EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s lacrosse team saw its 5-2 lead at the half erased by Connecticut, and fell 10-8 after the Huskiesoutscored the Ducks 8-3 in the second half Friday afternoon at Papé Field. Sami Kiser, Nikki Puszcz and Casey Brogan each netted two goals for the Ducks while Carly O’Connell and Raleigh Cavey each chipped in with a goal each.
“I think there were slashes of brilliance from our team but it’s collectively putting together in 60 minutes is something we still need to work on,” head coach Jen Beck said. “We just have to get over the mistakes we made and continue to work harder and make better plays.”
Oregon (2-3) moved to 5-5 all-time in home-openers after Friday’s loss and 0-2 against Connecticut (3-4).
Connecticut took the 8-7 lead at the 11:56 mark behind Jacqueline Jordan’s goal before Casey Brogan knotted things up with a rocket past the Huskies’ Shannon Nee with 10:52 left to play.
Connecticut responded 40 seconds after Brogan’s goal to take the 9-8 and scored once more to come out of Eugene with the 10-8 victory. The Ducks outshot the Huskies 13-9 in the second half, but wasn’t able to convert on their opportunities.
“We needed to make sure we finished those shots, which we didn’t execute all too well,” Beck said.
Despite opening the game with three-straight goals and a 5-2 lead heading into the break, the Ducks weren’t able to come out in the second half with the same energy as it did in the first half.
The Huskies were able to reel off four-straights to take the 8-7 lead behind Katherine Finkelston who finished with a game-high six goals.
“They did a really good job of grabbing the moment,” said Beck. “Having those four goals go in one right after the other and we can’t get the draw. It’s tough to stop that. We just have to dig in our heels and make a difference.”
Caroline Federighi played well for the Ducks down the stretch, grabbing 12 saves, eight of which came in the first half to give the Ducks the 5-3 lead heading into the half.
The Ducks have a quick turnaround with Fresno St. coming to town at 2 p.m. on Sat., March 15, at Papé Field for their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
“Conference is going to be a huge battle and so every single conference game is important,” Beck said.