Ducks Set To Face Cal Friday In Berkeley

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s lacrosse team will begin its final road trip of the regular season on Friday with a showdown against California at 5 p.m. PT at California Memorial Stadium. 

Game Details
Matchup: Oregon (1-8, 1-4) at California (2-9, 0-5)
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Venue: California Memorial Stadium
Start Time: 5:00 p.m. PT
Live Stream: https://pac-12.com/live/university-california-3
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=342399&vislive=ore

Did You Know?
Sophomore Hanna Hilcoff is the only player in the Pac-12 and the only underclassman in the nation this season with at least 25 goals and at least 35 draw controls. Hilcoff grabbed a season-high nine draw controls on Sunday, just one shy of the UO record.

Numbers to Know
13 – Oregon had 13 draw controls on Sunday vs. USC, winning the draw control battle (13-11) for the first time this season.
27 – Hanna Hilcoff ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 with 27 goals through nine games; she has scored multiple goals in 14 of 16 career games.
55 – Hanna Hilcoff (27), Lillian Stump (18) and Morgan McCarthy (10) have combined to score 55 of Oregon’s 83 total goals (66.3%).
96 – Senior Alle Dunbar is No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 11 in the NCAA with 96 total saves through nine games.

Ducks Go For Season Sweep Vs. Cal
The Ducks picked up their first win of the 2021 season on March 20 vs. California, and Chelsea Hoffmann‘s squad will go for the season sweep of the Golden Bears on Friday in Berkeley. UO downed Cal 14-9 last month in Eugene behind five goals from sophomore sensation Hanna Hilcoff, who was one of four Ducks to score multiple goals and one of seven to find the back of the net overall. The offensive attack was aided by an impressive day from Oregon’s defense, which caused 14 total turnovers and was led by veteran defenders Olivia Mannon and Rachel Williams. Senior goalie Alle Dunbar was solid in the net, allowing a season-low nine goals with nine saves while seeing 32 total shots.

Series History Vs. California
Oregon’s win over Cal earlier this season extended the Ducks’ lead in the all-time series to 15-9, and UO is 11-3 against the Golden Bears since the start of the 2011 season. Oregon’s last win in Berkeley was a 15-5 victory on April 1, 2016. 

Stanford Game Off, But Ducks Add Fresno State
Oregon’s game at Stanford this Sunday has been canceled due to COVID-19 developments within the Cardinal program, but Chelsea Hoffmann replaced the game with a road contest at Fresno State. Oregon closed the shortened 2020 season with an impressive 20-12 win over Fresno State in Eugene. 

Hilcoff Continues Torrid Start To Career
Hanna Hilcoff made an immediate impact for the Ducks last season as a freshman, and the Jupiter, Fla., native has picked up right where she left off through the first nine games of her sophomore season. Hilcoff ranks third in the Pac-12 with 27 goals and sixth with 38 draw controls, making her the only player in the conference and the only underclassman in the nation with at least 25 goals and at least 35 draw controls. Hilcoff had five goals in the first meeting with California and a season-high six two days later vs. No. 17 Stanford, and she has four games with a hat trick or better. Hilcoff has scored multiple goals in all but one game this season, and 14 of 16 games to open her collegiate career. Hilcoff helped the Ducks win the draw control battle (13-11) for the first time in 2021 on Sunday vs. USC, grabbing a season-high nine draw controls to finish just one shy of the UO single-game record she tied as a freshman. Hilcoff has carried the Oregon offense along with senior Lillian Stump (18 goals) and freshman Morgan McCarthy (10); that trio has combined to account for 66.3 percent (55-of-83) of the Ducks’ total goals.

Last season, Hanna Hilcoff
» Was one of 15 players and one of only three freshmen nationally to record at least 20 goals (22) and 40 draw controls (44).
» Led Oregon and ranked second in the Pac-12 in both goals and draw controls. 
» Became the first freshman to lead Oregon in goals since Shannon Williams in 2016.
» Ranked second nationally among freshmen in draw controls while ranking fourth in goals and sixth in points (26).
» Finished with four hat tricks, headlined by a UO single-game record-tying seven-goal performance in the 2020 finale vs. Fresno State.
» Matched the UO single-game record with 10 draw controls on 2/21/20 at No. 10 Denver. 

Dunbar Racking Up The Saves
Senior goalkeeper Alle Dunbar has been racking up saves through the first nine games of her senior season, ranking third in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation with 96 total after setting a new career-high with 15 on March 28 at USC. Dunbar entered 2021 with a career-high of 12 saves – done in the 2020 season finale – and has bested that mark four times already with last week’s 15-save game, two 14-save showings and one 13-save performance. Dunbar has recorded double-digit saves in five of nine games as a senior, and she is ninth in the NCAA with 10.67 saves per game. Dating back to the 2020 finale vs. Fresno State, Dunbar has recorded 108 total saves in her last 10 games. 

Freshmen Stepping Up
The Ducks have started two true freshmen midfielders – Nakeeya McCardell and Morgan McCarthy – in each of the first nine games of the season, and fellow rookies Lindsay Clarke (6 starts), Haley Cummins (5) and Sydnie Soto (4) have also made multiple appearances in the starting lineup. McCarthy is third on the team with 10 goals and five assists, and she has come on strong recently with four total points in each of the last two games and her first career hat trick on Sunday vs. USC. McCardell is fourth among Ducks with seven goals, and she ranks second with 12 caused turnovers while tying for second with McCarthy in ground balls (14). McCarthy (15) and McCardell (11) have also combined for 26 total draw controls. Clarke has proven to be an offensive weapon as well with five goals and six assists, second-most on the team. The production from the rookie class has been encouraging for a roster that boasts  20 total underclassmen – 12 freshmen and eight sophomores. 

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