Led by Breiner and Drummond, the Ducks return the top four scorers — and seven of their top eight — from an offense that scored 212 goals. That total was third-most in school history and an average of 11.78 per game.
“We have experienced players who are ready to just go out and own it,” Drummond (43 goals, 6 assists) said.
The 2010 season went south in a hurry for the Oregon lacrosse team, finally ending with a late-game collapse in a loss to UC Davis in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament last May.Hours after that 13-11 defeat, the Oregon players gathered in a hotel room in Denver, not so much to rehash the negativity of their once-promising season that had just ended, but to look ahead and vow to get better.“We started a brand new season right there,” Duck senior midfielder Alex Breiner said.“The mentality we have this year is what changes everything.”Oregon will put that new attitude to the test on Feb. 20 in its 2011 season opener, against Hofstra on Papé Field at 1 p.m. It will be the Ducks’ first chance to move past their forgettable 2010 season when they posted a losing record (7-11) for the first time since their inaugural year in 2005.“Last year we came out pretty strong and with a positive attitude, but a lot of stuff within the team happened, some unfortunate things happened, and we kind of just kept a negative attitude,” said Breiner, declining to get into specifics.