to the first team as she was a second-team selection last season.

Federighi has been solid in goal for the Ducks and built on her MPSF All-Tournament Team season last year by being selected as the goalkeeper of the year this year.

On the second team, Oregon placed sophomores Nikki Puszcz, Shannon Propst and seniors Jess Drummond and Lara Bennett.

The selections are the first for Puszcz and Propst, but seasoned veterans Je. Drummond and Bennett are making their third and second appearances on the team, respectively.  

The Ducks begin their quest for the program's first tournament title against California tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.

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