February 26, 2012

Oregon Edges Cal With Final Defensive Stop

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon lacrosse team was victorious over Cal, 10-9 in their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opener Sunday afternoon at Pape' Field in Eugene.

The Ducks (2-2, 1-0 MPSF) took a 6-4 advantage into the intermission, but Megan Takacs moved the Bears (1-2, 1-1 MPSF) to within one with a goal at 27:04 in the second half.

Oregon got the goal back after sophomore Shannon Propst found the back of the net to put the Ducks back up by two at 7-5.

Both squads traded goals before Takacs tied the match up at 8-8 off the assist by Alexa Rozelle with 13:02 to go in the final stanza.

But the Ducks regained the lead with goals by sophomore Nikki Puszcz and junior Kate Cathell.

Takacs, who had the hot hand for the Bears during the match, tallied her game-high fifth goal of the contest with six minutes of play left.

Needing to milk the clock to secure the win, the Ducks looked to sophomore Caroline Federighi to keep the Bears from scoring again. Federighi was successful up until there was 42 seconds left in the match when she was triple teamed by three Cal defenders, causing her to lose the ball.

With the ball in their possession with those 42 seconds left on the clock the Bears looked to Takacs, who was heavily covered by the Ducks and could not get a shot to tie the match up, giving Oregon the 10-9 win.

UO's goal production was almost evenly spread with Propst and Puszcz leading the attack with two apiece. Jana Drummond, Kristina Barrett, Jess Drummond, Dom Christiansen, Cathell and Sami Kiser all added one.

Barrett and Ja. Drummond also added one assist to their stat line.

The Bears took more shots than the Ducks, winning that category, 25-19, but Federighi (2-2) came up big in goal for Oregon saving 13 of those shots to earn the victory. Megan McGinnis (1-2) was credited with the loss in her eight-save performance.

UO returns to the road for their next competition, facing Northwestern on Mar. 3 at 10 a.m. (PT) in Evanston, Ill.

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