EUGENE – Courtney Valdez had a career day for Oregon, scoring five goals and assisted on a goal, as the Oregon women’s lacrosse team dominated Presbyterian, 23-3, Saturday afternoon at Papé field to close out its three-game homestand. The Ducks had 10 difference players contribute on the offensive end while six players had multiple goals.
“We struggled in the second half before, so a lot of the time at half we talked about keeping ourselves and momentum going in the second half and I was pleased with that,” head coach Jen Beck said. “Even when we rotated people in, they stepped up and kept the level high. I was pleased how they held each other accountable and made the play when they needed to.”
Senior Erika McCool recorded her first collegiate goal at the 17:04 mark in the first half and was congratulated first by her goalie, Caroline Federighi, who came charging in from the other end of the field.
Devon Frazer broke the single-game record for the fastest goal scored – 12 seconds – when she won the draw control and jolted down the field to score Oregon’s 11th goal of the day. Frazer beat out the previous mark set by Valdez, 13 seconds, against Robert Morris this year.
O'Connell's nine draw controls on the day tied her season-high, but was one short of tying the career-high and single-game high 10 draw controls she set last year.
UO's 23 goals Saturday tied the single-game record for most goals scored in a game, while the 20-point differential also tied the program record for largest margin of victory. Both records were set earlier in February of this year against Coastal Carolina when Oregon won by the same score, 23-3.
The Ducks’ 54 shots today against Presbyterian (3-4) was the most by Oregon since the Ducks put up 47 against St. Bonaventure in February of 2010.
Oregon opened up the game with an 8-0 run capped off by Valdez – who scored at the 16:16 mark – before Brianne Ward of Presbyterian found the back of the net with 15:26 left to play in the first half. Valdez responded with a goal 50 seconds later for UO before Jess Goergen gave PC its second goal of the day. Valdez again answered for the Oregon, this time at the 11:58 mark to put the Ducks up 10-2.
The Blue Hose scored their last and final goal with 5:12 left in the first half thanks to Goergen again, this time from Catherine Ellis, as Oregon took a 14-3 lead into the break.
The second half was all Oregon thanks to Federighi, Jenna Morris and Becca Katzen who combined to blank Presbyterian. The Ducks finished out the game with a 9-0 run that ended on a goal from Rachel Steinberg with 12 seconds remaining.
“It’s a great confidence booster,” Beck said when asked about how important the win was before heading out to Ohio.
“We’ll savor this tonight, but we’ll definitely get refocused for Ohio State tomorrow. We leave first thing Monday morning so we’ll use our facilities to watch game film and get ourselves prepped.”
The Ducks now hit the road for a four-game road swing starting Monday. Oregon first heads to Ohio for a pair of matches against Ohio State, on March 26, at 1 p.m. (PT) and then faces Cincinnati, on March 30, at 9 a.m. (PT).