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Oregon Hosts Vermont in Fourth Leg of Seven-Game Homestand
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Release Date: 03/03/2013
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OREGON HOSTS VERMONT IN FOURTH LEG OF SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND
The Oregon Ducks (2-1) face the Vermont Catamounts (2-1) for the sixth time in school history on Monday evening at Papé Field.  Monday’s match marks the first meeting between the two schools since 2011; it is also the first time the Ducks and Catamounts are playing in Eugene since 2009.  Match time from Papé Field is slated for 5 p.m.  Live video and statistics coverage is available via GoDucks.com.

OREGON ALL-TIME VERSUS VERMONT           
The Ducks are 4-1 all time against the Catamounts.  Oregon won the first four games over Vermont, winning each year from 2006-09.  However, Vermont won the last battle, 11-9, on March 25, 2011 in Burlington, Vt.  The only active Duck to record a point against Vermont is junior midfielder Shannon Propst, who tallied an assist in the 2011 match.  Both Caroline Federighi and Salliebeth Finnegan saw action in goal in the game as well.

OREGON ALL-TIME AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST            
Oregon is 6-7 all-time against schools from the America East Conference.  The Ducks are 4-1 against Vermont; their two other wins are against Stony Brook.  Oregon beat Stony Brook in 2006 (in Eugene) and 2009 (in Baltimore, Md.) but fell in 2007 in Stony Brook, N.Y.

O’CONNELL BURIES HIGH POINT WITH LAST-SECOND GOAL                                   
Freshman Carly O’Connell scored her second goal of the game with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to break a 6-6 tie and send the Ducks past High Point for their second win of the season.  For O’Connell, it also marked her fourth goal of the season, which ranks in a tie for third on the team.

FINNEGAN STEPS IN TO EARN FIRST WIN SINCE 2011                           
Senior goalkeeper Salliebeth Finnegan was subbed into the High Point game with 27 minutes remaining in the first half for injured starter Caroline Federighi.  Finnegan made three saves and scooped up a ground ball over the final 57 minutes to earn her first win since April 17, 2011 when she helped guide Oregon to a 19-7 triumph over UC Davis.  In addition, the victory moved her career total to 12.

McCOOL ANCHORS STELLAR DUCK DEFENSE                                  
Oregon junior defender Erika McCool picked up three ground balls and forced a turnover against High Point to anchor the Oregon defense.  McCool helped the Ducks hold the Panthers’ top-three scorers to just three goals and Kendyl Gardner, who entered the match with seven goals, scoreless.  Oregon has allowed just 19 goals the entire season (6.3 goals per game).  Last year, the Ducks gave up nearly 9.5 goals per game.

PROPST, PUSZCZ PUT TOGETHER ANOTHER SOLID OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
Duck juniors Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz each registered four points on Saturday against High Point, posting two goals and two assists apiece.  Propst ranks first on the team in points this year (11) and Puszcz sits right behind her in a tie for second (8) with Kate Cathell.  All-time, Propst and Puszcz rank 12th and 13th on the Oregon points list.  A complete list of all-time Oregon leaders is on pages 3-4 of today’s game notes.

DUCKS OUT-SHOOTING OPPONENTS BY OVER 11 SHOTS PER GAME                
The Oregon Ducks have taken a total of 75 shots this season (25.0 spg) and have allowed just 41 (13.6 spg) shots to their opposition in 2013.  The +34 shot margin doubles last year’s final margin (+17).  High Point managed just 12 shots on Saturday night in Eugene.

SECOND HALF PROVING TO BE KIND TO OREGON IN 2013                            
Oregon has scored 19 of its 30 goals this season in the second half (6.3 second half goals per game).  On Saturday, the Ducks trailed High Point 3-1 at the break before overtaking the Panthers with six second-half goals.  In addition, Oregon has taken 20 more shots in the second half than its opponents (39-19).

CATHELL’S CAREER DAY LEADS DUCKS PAST BEARCATS             
Oregon’s first victory of the season — a convincing 16-5 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 24 — was fueled by senior Kate Cathell, who scored a career-high four goals, dished out two assists (tied career-high) and ended the game with a team and career-high six points.  Cathell’s previous best in goals was two, which she also posted against Cincinnati in 2012.

