March 15, 2009

Oregon Rallies Past JHU at Autzen Stadium

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's lacrosse team lead 5-4 at halftime but after a furious opening to the second period by Johns Hopkins that saw the Blue Jays score five unanswered goals, the Ducks tallied seven scores to just one more by JHU to seal a come from behind win, 12-10.

The Ducks improve to 5-2 on the season with the win inside Autzen Stadium. Due to the driving rain prior to the game, the conditions at Pape' Field were so poor the Ducks were forced to move the match to the Autzen turf. The game's start time was also pushed back from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Ilsa van den Berg led all scorers with five goals on the day, including four scores in a crucial second half stretch. The Oregon senior was sent off the field by a yellow card with just three seconds remaining in the first half. She had to serve the remaining time for the penalty on the bench in the second half, and that allowed Johns Hopkins to take advantage of the Ducks, who were a player down.

"I came out at the end of the first half with the yellow card and I watched them score three goals," van den Berg said. "II knew I had to make a difference in the second half. Every time I shot the ball I made sure it was going behind the goalie."

Van den Berg scored her first goal of the second half, second overall, with 15:10 left on the clock but she was hardly finished. The Reisterstown, Md., native netted three more goals in the second half, all coming within less than two and a half minutes of each other.

“She has a great supporting cast, but has been waiting for her time to shine," said head coach Jen Larsen about van den Berg. "Today was her day.”

With the Ducks now back up by two, 11-9, JHU's Brett Bathras scored with less than seven minutes to play to cut the UO lead back to one. But Oregon netted another goal, this time from Alex Briner, to go back up by a pair and finish off the win, 12-10.

“Our team really believes in themselves," Larsen said. "The upperclassmen leaders help to show the freshmen the presence that they can have.”

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