EUGENE – After a two-week hiatus, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team is finally back in action after a quick 2-0 start to open the 2014 season. The Ducks head east once more to resume play, kicking off with Temple on March 1 at 10 a.m. (PST) in Philadelphia, before traveling to Moon Township, Pa., for a battle with Robert Morris on March 3 at 9 a.m. (PST).LIVE STATS
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FACING THE OWLS
The Owls of Temple University await the Oregon Ducks for their March 1 match at Geasey Field. The two teams are currently locked in a tie at 1-1 in the series history with Temple winning the most recent battle, 14-12, in 2012.
The Owls are currently 1-2 on the season and have dropped two matches since winning their season opener against St. Joseph’s, 11-7. Temple fell to in-city rival La Salle, 7-4, before dropping its match at Cornell, 17-9.
Temple returns three players with double-digit goals last season in Jaymie Tabor (27), Rachel Schwaab (23) and Kelly Syphard (10). Tabor currently leads the team with five goals while Schwaab and Nicole Tiernan, a member of last year’s A-10 All-Rookie team, are tied at second with four goals each.
Defensively, the Owls have allowed 10.33 goals per game with opponents posting a .500 shooting percentage. Conversely, Oregon has a shooting percentage of .544 while opponents are just shooting .375 percent.
Temple was picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the 2014 Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Owls will be playing in the Big East Conference for the first time this season, after leaving the Atlantic-10 at the end of last season.
The Owls lost a pair of First-Team All-Atlantic-10 honorees in Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola. Parcell led Temple with 40 goals last season while dishing out 18 assists for a team-high 58 points. Swavola was second on the team last season with 38 goals and nine assists for a total of 47 points. She also notched a team-high 49 draw controls to lead the Owls while causing 20 turnovers.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
The Ducks head to Moon Township, Pa., to wrap up their two-game road trip with Robert Morris on Monday, March 3, at 9 a.m. (PST). This game will also serve as the first meeting between the two universities. The Colonials are 1-0 on the season, with their lone win coming against Niagra in a 16-13 affair at home. RMU is slated to face Howard on Saturday, March 1, before playing host to the Ducks.
Robert Morris returns six of its nine top scorers including Brittany Byerly, Kristian Yoviene, Emily Jamison and Jessica Rutherford, all of who scored 20-plus goals last season. Jamison and Byerly scored 31 and 32 goals, respectively, while Yoviene scored 28 and Rutherford had 27.
Sophomores Jessica Karwacki and Byerly were named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie team in RMU’s first season in the league while Byerly also earned First-Team All-NEC honors as well.
Through one game this season, RMU is shooting .593 percent, but has allowed opponents to shoot .619 percent from the field. Karwacki currently leads the team with a whopping 20 draw controls in just one game.
Robert Morris was also slotted to finish in the middle of the pack (fourth) in league play with Bryant, Mount St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart rounding out the top three teams.
The Colonials were 8-8 overall last season with a 4-5 record in the NEC. Robert Morris allowed 11.38 goals per game compared to its 11.75 goals per game average last season.
IN THE FEDERATION
The first set of conference statistics has been released, and Oregon leads the pack in a few categories. Shannon Propst leads the league in points per game with 8.00 and leads the conference in assists per game with a 5.50 assists average. Carly O’Connell is tops with 7.50 draw controls per game. O’Connell is also tied for third with senior Nikki Puszcz with 4.00 goals per game while Courtney Valdez sits in seventh with a 3.50 average.
Caroline Federighi leads the conference with a league-low 2.94 goals against average through two games and sits at third with a .583 save percentage.
As a team, the Ducks lead the league in several categories including: goals per game (21.50), ground balls per game (23.00), assists per game (12.50), points per game (34.00) and goals against average (3.00) while posting a league-low 10.50 turnovers per game.
DUCKS IN THE NATION
The NCAA national statistics were updated Feb. 24, for all games through Feb. 23, with a handful of Ducks in the top 25 individual categories. After a historic season opener, Shannon Propst leads the nation with 5.50 assist per game and sits in a tie for third in the total assists category with 11. Her 8.00 points per game is good for a tie for third and her 16 total points is tied for 17th.
