OREGON AND USC SQUARE OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Oregon Ducks (5-5, 0-1) seek their first conference win of the season on Thursday evening when they take on the USC Trojans (5-8, 2-2) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The opening draw is slated for 4:36 p.m. at Papé Field in Eugene; the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
DUCKS SNAP FOUR-GAME SKID AGAINST OLD DOMINION
Oregon snapped its four-game losing streak with a 10-9 victory at Old Dominion on March 30. For the Ducks, it was their fourth one-goal victory of the season. They are 4-1 in one-goal games; the five games are the highest total of one-goal games played in a single season since playing in 10 in 2008.
CATHELL POSTS FOURTH HAT-TRICK OF THE YEAR IN WIN AT OLD DOMINION
Senior attack Kate Cathell scored three goals to lead the Oregon offensive charge in its 10-9 win at Old Dominion on March 30. For Cathell, it was the fourth time she recorded at least three goals in a single match this season. She scored a career-high four goals against Cincinnati on Feb. 24, three against Vermont on March 4 and three against Davidson on March 8.
O’CONNELL SHINES ON OREGON’S THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP
Freshman Carly O’Connell scored four goals and tallied seven assists in Oregon’s three games away from Eugene on March 24, 26 and 30. In the Ducks’ 9-5 loss at Marist, O’Connell posted two goals and set new career-highs in ground balls (6) and draw controls (4). She followed her performance at Marist with a career-high five-assist effort at UConn on March 26. She also matched her career-best with five draw controls against the Huskies. O’Connell wrapped up the trip by scoring one goal, dishing out two assists, scooping up two ground balls, recording two draw controls and causing two turnovers on get-away day at Old Dominion. O’Connell was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Rookie of the Week on March 4.
CALENDAR TURNS TO HISTORICALLY SUCCESSFUL MONTH FOR OREGON
The Ducks wrapped up the month of March with a 4-4 record and enter April at 5-5 overall. Historically, Oregon has played well in the month of April, a month that generally features conference matches. The Ducks are 30-17 (.638) all-time in April. This year, all seven of Oregon’s April matches are against MPSF opponents. The Ducks are 27-19 (.587) all-time against MPSF teams during the regular season and 38-26 (.594) overall.
USC GAME MARKS FOURTH NIGHT GAME OF THE YEAR FOR OREGON
Oregon’s game against USC on Thursday is the team’s fourth night game of the year (matches played after 4 p.m.). The Ducks are 3-0 in the previous evening matches, which were all one-goal games. On March 2, Oregon defeated High Point, 7-6, and then topped Vermont in triple-overtime, 14-13, two nights later on March 4. Then, Oregon outlasted Davidson, 7-6, in its other night game on March 8.
NATIONAL RANKINGS SUMMARY (THROUGH MARCH 31)
Oregon is ranked in the top-50 of five individual and team categories:
Caused Turnovers (team) 22nd (92)
Scoring Defense (team) 34th (9.7)
Total Assists (individual) T22nd, Shannon Propst (19)
Assists Per Game (individual) T25th, Shannon Propst (1.9)
Goals Against Average (individual) 40th, Salliebeth Finnegan (9.91)
MILNER TORCHES UCONN FOR CAREER-HIGH FIVE GOALS
Junior Hayley Milner scored a career-high five goals for Oregon in its 16-14 overtime loss at Connecticut on March 26. Her scoring output, which also allowed her to set a new career-best in the points category (5), was one better than her previous career-high of four goals set on March 18, 2012 at San Diego State. Milner enters the USC game on Thursday night in Eugene with 10 goals this season. Of those 10 goals, Milner scored seven of them on Oregon’s three-game road trip last week. In addition to her five-goal effort at Connecticut, Milner scored two goals at Old Dominion on March 30.
DUCK OFFENSE SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Oregon posted 10 goals in its 10-9 victory at Old Dominion on March 30 and 14 in its overtime loss at Connecticut on March 26. It marked the first time the Ducks scored at least 10 goals in consecutive games since tallying double-digit goals in eight-straight games to conclude the 2012 regular season and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. The Ducks scored nine goals in their overtime loss to Navy in the NCAA Play-In Match on May 5, 2012 to bring the streak to an end.
