The Oregon lacrosse team went undefeated in league last season, won its conference tournament, played in its first NCAA postseason game and, in the offseason, got a new 1,000-seat stadium with a state-of-the-art locker room.
In other words, it was the best season in the history of the program followed by the school’s largest financial investment in the team. Oregon squares off against Dartmouth on Saturday at Papé Field in Eugene for just the second time in school history.
Having a new place to call home has invigorated the team, said Puszcz, who prefers the artificial turf at Papé vs. the natural grass at the old field. “We have such good vibes here,” she said. “We come into the locker room every morning and we’re just really amped up. This is our space, this is our new field and we really just want nothing but good things to come from it. It’s just a lot of good energy.” Oegon will have seven straight home games to open the year and then be away for seven of the final 10 before returning home to host the MPSF tournament. Last season, the Ducks ended Stanford’s seven-year reign with their first tournament win.