March 30, 2014

Oregon Splits Ohio Trip by Topping Cincinnati

from Press Release

CINCINNATI, Ohio – An 8-0 run that lasted 24:38 minutes lifted the Oregon women's lacrosse team past Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Gettler Stadium. Senior Sami Kiser led the Ducks with a game-high three goals and one assist on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.

The hat-trick also tied Kiser's career-high in goals, it's also the fourth time she has matched that mark in her career.

Saturday's game also saw Katie Marlatt and Holly Johnson make their first-career start in a Duck uniform.

Caroline Federighi recorded nine saves for the second-consecutive game in the crease, pushing her season total to 57 saves.

The Ducks scored five of their nine goals in the first half via the free-position shot and ended the day 5-of-7. The five free-position goals are the second most this season for the Ducks. UO (5-4, 1-0 MPSF) scored eight against Coastal Carolina earlier this year, converting on 8-of-9 free-position shots.

The Ducks were a perfect 13-of-13 on the day in clear opportunities while the Bearcats struggled, clearing just 16-of-24 attempts. Oregon also outshot Cincinnati (6-5, 0-1 Big East) 38-17 in the game.

With the score tied at 2-2 after Cincinnati's Courtney Curtis scored at the 12:45 mark, Oregon went on an offensive rampage that lasted 24:38 minutes. The Ducks scored eight-straight goals during that stretch, while the UO defense kept the Bearcats at bay until Ashley Helmrath found the back of the net with 15:59 left on the clock in the second half.

Cincinnati netted their third-straight goal behind Taylor Young's rocket past Federighi at the 12:27 mark, just 50 seconds after UC's previous goal, to cut the Oregon lead to 10-5.

The score however would remain the same until the buzzer sounded at Gettler Stadium as the Ducks came away with a 10-5 victory and a split in their Ohio road trip.

With her goal in the first half, Shannon Propst is now one point shy of tying Illsa van den Berg's (2006-09) all-time record of 193 and two points away from becoming the Oregon all-time point leader. Propst is also just two goals away from joining teammateNikki Puszcz in becoming only the seventh player in program history to score 100 career goals.

The Ducks now charge into their conference play, beginning with a pair of matches on the road. Oregon first takes on California at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at California Memorial Stadium in a Pac-12 Networks televised match. The Ducks then head over to Moraga, Calif., to continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at St. Mary's on Sunday, April 6, at noon.

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