# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year’s host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday’s semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday’s Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.
# 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.
COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.
OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.
USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year’s MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.
After a successful weekend sweep of their opponents in the Bay Area, the Oregon Ducks return home for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches. Oregon will play host to the 12th-ranked Stanford Cardinal at 5 p.m. (PT) on Friday, April 11, at Papé Field in another Pac-12 Networks televised match. UO will then wrap up its short two-game homestand with UC Davis at 1 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, April 13.
Heading into this weekend’s matchup, the Ducks are third in the conference behind Denver and USC who are both 5-0. The Ducks, Pioneers and Trojans are the only three teams unbeaten in MPSF play.
Oregon is riding a three-game winning streak heading into Friday’s showdown with the Cardinal. In those three games, UO has outscored its opponents 45-19 and have outscored its opponents 53-17 in conference play.
The Ducks have also enjoyed playing in the confines of Papé Field, outscoring their opponents 49-16. UO has netted 32 goals in the first half compared to its opponent’s five goals. However, the Ducks have only outscored their foes in the second half 17-11.
FEDERIGHI NAMED DEFENSIVE POW
After going 2-0 on the road against Cal and St. Mary’s, Caroline Federighi was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Defensive Player of the Week. Federighi joins Propst as the only other player to earn the honor for UO this season.
The Pleasanton, Calif., native posted a 6.66 goals against average during the two-game stretch, tallying seven saves in 99:03 minutes of action between the pipes and allowed just 11 saves.
Federighi also helped herself on the defensive end, scooping up six groundballs (three each game) and caused a pair of turnovers against the Gaels.
This is the second player of the week honor for Federighi. She earned her first accolade last season on April 22.
THE CARDINAL RULE
The Oregon Ducks will be back in the limelight on Friday, April 11, at Papé Field when they take on No. 12 Stanford in a Pac-12 Networks televised match at 5 p.m. (PT). The Cardinal leads the all-time series, 9-3, with Stanford winning the last meeting, 15-8, at Stanford.
Stanford took down three ranked teams this season, all on the road. The Cardinal first defeated No. 11 Towson (8-7) in overtime, No. 14 Georgetown (11-10) in double overtime two days later and then took down No. 6 Notre Dame (11-10) later in the same month.
The Cardinal were riding a six-match winning streak until they fell to unranked Denver in conference play last week, 13-12. Stanford however rebounded two days later with a 13-5 victory over Colorado at home.
Stanford boasts a roster with six players with 14-plus goals on the season and is led by Hannah Farr who has netted 20 goals this season to go along with her 22 ground balls and 21 draw controls. Rachel Ozer is second on the team with 18 goals but leads the team in total points with 27 thanks to her nine assists.
Lyndsey Munoz captains the Cardinal defense as the starting goalkeeper. The senior has tallied 55 saves on the year in 608:25 minutes of action, allowing 92 goals on the year with a 9.07 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
The Ducks are set to entertain the Aggies of UC Davis at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at Papé Field to close out their two-game homestand before hitting the road. UC Davis comes into Sunday’s matchup with a 6-6 overall record and a 1-4 mark in conference play.
The Aggies enjoyed a hot start to the season going 5-0 before dropping six of their last seven games, including an 0-4 record in conference play during that stretch.
Elizabeth Landry leads UCD with 33 goals, 12 assist for 45 points and also leads the team with 49 draw controls. Melissa Kellan (22g, 4a) Carly Voris (20g, 1a, 27gb, 26dc, 13ct), Ellie Delich (15g, 6a, 15gb, 14dc) and Mary Doyle (10g, 2a, 27gb, 31dc, 17ct) rounds out the top five scorers for the Aggies.
Kai Murphy has started 10-of-11 matches for UC Davis, accumulating 63 saves with an 8.55 goals against average and posts a 6-3 mark while playing 477:08 minutes in between the pipes. Jordan Maika has played in seven games for UCD, starting in two, allowing 45 goals in 229:27 of action while collecting 22 saves.
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.
The Washington Huskies host the Oregon Ducks in a PNCLL lacrosse match between two big PAC 12 schools. Oregon starts fast and lead 6-1 at the end of first quarter. They hold a six goal lead at halftime before the Huskies stage a huge comeback in the second half. The Huskies pull within two goals in the last minutes of the game, but Oregon holds on to win 14-12.
The Oregon Ducks travel to Canada to take on the Simon Fraser Clansmen in a traditional PNCLL rivalry game. SFU jumps out to a 3-0 lead before the Ducks tie the game at 3 all at the end of the first quarter. SFU holds a 6-4 lead midway through the third quarter. Then the Clansmen go on a five goal run and take a 15-5 win to claim first place in the PNCLL
After a two-week hiatus, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team is finally back in action after a quick 2-0 start to open the 2014 season. The Ducks head east once more to resume play, kicking off with Temple on March 1 at 10 a.m. (PST) in Philadelphia, before traveling to Moon Township, Pa., for a battle with Robert Morris on March 3 at 9 a.m. (PST).
FACING THE OWLS
The Owls of Temple University await the Oregon Ducks for their March 1 match at Geasey Field. The two teams are currently locked in a tie at 1-1 in the series history with Temple winning the most recent battle, 14-12, in 2012.
The Owls are currently 1-2 on the season and have dropped two matches since winning their season opener against St. Joseph’s, 11-7. Temple fell to in-city rival La Salle, 7-4, before dropping its match at Cornell, 17-9.
Temple returns three players with double-digit goals last season in Jaymie Tabor (27), Rachel Schwaab (23) and Kelly Syphard (10). Tabor currently leads the team with five goals while Schwaab and Nicole Tiernan, a member of last year’s A-10 All-Rookie team, are tied at second with four goals each.
Defensively, the Owls have allowed 10.33 goals per game with opponents posting a .500 shooting percentage. Conversely, Oregon has a shooting percentage of .544 while opponents are just shooting .375 percent.
Temple was picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the 2014 Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Owls will be playing in the Big East Conference for the first time this season, after leaving the Atlantic-10 at the end of last season.
The Colorado State University men’s lacrosse team opens its season this weekend at the first annual Lax Coaches vs. Cancer event in Palm Desert, CA. The Rams, ranked #1 in the MCLA preseason poll, will face the #12 Grand Canyon Antelopes and #8 Oregon Ducks on Friday evening and Sunday morning respectively.
It’s the first ever match-up between CSU and Grand Canyon, a team in its second year competing in MCLA Division I after several seasons at the Division II level. Meanwhile, the Rams and the Ducks will renew acquaintances for the first time since the 2008 season.
As a first-time event, Lax Coaches vs. Cancer puts some of the top programs in the MCLA on display this weekend, including #2 Colorado, #4 BYU, #5 Chapman and #10 Boston College. 11 total games highlight the action from Thursday through Sunday afternoon and all proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.
All games will take place at the Hovley Soccer Park, 74735 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA. Admission is free, although donations to the ACS are accepted and encouraged. CSU’s Sunday morning game will be streamed live online by The Lacrosse Network.
Both GCU and Oregon were MCLA national tournament participants in 2013 and both were bounced by BYU in the first and second rounds respectively. Grand Canyon has yet to play a game this year while Oregon heads into the weekend at 2-0 prior to their Friday tilt against BYU.