March 6, 2011

Ten-Goal Second Half Leads Oregon Over Cincinnati

from press release

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Oregon lacrosse team jumped ahead early and pulled away with a big second half to cruise to a 16-5 win at Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Ducks (3-2) got a season-high five points out of Alex Breiner (two goals, three assists) while Jana Drummond and Nikki Puszcz tallied four goals apiece to send UO to its third win in the last four games.

Puszcz opened the scoring at the 5:28 mark and Shannon Propst gave Oregon a two-goal lead 1:42 later. A minute and a half after that, Drummond converted a feed from Breiner to make it 3-0 with less than nine minutes gone by in the opening stanza.

The score remained 3-0 until Cincinnati’s Maddie Fink got the Bearcats on the board midway through the first half to make it 3-1. Oregon responded by scoring the next three goals with tallies by Breiner, Maggie Kovacs and Drummond to open up its largest lead of the first half at 6-1. Cincinnati scored the final two goals of the period, a rally capped by a goal from Natalie Starvaggi with 57 seconds remaining, to make it a 6-3 game at halftime.

UO regained its five-goal advantage less than five minutes into the second half as Ashley Inman poured in one of her two goals of the afternoon just 1:04 into the frame and Drummond’s third goal of the contest gave the Ducks an 8-3 lead at the 4:26 mark.

After a Cincinnati tally by Laura Simaski brought the Bearcats within four, the Ducks scored five unanswered goals to put the contest away. Breiner scored off a Kate Cathell pass to start the onslaught and her marker was followed by goals from Jana Drummond, Puszcz, Jess Drummond and Puszcz again to make it 13-4 midway through the final period.

The Bearcats got to within 13-5, but Oregon closed out the game with the final three goals, two of which came in the final minute. Jessie Esteban scored her first career goal in the game-capping flurry.

Oregon dominated the game statistically, outshooting Cincinnati, 36-11, and holding a 16-7 advantage in draw controls. The Ducks also edged the Bearcats in groundballs, 22-19, and won the turnover battle by forcing 20 miscues against 17 of their own.

Salliebeth Finnegan picked up her third win of the season by stopping two of five shots in the first half. Caroline Federighi played goal in the second half and stopped one of three shots that came her way.

The Ducks return home for a game against William and Mary on March 11 at Pape’ Field. Game time is at 5 p.m.

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