O’CONNELL PUTS TOGETHER SUCCESSFUL DEBUT ON OPENING WEEKEND
Freshman Carly O’Connell scored a goal in each of her first two collegiate matches last weekend for Oregon.  She also recorded the first two assists of her career against Cincinnati on Feb. 24.  A native of Southborough, Mass., O’Connell is currently fourth on the team in points (6).

PUSZCZ PASSES MEAD ON DRAW CONTROL LIST                                          
Junior Nikki Puszcz posted 32 draw controls last season to give her 63 for her career and move her into eighth place in Oregon lacrosse history.  She picked up three draw controls in the opener against Dartmouth to move past Cara Mead (64 career) for seventh all-time.  She enters the Vermont with 70 career draw controls after grabbing three more against High Point on March 2.

MORRISON BREAKS OREGON’S TOP-10             
Oregon senior Bridget Morrison entered the season with 76 career ground balls, which ranked ninth in Duck lacrosse history.  Although she is still in ninth all-time, Morrison picked up two ground balls in the opening weekend and one more against High Point to bring her within four of Colleen Taggart’s 83 ground balls for eighth all-time.  In addition, Morrison has caused 43 turnovers in her career at Oregon, placing her eighth all-time.  She is just six caused turnovers from tying Kristina Barrett, who forced 49 turnovers from 2009-12. 

FRAZER HAS CAREER DAY AGAINST CINCINNATI                                  
Oregon sophomore Devon Frazer set new career-highs in three categories on Feb. 24 against Cincinnati, finishing the game with three points, tallying her first-ever assist and recording three draw controls.  In addition, Frazer tied career-highs in goals scored (2) and ground balls (2) to help the Ducks remain undefeated all-time against Cincinnati (4-0).

OREGON PICKED SECOND IN MPSF PRESEASON COACHES POLL                    
The Oregon women’s lacrosse team was picked second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Jan. 25.  The Ducks tallied 55 total points, including three first-place votes, and fell just four point shy of Stanford, the preseason conference favorite.  Oregon returns 18 players from its 2012 team that won the MPSF regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May.  The Ducks finished the 2012 campaign 14-5 overall and a perfect 7-0 in conference play.  It was their first conference championship in school history.

DUCK LACROSSE ALL-TIME IN MARCH                                         
Oregon is 33-28 all-time in the month of March.  The Ducks posted their best March season in 2009, finishing 6-1.  Oregon also registered six March wins in 2007 (6-4) and 2008 (6-2).  Last season, the Ducks finished 4-2 in March, beating Old Dominion, San Diego State, Marist and Davidson.  Their only losses were to No. 1 Northwestern and High Point.  Oregon wrapped up March 2012 with an 8-4 win on the road over Davidson, which it plays again on March 8 in Eugene.

OREGON ALL-TIME VS. NON-RANKED OPPONENTS                                      
Oregon’s win over High Point moved its all-time record against non-ranked teams to 81-38, good enough for a 0.681 winning percentage.  Monday’s match against Vermont will be Oregon’s 120th meeting against a non-ranked team in school history.

HOME COOKIN’                                                                             
The Ducks open up their 2013 season with seven straight games at home in Eugene.  Oregon put together a perfect 5-0 home regular season — its best regular season finish since 2007 (6-0) — before dropping the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy, 10-9, at Papé Field.  The 5-1 overall finish at home was the best home record since 2009 (6-1).  

BETWEEN THE PIPES                                                                             
Junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi is coming off a record-setting season in 2012.  Last year, she set single-season school records in save percentage (.502) and goals against average (9.15).  Federighi now has 235 career saves, good enough for second all-time.  Anna Poponyak’s 514 saves represent the Oregon saves record.  Additionally, senior goalkeeper Salliebeth Finnegan has 212 career saves, which ranks third all-time.  

A complete list of all-time Oregon leaders is on pages 3-4 of today’s game notes.

