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Release Date: 03/25/2014
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EUGENE – Winners of two-straight games, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team now puts its streak on the line in Columbus, Ohio, where they will face No. 17 Ohio State and Cincinnati before starting conference play. The Ducks open with the Buckeyes on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. (PT) and then follow with a 9 a.m. (PT) faceoff with the Bearcats on Sunday, March 30.

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The Ducks face their first ranked opponent in No. 17 Ohio State to start their four-game road swing on Wednesday, March 26. The Buckeyes are 6-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play, but boasts an impressive 5-1 mark at home when playing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Wednesday’s matchup between the two universities will be the first in program history.

Ohio State enjoyed a four-game winning streak – that included an 11-10 upset of then-No. 4 Northwestern – before dropping its game to No. 4 Florida this past Saturday.

Katie Chase leads Ohio State with 23 goals while Mary Kate Facchina and Kaila Gottlick each have 17 goals. Cian Dabrowski has 16 goals on the year while Jennifer Poretto has 14 goals and Kelsea Ayers with 11 goals.

Tori DeScenza has started all 10 games for Ohio State in the crease, posting an 8.47 goals against average with 6.70 saves per game, good for third in the American Lacrosse Conference.

The Ducks wrap up their non-conference schedule four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Oregon faces Cincinnati at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. The Bearcats, winners of five-straight matches, are 6-3 overall on the year and 3-0 when playing at Sheakley Athletics Center.

Oregon leads the all-time series between the two schools, 4-0, with its last victory in Cincinnati coming in March 6, 2011.

Cincinnati has five players with double-digit goals as well as double-digit points. Courtney Curtis leads that pack with 18 goals on seven assists for a total of 25 points while Ashley Helmrath leads the team with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists. Michelle Platz is third on the team with 13 goals while Taylor Young and Megan Bell has 12 goals each on the year.

The Bearcats’ Meg Gulmi has started in all nine games and has allowed 78 goals while stopping 41 for a .345 saves percentage.

Both UC and UO have won it’s matches against three similar opponents – Stetson, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian – but the margin of victory between the two squads in those three games have been quite different. The Ducks outscored the three schools 66-9 while the Bearcats only outscored those squads 45-22.

Senior attacker Shannon Propst’s six points last weekend against Presbyterian pushed her to 186 career-points at Oregon and is now only eight points away from breaking Illsa van den Berg’s record of 193 points (2006-09). The Bel Air, Md., will have two opportunities to break that record with Ohio State being her first opportunity.

Oregon tied its season high of two-straight wins this past Saturday when the Ducks dominated Presbyterian, 23-3, at Papé Field. UO concluded its three-game homestand on a positive note as the Ducks begin their four-game road trip.

Courtney Valdez paced Oregon with five goals, one assist, a groundball and a caused turnover while Carly O’Connell netted four goals to go with her three assists and 10 draw controls. The 10 draw controls tied O’Connell’s previous single-game and career-high record she set last year against St. Mary’s.

Heading into last week’s competition, senior Shannon Propst is tied for third in the nation with 3.00 assists per game with teammate Carly O’Connell. Through seven games, Propst and O’Connell are tied in seventh with 5.43 points per game. O’Connell is also in 8th-place for draw controls with a 5.71 average.

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 5.43 points per game while teammate Carly O’Connell is right behind – in second – with 5.29 points per game.

Propst (3.00) and O’Connell (2.86) also stand in second and third, respectively, in assists per game with just .14 of a point difference between the two. O’Connell is second in the conference in draw controls with a 5.71 average and a total of 40 on the year. The Southborough, Mass., native is also fifth in the MPSF with a 1.71 average in caused turnovers.

In the crease, Caroline Federighi is third in the goals against average category with 8.60 in 300:04 minutes of action.

As a team the Ducks are first in goals per game (16.29) and are second in ground balls per game (17.86). Oregon however leads the conference in assists per game (9.71) and points per game (26.00).

The Ducks also boasts the lowest goals against average as a team (7.64), third in save percentage (.460) and second in caused turnovers per game (15.00).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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