March 21, 2009

Oregon Beats Colgate for Fifth Straight Win

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon's twins, Jana Drummond and Jess Drummond, each tallied three goals on Saturday afternoon at Pape' Field, helping the Ducks to a 14-11 non-conference victory over Colgate in the finale of a four-game homestand.

Oregon moves to 6-2 overall (2-1 MPSF) with the victory and improves to 3-2 all-time versus Colgate. The Raiders fall to 7-3 on the year and the loss snapped a five-game winning streak.

While Colgate tallied the first score of the game just 20 seconds into the contest, Oregon rattled off six of the next eight scores and shot out to a 10-6 halftime lead. The Ducks again came out hot in the second period and scored three of the first four goals in the frame and held off the Raiders for the win.

"I am so glad my team was able to get through finals and then come out with a big win," said Oregon head coach Jen Larsen." We knew it was going to be a battle. Colgate is a great team."

Seven different Ducks scored goals in the game, with Ilsa van den Berg (2), Catherine Davidson (2), Alex Breiner (2) and the Drummonds each netting more than one. Colgate's Colleen Bubnack and Brie Moran paced the Raiders with three scores each.

Colgate came into the contest averaging 14.40 goals per game, but the Ducks' defensive effort and planning, along with a very strong showing by Ana Poponyak (10 saves), especially in the second half, allowed the Oregon offense to take over the game. Oregon assisted on just three of its 14 goals but had four free-position scores on six attempts. In three key offensive statistics, the Ducks came out on top versus Colgate. Oregon took more shots (30-26), snagged more ground balls (17-12) and won more draws (17-10) than the Raiders. Oregon also had six less turnovers.

"We were up and down with how we followed the gameplan," Larsen added. "But when we stuck to it we played great."

The Ducks have scored 10 goals or more in five straight games - all wins.

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