April 19, 2009

Oregon Wraps Up No. 2 Seed in MPSF

from press release

MORAGA, Calif. – On Senior Day from Saint Mary’s Stadium, is was senior midfielder P.J. Hainley who led Saint Mary’s with three goals, but it was not enough as the No. 18 ranked Oregon Ducks defeated the Gaels 17-10 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game on Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks (11-4/4-2 MPSF) got four goals and an assist from Catherine Davidson, and Bina Barrett also added five points with two goals and a game-high three assists, helping Oregon secure the two seed for next week’s MPSF Tournament at Stanford.

Hainley was the only senior to get points for the Gaels (3-12/1-5 MPSF), as she finished the day with four points on three goals and one assist. Also getting a hat-trick for Saint Mary’s was freshman attacker Juliet Munroe as she had three goals. Fellow freshman Brittany McMorris added two goals and Ciara Breckenridge and Amy Daniels added one goal each.

The Ducks got multiple goal performances from Alex Breiner, Ilsa van den Berg, Erin Chisnell and Jana Drummund, as all four had two goals each.

SMC senior goalkeeper Hilary Gardner played all 60 minutes in the cage for the Gaels, as she recorded 14 saves in her final home game. Gardner now had 456 career saves, which ranks first all-time for the program. Oregon starting goalkeeper Anna Poponyak only played the first half, but it was enough to earn the victory, as she allowed just three goals while making five saves in the opening 30 minutes.

Prior to the start of the game, Saint Mary’s recognized Hainley, Gardner, Dana Elfvin, Abby Morgan, and Sonja Kapusta in a pregame ceremony.

Oregon took control of the game early, scoring four goals in the first 5:17 of the contest. Munroe answered at the 23:15 mark off an assist by Maggie Schwab, but Oregon answered with goals by Davidson and Barrett to open a 6-1 advantage. After an unassisted goal by Hainley, Oregon added two more goals to make the score 8-2 with 14 minutes left in the first half.

The scoring settled down the remainder of the half, as both teams were held scoreless for nearly 11 minutes. McMorris broke the scoring drought with her first of the game at the 3:05 mark, but Oregon answered with a goal by Sarah MacDonald to give the Ducks a 9-3 lead at halftime.

Saint Mary’s played the Ducks even in the second half, scoring seven goals to eight by Oregon. Hainley and Daniels got the Gaels on the scoreboard early in the second half, but Oregon answered with four straight goals to take a 13-5 lead with 13:28 remaining.

Saint Mary’s scored four of the next six goals to get within six (15-9), but Oregon outscored SMC 2-1 over the final 1:07 to hold on for a decisive 17-10 win.

Saint Mary’s will enter the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will take on the No. 3-seeded California Golden Bears. The game between SMC and Cal will face-off at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 from Maloney Field on the Stanford University campus.

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