April 14, 2013

Oregon Notches Key MPSF Win Over St. Mary's

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman Carly O'Connell set a school-record with 10 draw controls and the Oregon Ducks cruised to a 19-9 win over Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon in Eugene.

Oregon climbs back to the .500 mark (7-7) with the win and is 2-3 in conference play. Saint Mary's fell to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

O'Connell's 10 draw controls broke the previous mark of eight, set by Jen May in 2005. In addition, O'Connell scored three goals and added an assist. She was one of four players who posted a hat-trick on Senior Day in Eugene; Hayley Milner finished with a game-high four goals, Shannon Propst scored three and handed out four assists and Nikki Puszcz punched home two goals and added two assists.

For Propst, it was the second-straight game where she recorded seven points. She scored five goals and had two assists in Wednesday's (April 10) win at Fresno State.

Oregon scored six of the game's first seven goals to grab a 6-1 edge just over nine minutes into the game. O'Connell and Propst accounted for four of the team's first six goals.

Saint Mary's mounted a comeback, however. Over the next 11 minutes, the Gaels went on a 5-2 run to cut the Oregon lead to two, 8-6, with 8:41 left in the first half.

But Oregon responded with a critical 6-0 run to push the lead back to eight, 14-6, with 28:27 left in the game. The 6-0 run was sparked by Ashley Inman, who scored the first goal of the run with 6:57 left in the opening half. Milner, Propst, two Puszcz goals and O'Connell accounted for the other five. The first of Puszcz's two goals during the run gave the Ducks a 12-6 lead heading into the locker room.

Oregon's healthy eight-goal lead at the 28:27 mark in the second half was never really challenged by the Gaels the rest of the way. Saint Mary's pulled to within seven (15-8) when Jillian Chong scored a goal with 10:23 to go but could not draw any closer.

Two Milner goals and one by Holly Johnson, the first goal of her collegiate career, highlighted a 4-1 Oregon run to close the game.

Oregon's 19 goals were season-high. O'Connell's record-setting draw control number were 10 of 22 for the day for the Ducks. Saint Mary's managed just eight. Oregon out-shot the Gaels, 31-24 as well.

Junior goalie Caroline Federighi made eight saves for Oregon in her 38:41 minutes of action. Senior Salliebeth Finnegan made two saves in 21:19 minutes of play.

Today's victory over Saint Mary's marked the final home regular season game for six Oregon seniors — Inman, Finnegan, Kate Cathell, Maggie Kovacs, Bridget Morrison and Dominique Christiansen.

The Ducks, who are still alive in the race for a spot in the 2013 MPSF Tournament, have three regular season games remaining, all of them coming on the road. Oregon plays at No. 15 Stanford on Friday (April 19) at 5 p.m. and face UC Davis a week from today (April 21) at 1 p.m. The Ducks wrap up the regular season on April 26 at No. 12 Denver at 4 p.m.

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