Dominant First Half Pushes Oregon Past JU
from press release
EUGENE, Ore. – Another explosive
offensive display in the first half propelled the Oregon lacrosse
team to a 15-9 win over Jacksonville at Pape’ Field on
The Ducks (2-1) outscored the Dolphins (3-2), 11-3, in the first half and five players recorded multiple points in their second-straight victory.
Bina Barrett led UO with her third-straight multi-point outing with six points on three goals and three assists. The junior now has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in Oregon’s first three games.
Alex Breiner returned to the lineup by tallying her first four goals of the season, including the game-winning goal, to move her into fourth on the school’s career scoring list with 86 career goals. She also led the Ducks with seven shots. Oregon also got four-point days out of Jana Drummond (three goals and one assist) and Shannon Propst (two goals and two assists) and a three-point effort from Nikki Puszcz (two goals and one assist).
It took nearly seven minutes for either team to get on the board, but Puszcz got Oregon rolling 6:59 when she converted a feed from Barrett to give UO the lead. Dominique Christiansen made it 2-0 Oregon 27 seconds later with her first goal of the year.
The score remained 2-0 until the 14:30 mark when Puszcz found Drummond in transition for her first goal of the day. It was 4-0 less than two minutes later when Propst set Barrett with a nice centering feed at the 16:12 mark.
The teams traded goals over the next six tallies before the Ducks broke a 7-3 game open with four-straight tallies to close the first half. Drummond started the onslaught with her third of the first half, Barrett curled around the crease for her second tally of the day and Breiner fired one home to make it 10-3 with just over a minute left.
Perhaps the most impressive Oregon sequence occurred in the final minute of the first half when Propst tracked down Jacksonville’s Kaylee Quint at midfield, scooped up the groundball and fired a shot into the net with two seconds remaining to make it 11-3 at halftime.
Oregon’s 11 goals came on 14 shots and the Ducks held a remarkable 13-2 advantage in draw controls in the opening 30 minutes of play.
The Dolphins scored two goals in the first two minutes of the second half to pull within six, but the Ducks answered with the next three tallies, two by Breiner and another by Barrett, to take a commanding 14-5 lead with 14 minutes to play. Propst capped Oregon’s scoring with her second of the afternoon with 7:56 remaining.
The Ducks outshot the Dolphins, 28-24, in the game and owned a 20-6 advantage in draw controls. Ground balls were nearly even, with JU holding a slim 19-18 edge.
Salliebeth Finnegan earned her second win of the year by making two first-half saves before giving way to Caroline Federighi, who turned aside four shots.
Oregon heads on the road for two games next week and is back in action on March 4 when it takes on Louisville.