MORAGA, Calif. – A fury of hat-tricks from four different Ducks on Sunday led to a convincing, 19-7, victory over St. Mary’s as the Oregon women’s lacrosse team stayed unbeaten in conference play and notched its third-straight win.
Nine different players scored for Oregon (7-4, 3-0 MPSF), with six of the nine players recording multiple goals.
The last time UO won three-straight was early in the season last year when the Ducks reeled off four-straight wins, including a thrilling triple overtime win (14-13) over Vermont at Papé Field.
With the second of her five assist coming in at the 25:14 mark, Shannon Propst became only the 10th player in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation history to record 200-career points while also becoming the first Oregon Duck to do so.
Nikki Puszcz continued her offense spree at St. Mary's (0-9, 0-7 MPSF), opening the game with back-to-back goals to jump-start Oregon’s 5-0 run.
Krista Morgan netted the Gaels their first goal at the 21:07 mark before the Ducks spotted another four goals to make it 9-1 with 12:27 remaining thanks to Carly O'Connell’s goal.
St. Mary’s offense began to find its groove after O’Connell’s goal, scoring three more times, but the Oregon offense pushed the lead to 14-3 heading into the break thanks to Casey Brogan’s goal with 14 seconds left in the first half.
Brogan finished the game tying a career-high in goals (3) while notching a new career-high in draw controls with 5.
Oregon’s 7-0 run that started at the 5:48 mark in the first half behind Devon Frazer’s goal, lasted for 18:07 minutes until Rachel Minarovich ended the run with a shot past Caroline Federighi to make it 17-5 in favor of Oregon.
Bella Pyne picked up her first-career hat-trick with a bouncer past SMC’s back-up goalkeeper, Sydney Pinello, to make it 18-5. Frazer recorded her third hat-trick of the year in between a pair of goals by the Gaels’ Morgan as Oregon stayed unbeaten in the MPSF with the 19-7 victory.
Federighi picked up her seventh win of the year in the win, splitting time in the cage with sophomore Jenna Morris.The Ducks now return home for a pair of matches beginning with a 5 p.m. (PT) showdown on Friday, April 11, with No. 8 Stanford at Papé Field in a Pac-12 Networks televised match.