Sophomore Carly O’Connell is seventh in the country with 7.50 draw controls per game and a total of 15 through two games. Senior Nikki Puszcz is tied for 21st in the country with a 2.50 caused turnover ratio. Both O’Connell and Puszcz are tied for 18th with 4.00 goals per game.
On the defensive end, senior Caroline Federighi’s 2.94 goals-against average places her third amongst goalies while Jenna Morris comes in at seventh with a 3.34 goals-against average. Federighi’s .595 saves percent is also good for 15th compared to other keepers.
PROPST ETCHES NAME INTO OREGON HISTORY
The senior eclipsed the Oregon all-time career assist record of 78 in the season opener, dishing out nine assists in the 20-3 win over Stetson. Propst tacked on two more assists in the Ducks’ win over Coastal Carolina to finish with 11 assists through two games, and 81 in her career at Oregon. The fallen record of 78 was held by Kristina Barrett who played from 2009-12.
Propst’s nine assists also broke the eight-year old single-game assist record for Oregon (6) set by Alison Leiner in 2006 and tied the MPSF single-game assist record set by Jill Remenapp of Denver last season. Propst’s 10 points against Stetson also broke the single-game record at Oregon while tying her for sixth all-time on the MPSF all-time single-game points list.
The following day against Coastal Carolina, the senior attack also displayed her offensive capabilities, tying the game-high with four goals in Oregon’s 23-3 victory over the Chants.
PROPST NAMED OFFENSIVE POW
Oregon senior attacker Shannon Propst earned the first Offensive Player of the Week honors of the 2014 season as announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation office Monday, Feb. 17. This is the third player of the week award for Propst, who earned it twice before, once during her junior campaign and once during her sophomore year.
Propst was tabbed the MPSF Offensive Player of Week after she scored five goals with 11 assists and 16 points her first two games. The Bel Air, Md., native was also 5-of-6 shooting from the field (.833), including a perfect shots on goal percentage and went 2-for-2 in free position opportunities to go along with her 3 ground balls.
IN THE POLLS
The preseason coaches’ poll released by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation had Oregon slated to finish fourth in league play receiving 53 points. Stanford was picked to finish first, garnering 78 points and seven first-place votes, with Denver right behind the Cardinal with 74 points and a pair of first-place votes. USC finished ahead of Oregon with 66 points while garnering one first-place vote.
DUCKS ON TV
Oregon will have a pair of its games broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The first of which will be the Ducks’ first road conference match in Berkeley, Calif., against the California Golden Bears on Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. Eight days later, UO will have its match against Stanford, last year’s conference tournament champions, televised from Papé Field on Friday, Apr. 11, at 5 p.m.
DUCKS RELOAD FOR 2014 SEASON
Having lost six seniors to graduation, two of which were starters, head coach Jen Beck reloaded the Ducks’ roster with eight standouts from across the United States. Three hailed from the state of Maryland, two from Colorado, and one each from Massachusetts, Oregon and California.
Beck signed a pair of goalies in Jan Parker and Becca Katzen. Parker hails from Danvers, Mass., where she led The Williston Northampton School to three Northeastern Conference championships earning NEC MVP honors her sophomore and junior seasons. Katzen prepped at Dulaney High School where she split time with two other goalies.
The remaining six signees come to Oregon at the midfield position. Annie Longtain, the lone Oregon signee, led West Linn High School to a runner-up finish in 2012 and a third third-place finish in 2011 at the state tournament.
Bella Pyne joined older sister Olivia at Oregon boasting a resume that includes South River High School’s first state championship in 2010. Pyne also earned multiple all-county and all-league honors during her prep career.
Rachel Steinberg was an Under Armour All-American and Maximum Exposure All-Star. Steinberg led the Severn School in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers her season year.
Kathryn Blumhardt, a Regis Jesuit High School grad, earned all-state honorable mention as well as second-team all-league honors to go along with her academic All-America honors and first-team all-academic selections.
Erin Schilmoeller joins fellow prep teammate Blumhardt at Oregon for the 2014 season. Schilmoeller earned multiple all-league honors as well as back-to-back academic All-America honors.
Rounding out the list of new Ducks is KiKi Gibson, a Carlsbad, Calif., native that played at La Costa Canyon. Gibson led LCCHS to the California Interscholastic Federation championships in 2012 and was awarded U.S. Lacrosse High School America honors for her efforts. She also earned first-team All-CIF honors her freshman and sophomore years.