FEDERIGHI GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION IN 2012
Junior goalie Caroline Federighi put together an impressive sophomore campaign a season ago.  Federighi, a native of Pleasanton, Calif., ranked in the top-40 nationally in four different categories, including save percentage (2nd, .502), goals against average (14th, 9.15 gaa), saves (25th, 141 saves) and saves per game (39th, 7.42 spg).  Federighi started all 19 games for Oregon a season ago and logged 917:33 total minutes.  She finished the 2012 season with a 14-4 overall record to lead the Ducks.

ALL-TIME SERIES RECORDS
Oregon head coach Jen Larsen Beck is the program’s first and only lacrosse coach.  She has led the Ducks to an 84-65 record in her eight-plus years at the helm of the Oregon lacrosse program.  A complete list of Larsen Beck’s (and the Ducks’) series records against all opponents is listed on page 6 of today’s game notes.

OREGON STARTS 2013 RANKED NATIONALLY IN SEVEN CATEGORIES
Through its first two games of the year, Oregon is ranked in the national top-50 in seven categories.  A complete list is below.  In addition, Caroline Federighi ranks 13th in goals against average (6.25).  National statistics are updated weekly on NCAA.com.  The statistics below represent Oregon’s totals and rankings through two games.

Points T-47th (35)
Scoring Offense T-40th (23)
Scoring Defense T-15th (13)
Scoring Margin T-23rd (+10)
Winning Percentage T-43rd (.500)
Caused Turnovers T-28th (20)
Ground Balls T-32nd (36)

DUCKS FINISH 2012 RANKED IN THE TOP-50 IN SIX CATEGORIES
The Oregon lacrosse program witnessed its most successful season in school history last year, finishing 14-5 overall and capturing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season (7-0) and tournament championships.  Oregon advanced to the NCAA Play-In Match last May where it fell, 10-9, to Navy in overtime. The 2012 Ducks placed in the top-50 in the nation in six different categories.  Oregon ranked 13th in winning percentage (.737) and 16th in both total points (347) and scoring margin (2.95).  In addition, the Ducks finished 17th in scoring defense (9.47 goals per game), 28th in scoring offense (12.42 goals per game) and 41st in caused turnovers (141).

DUCKS NO STRANGER TO ONE-GOAL MATCHES
Oregon is 16-14 all-time in one-goal matches, dropping its first one-goal match of the year to No. 12 Dartmouth, 8-7 in overtime on Feb. 23 and beating High Point, 7-6 on March 2.  The Ducks went 2-1 a season ago, winning both regular season games, 10-9, before dropping a one-goal overtime match in the NCAA Play-In Match to Navy.  A complete list of Oregon’s history in one-goal matches is located in the left side-bar on page 4 of today’s game notes.

OREGON TO PLAY TELEVISED GAME AGAINST USC ON APRIL 4
Oregon’s match against USC in Eugene on April 4 will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks at 4:30 p.m. (PT).  The match will mark the Ducks’ 11th contest of the season and second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup of the season.  The meeting will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools; the 2013 season marks the first season of women’s lacrosse in the history of the University of Southern California.

OREGON SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
The Ducks play 10 home games at Papé Field during the 2013 regular season, including seven straight to open up the year.  It is the first time that Oregon has opened its season at home since the 2011 campaign, when it lost to No. 20 Hofstra in overtime.  Six of Oregon’s first seven home games are non-conference games; two of the six non-MPSF games are against opponents ranked in the top-15 in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  The Ducks played No. 12 Dartmouth in the first match of the season and No. 2 Florida, which advanced to last year’s NCAA Final Four, comes to Eugene on March 16.  Oregon’s first conference match is slated for March 22 against San Diego State in Eugene.

Following the seven-match homestand, Oregon hits the road for three matches in six days from March 24-30.  On March 24, Oregon plays Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., March 26 will see the Ducks play Connecticut for the first time in school history and a March 30 date at Old Dominion wraps up the road trip.  Oregon returns home to Eugene on April 4 for its first-ever meeting with USC, a match that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.  The USC match is the first of seven MPSF contests to conclude the regular season.  On May 2 and 4, Oregon will host the 2013 MPSF Lacrosse Tournament, featuring the top-four regular season finishers in the conference.  The Ducks won last year’s MPSF Tournament championship. 
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