March 10, 2012

Oregon Scores in Final Minute to Edge ODU

from press release

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Nikki Puszcz had three of the University of Oregon's 10 goals, but it was sophomore Shannon Propst's goal with 50 seconds left in Saturday's match that gave the Ducks a 10-9 win over Old Dominion University in non-conference action at Pape' Field.

Redshirt junior Dominique Christiansen got the Ducks (3-3) on the board early after she received a pass from Propst to put UO up 1-0.

The Monarchs (1-3) answered back minutes later to tie the match up at 1-1, but Oregon got three unanswered goals from senior Kristina Barrett, Puszcz and sophomore Haley Milner, holding ODU scoreless for 15 minutes before senior Rebecca Hartrum was able to answer to cut into UO's lead, 4-2.

Old Dominion got one more back less than 50 seconds later, bringing the match to 4-3.

The Ducks answered back though with two more goals to take a 6-3 lead into the half.

Oregon opened up the second stanza with senior Jana Drummond finding her sister, Jess Drummond for UO's seventh goal of the match, but the Ducks allowed the Monarchs to tally four straight goals, tying the match up at 7-7 and causing Oregon head coach Jen Larsen-Beck to call a timeout.

Hartrum kept the momentum going for ODU and gave the Monarchs their first lead, 8-7, of the match at 7:49.

The Ducks answered back with a free position goal by Je. Drummond, but this time it was senior Lisa Bernardini that tipped the advantage back to ODU and gave them a 9-8 lead.

Je. Drummond then set up Puszcz for her third goal of the match to tie the match right back up at 9-9.

With time winding down, the Ducks were awarded a free position attempt after a foul by junior Meredith Rogers to set Propst up for the game-winning shot.

In goal, sophomore Caroline Federighi (3-3) notched her third straight double-digit save outing with 10 to earn the win while freshman Karen Hayde (0-1), who replaced Sarah Geary, received her first loss of the season.

In addition to Puszcz's three goals, Oregon received two goals apiece from Propst and Je. Drummond. Ja. Drummond and Propst also added two assists each.

Sarah Wright, Hartrum and Emily Austerberry paced the Monarch scoring with two goals each.

The Ducks are next in action on Mar. 16 as they take on Marist in Portland, Ore. at 4:30 p.m.

NOTES

- The win over Old Dominion gave Oregon their first victory over a Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) member in eight tries (1-7).

- Jana Drummond remains in fifth all-time in points scored with 146.

- With 10 saves in Saturday's match, Caroline Federighi sits in third place all-time with 140 career saves.

- Jess Drummond recorded one ground ball to tie her for fifth all-time with her sister, Jana Drummond.


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