EUGENE – After having a week off, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team is anxious and ready to host its 10th home-opener when Connecticut comes to town on Friday, March 14. The Huskies and Ducks are set to faceoff at 4 p.m. at Papé Field before UO hosts Fresno State on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m.
DUCKS ON THE SCREEN
Live stats and live streams will be available for both home games this week for all fans that can’t be in attendance. Links for both can be found on GoDucks.com.
For all days when both women’s lacrosse and baseball are playing at home, any fans that show their baseball ticket will get free admission to the lacrosse match.
Friday: Bi-Mart 2-for-1 – Any fans purchasing tickets on game day at the ticket window that show their Bi-Mart card can get two tickets for the price of one.
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day GREEN OUT – Any fans in attendance wearing GREEN can purchase tickets for $2. Fans can also use their baseball tickets from the previous day, March 14, to gain free admission into Saturday’s game as well. Oregon will also be doing a raffle to support Camp Kesem.
The Oregon women’s lacrosse team will raise money for Camp Kesem on Saturday, March 15, against Fresno State. Four items will be raffled off during the game Saturday and will also be auctioning off a game-used Oregon football helmet on OregonAuthentic.com with all proceeds going towards Camp Kesem.
For more information about Camp Kesem and how you can help, visit www.campkesem.org.
GETTING READY FOR THE HUSKIES
Oregon fans will get their first chance to see the women’s lacrosse team this season when the Ducks host the Huskies of Connecticut at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Papé Field. UConn comes into Friday’s matchup with a 2-4 mark and a 0-2 road record. Connecticut also received votes in the most recent IWLCA poll released on March 10.
The Huskies were on a three-game losing streak before they won their last match against James Madison, 14-13, in overtime on March 9. Connecticut leads the all-time series 1-0 with the lone win coming in last March in Hartford, Conn.
The Huskies are coming off a program-best 13-win season that led to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Connecticut was also picked to finish second in the Big East Conference this year in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ poll.
Connecticut is led by Lauren Kahn and Katherine Finkelston with 13 and 12 goals, respectively. On top of leading the team in goals, Kahn has dished out a team-high 10 assists for a total of 23 points and also leads the team in ground balls (15) and draw controls (19). Her 2.83 average in caused turnovers is good for fourth in the nation. Kahn also leads UConn with 17 caused turnovers.
Kahn was UConn’s leading scorer last year with 42 goals as a junior. Heading into her senior season, Kahn was named the 2014 Preseason Big East Offensive Player of Year as well as earning Preseason All-Big East Team honors.
Finkleston is second on the team with 16 points thanks to a .522 shooting percent with 21-of-23 shots on target.
On the defensive end, Shannon Nee leads the Huskies with 37 saves and allowed 53 goals in 284:35 minutes. Nee was also selected to the Preseason All-Big East team along with Kacey Pippitt, who is third on the team with seven goals.
DUCKS AWAIT BULLDOGS FOR MPSF OPENER
A day after playing in its home-opener, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team will also play in its conference opener against Fresno State at 2 p.m. on March 15. The Ducks lead the all-time series 6-0 over the Bulldogs heading into Saturday’s matchup.
Fresno State is 1-5 on the year and 0-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Bulldogs opened the season with an 8-6 victory over Monmouth before dropping their next five matches. Fresno State is averaging 6.17 goals per game compared to Oregon’s 15.85 goals per game.
Kara Concheck is the only Bulldog to have scored 10-plus goals, 11, and have a total of 12 points while Anjelica Fuccillo is second on the team with six goals.
Defensively, Fresno State has a pair of players in Holly Cisneros and Lisa Barnaba who have scooped up 12 groundballs each while Kyleigh Westgarth has collected 10. Carol Dineen-Carlson is the only Bulldog to have double-digits in draw controls while no one on the team has double-digit caused turnovers.
LAST TIME OUT
The Ducks were narrowly edged by both of their opponents when they were on the road last, falling to Temple 10-8 and then to Robert Morris 15-14 in overtime. Oregon moves to 2-2 on the year heading into its two-game home stand.
Olivia Pyne scored a late goal with 2:41 remaining in the game to start the Oregon rally, as Shannon Propst and Courtney Valdez went back-to-back after Pyne to bring Oregon within one, 9-8. However, a late goal by Temple with 24 seconds left on the clocked sealed the 10-8 win for the Owls. Valdez led the team with four goals while Propst chipped in with three.
A late goal by Propst to start the overtime period wasn’t enough against Robert Morris as the Colonials reeled off two-straight goals to narrowly edge the Ducks, 15-14. The last minute change of venue and date of competition was made to play at the Cost Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh was due to the pending snow storm on the east coast. Propst led the Ducks with four goals while Nikki Puszcz found the back of the net three times.
DUCKS IN THE NATION
Heading into this week’s competition, senior Shannon Propst is tied for third in the nation with UC Davis’ Elizabeth Landry with 3.50 assists per game. Sophomore Carly O’Connell is right behind with a 3.25 average, good for fifth in the nation. Through four games, Propst is in a tie for second with 6.50 points per game while O’Connell is in seventh with a 5.50 average. O’Connell is also tied for 12th in draw controls with a 5.50 average.
AROUND THE FEDERATION
Through last week’s games, Oregon and many of its players still hold top spots in multiple statistical categories in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Shannon Propst still holds the top spot with 6.50 points per game while teammate Carly O’Connell is right behind – in second – with 5.50 points per game.
Propst (3.50) and O’Connell (3.25) also stand in second and third, respectively, in assists per game with just a quarter of a point difference between the two. O’Connell leads the conference in draw controls with a 5.50 average with a total of 22 on the year. The Southborough, Mass., native is also second in the MPSF with a 2.50 average in caused turnovers.
In the crease, Caroline Federighi is third in the goals against average category with 7.89 in 228:03 minutes of action.
As a team the Ducks are tops in goals per game (16.25), ground balls per game (20.50), assists per game (10.00), points per game (26.25) and shot percentage (.533)
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.