Winners of two-straight games, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team now puts its streak on the line in Columbus, Ohio, where they will face No. 17 Ohio State and Cincinnati before starting conference play. The Ducks open with the Buckeyes on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. (PT) and then follow with a 9 a.m. (PT) faceoff with the Bearcats on Sunday, March 30.
The Ducks face their first ranked opponent in No. 17 Ohio State to start their four-game road swing on Wednesday, March 26. The Buckeyes are 6-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference play, but boasts an impressive 5-1 mark at home when playing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Wednesday’s matchup between the two universities will be the first in program history.
Ohio State enjoyed a four-game winning streak – that included an 11-10 upset of then-No. 4 Northwestern – before dropping its game to No. 4 Florida this past Saturday.
Katie Chase leads Ohio State with 23 goals while Mary Kate Facchina and Kaila Gottlick each have 17 goals. Cian Dabrowski has 16 goals on the year while Jennifer Poretto has 14 goals and Kelsea Ayers with 11 goals.
Tori DeScenza has started all 10 games for Ohio State in the crease, posting an 8.47 goals against average with 6.70 saves per game, good for third in the American Lacrosse Conference.
FACING THE BEARCATS
The Ducks wrap up their non-conference schedule four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Oregon faces Cincinnati at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 30. The Bearcats, winners of five-straight matches, are 6-3 overall on the year and 3-0 when playing at Sheakley Athletics Center.
Oregon leads the all-time series between the two schools, 4-0, with its last victory in Cincinnati coming in March 6, 2011.
Cincinnati has five players with double-digit goals as well as double-digit points. Courtney Curtis leads that pack with 18 goals on seven assists for a total of 25 points while Ashley Helmrath leads the team with 27 points on 14 goals and 13 assists. Michelle Platz is third on the team with 13 goals while Taylor Young and Megan Bell has 12 goals each on the year.
The Bearcats’ Meg Gulmi has started in all nine games and has allowed 78 goals while stopping 41 for a .345 saves percentage.
Both UC and UO have won it’s matches against three similar opponents – Stetson, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian – but the margin of victory between the two squads in those three games have been quite different. The Ducks outscored the three schools 66-9 while the Bearcats only outscored those squads 45-22.