April 17, 2011

Oregon Flashes Depth on Both Sides of Field

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon lacrosse team flexed its depth at both ends of the field in a dominant 19-7 win over UC Davis at Pape’ Field on Senior Day Sunday.

Five UO (7-7, 4-1 Mountain Pacific) recorded hat tricks and the seven goals allowed are the second-fewest yielded by the Ducks this season. Even more impressive was that the defensive effort was less than half of UC Davis’ nation-leading scoring average (16.67 goals per game entering Sunday).

Bina Barrett led a balanced Oregon attack with six points (three goals, three assists), Alex Breiner finished with five points (three goals, two assists) in her final game at Pape’ Field, Jana Drummond tallied four points (three goals, one assist) while Jess Drummond and Ashley Inman poured in three goals apiece. Shannon Propst also recorded three points on one goal and two assists in the win.

Oregon honored seniors Alex Breiner and Anna Swicklik prior to their final game at Pape’ Field and then it was on to business for the Ducks. After taking the opening draw control, Oregon patiently held the ball in the early going. Bina Barrett tallied an unassisted goal to get the Ducks on the board with 3:31 expired and Jana Drummond converted a Nikki Puszcz feed nearly two and a half minutes later to make it a 2-0 game.

With 7:30 gone by, Rachael Martinez put the Aggies within one by converting on a free position shot. That goal brought the game to its closest score the rest of the way as the Ducks tallied the next eight goals to open up a 10-1 lead with 7:18 left in the opening stanza. Hayley Milner started the onslaught by tallying a free-position goal and Jess Drummond scored 18 seconds later to make it a three-goal game. Maggie Kovacs tallied the next two UO goals and the run was capped by goals from Breiner, Propst, Jess Drummond and Barrett.

The Aggies did tally the last two goals of the first half, cutting their deficit to 10-3 at halftime. The Ducks dominated in every facet in the opening frame, edging the Aggies in shots (21-7), ground balls (8-3), draw controls (9-5) and turnovers (8-2) in the first 30 minutes of play.

Oregon created a running clock the rest of the way by scoring the first six goals of the second half. The Ducks’ lead reach 13-3 on a Breiner tally with 24:43 left in the game. The gap stayed double digits the rest of the way and UO led by as many as 13 goals on two occasions.

The 19 goals are a season best for Oregon and the total was achieved thanks to a 35-22 advantage in shots, a 15-11 margin in ground balls, an 18-10 UO advantage in draw controls and a 13-11 mark in turnovers.

Salliebeth Finnegan got the start in goal and stopped six of 10 shots in 45:19 in the crease. Caroline Federighi played the final 14:41 and stopped four of the seven shots that came her way.

Oregon has one game remaining in its regular season, a battle for MPSF tournament seeding at Denver on Saturday.

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