OREGON ALL-TIME VS. NON-RANKED OPPONENTS
Oregon’s win over Old Dominion moved its all-time record against non-ranked teams to 84-42, good enough for a 0.667 winning percentage. Thursday’s game against Southern California will be Oregon’s 127th meeting against a non-ranked team in school history.
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 87-69 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 7 of today’s game notes.
PROPST MOVES INTO EIGHTH PLACE ON OREGON’S ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Oregon junior attack Shannon Propst tallied four total points (2 goals, 2 assists) in Oregon’s 10-9 win at Old Dominion on March 30. As a result, Propst moved past Lindsay Killian for eighth place on Oregon’s all-time points list. Propst enters the USC game with 113 career points; Killian, who played on Oregon’s first four lacrosse teams, racked up 112 career points from 2005-08.
PROPST ONE SHY OF LEINER ON ASSISTS CHART
Junior Shannon Propst dished out five assists during Oregon’s three-game road trip on the east coast. Her two assists against Old Dominion on March 30 pulled her within one of Alison Leiner on Oregon’s all-time assists list. Leiner ranks sixth all-time with 51 career assists and Propst now sits in seventh with 50.
MORRISON WITHIN TWO OF POPONYAK ON ALL-TIME GROUND BALLS LIST
Oregon senior defender Bridget Morrison scooped up three ground balls at Old Dominion on March 30 to give her 92 for her career and pull her within two ground balls of Ana Poponyak (94) for seventh place on Oregon’s all-time ground balls list. Morrison’s 16 ground balls this season ranks third on the team behind only Salliebeth Finnegan (20) and Carly O’Connell (18).
FIVE DUCKS HAVE SCORED AT LEAST 10 GOALS THROUGH FIRST 10 GAMES OF 2013
Hayley Milner scored two goals against Old Dominion on March 30 to become Oregon’s fifth player to score over 10 goals during the 2013 season. Milner joins Kate Cathell (19), Shannon Propst (14), Nikki Puszcz (13) and Carly O’Connell (11) in double figures. Two additional Ducks are approaching the 10-goal plateau as well. Junior Sami Kiser has nine goals and sophomore Devon Frazer follows with eight.
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: USC GAME KICKS OFF STRETCH RUN
Thursday night’s showdown between Oregon and USC begins a stretch of seven Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games for the Ducks to conclude the 2013 regular season. Following the USC contest, Oregon will have just two home games remaining (April 7 vs. California, April 14 vs. Saint Mary’s). The other four games will be road matchups. On April 10, Oregon travels to Fresno State and it will wrap up the regular season with three games away from Eugene: April 19 at Stanford, April 21 at UC Davis and April 26 at Denver. Through 10 games, Oregon is 4-3 at home and 1-2 on the road. The Ducks’ last home win came in a 7-6 triumph over Davidson on March 8.
DUCKS CONTINUE TO MIX AND MATCH IN STARTING LINEUPS
Through 10 games, Oregon has used nine different starting lineups. The most recent switch came against Old Dominion on March 30 when freshman Courtney Valdez was inserted into the starting 12 as an attack. Only six players have started all 10 games for the Ducks this year: seniors Kate Cathell and Bridget Morrison, juniors Shannon Propst, Nikki Puszcz and Erika McCool and freshman Alison Scharkey. In goal, senior Salliebeth Finnegan has started the last seven matches for the Ducks after junior Caroline Federighi left during the High Point game on March 2 with an injury (A complete breakdown of Oregon’s 2013 starting lineups is on page 4 on today’s game notes).
TEAM SCORING AVERAGES SLIGHTLY DIFFER IN HOME AND ROAD GAMES
Oregon’s offensive outputs at home and on the road this season are almost identical but the defensive numbers are quite different. On average, Oregon has scored 9.4 goals per game at home this season and 9.7 per game on the road. But defensively, the Ducks have allowed just 7.3 goals per game in Eugene and 11.3 per game on the road. Overall, Oregon has scored 95 goals this season (9.5 goals per game) and has allowed 97 (9.7 goals per game). Last year, the Ducks gave up just under 9.5 goals per game overall.