March 21, 2011

Breiner Hat Trick Leads Ducks Over Iona

from press release

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Alex Breiner capped her second hat trick of the season with a goal that put the Oregon lacrosse team ahead for good in an 8-7 win at Iona on Monday.

The victory improves the Ducks to 4-3 this season and 2-1 on the road.

Breiner’s effort was her sixth multi-point outing of the year. Her three points tied for the game high with teammates Bina Barrett , who tallied a goal and two assists, and Maggie Kovacs , who dished out three assists.

“It is great to start the road trip with a victory,” head coach Jen Larsen said. “Now we will quickly change our focus to Dartmouth and prepare ourselves for Wednesday.”

The Gaels opened the scoring on a Caitlyn Collins goal 8:45 in. The IC lead lasted until Jana Drummond fired home a feed from Bina Barrett 1:51 later to even the contest at one apiece.

Those were the only two tallies for the first 16 minutes of the contest. Iona’s Elizabeth Coholan broke the tie at the 16:18 mark off an assist from Casey Scully. The score remained 2-1 Iona until Breiner tallied her first goal of the day on a Kovacs assist with 8:17 to go in the opening frame. Barrett put UO in front for the first time, 3-2, 1:13 later with her 16th goal of the year.

The last minute featured some offensive fireworks as Kovacs set up Jess Drummond for her 14th goal of the year with 54 seconds remaining to put the Ducks up two goals and Iona’s Coholan scored her second of the day with 19 seconds left to make it 4-3 Oregon at the break.

Breiner made it a two-goal lead once again at the 4:44 mark of the second half. Iona’s Brenna Lade evened the score at five apiece with two-straight goals. Just over a minute later, Kovacs found Nikki Puszcz for her ninth goal of the year to make it 6-5 Oregon.

Iona came back once again as Emily Tadei converted a Kylie Gregory feed with 17:30 left to even the contest at 6-6.

The score remained tied until the 18:17 mark when Breiner finished her hat trick with an unassisted tally, putting Oregon ahead again. With under 10 minutes to go, Jana Drummond converted on a free position attempt to give UO breathing room at 8-6.

Iona pulled within a goal with 5:58 remaining on another goal by Collins. The Gaels got a man advantage when Breiner was issued a yellow card with 1:52 remaining, but the Oregon defense held firm to secure the win.

Iona outshot Oregon, 21-13, and held advantages in groundballs (19-15) and draw controls (9-7). Oregon did win the turnover battle, 19-18.

Salliebeth Finnegan got the starting nod in goal and stopped four of seven shots in the first half. Caroline Federighi picked up her first-collegiate win by making two saves in the second half.

The Ducks are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to No. 18 Dartmouth. That game starts at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific).

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