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Ahlstrom dominant again, Ducks beat Huskies

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EUGENE – Robert Ahlstrom struck out a career-high 11 in seven scoreless innings while Oregon used a pair of big innings to break the game open in an 8-0 win over Washington in game one of a Pac-12 Conference series at PK Park on Friday night.
 
Ahlstrom dominated allowing just four hits while not walking anyone. The Ducks’ lefty held an opponent without a run through seven innings for the third consecutive start. Two weeks ago, Ahlstrom held UCLA to no runs through eight innings, before surrendering three runs in the ninth in a 5-3 win.
 
Last week, the Ducks ace held Washington State, the second-best hitting team in the Pac-12, to no runs through seven innings on just six hits with only one walk.
 
Tonight, Ahlstrom extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings while not giving up a run in 23 of his last 24 innings pitched dating back to a scoreless sixth inning at USC.
 
How It Happened: Ahlstrom had to overcome runners at the corners with no outs situations in both the second and third innings to keep Washington (17-22, 3-13 Pac-12) off the board.
 
After Will Simpson doubled off the center-field wall and Michael Snyder hit a chopper over Sam Novitske’s head at third to put runners at the corners in the second, Ahlstrom (5-3) fanned the next two batters before getting a weak groundout to get out of the inning unscathed.
 
An infield single, wild pitch and Gabe Matthews’ error put runners at the corner again in the third inning forcing Ahlstrom to work his magic once more. This time, the Eugene product stuck out two-hole hitter Braiden Ward before getting Cole Miller to pop out for the second out. Ahlstrom then fanned Simpson, who doubled in his last at-bat, to finish the inning.
 
Ahlstrom, who had five of his 11 strikeouts in the first three innings, cruised from there allowing just one more batter to reach base over his final four innings of work.
 
He struck out the side in the fourth, got a double play and a fly out in the fifth after giving up a lead-off single, before getting 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and the seventh. He struck out two in the sixth and one in the seventh to reach his career high in strikeouts.
 
Oregon’s offense gave Ahlstrom plenty of run support with a three-run inning in the third and with four more runs in the fifth.
 
Sam Novitske led off the third with a walk and moved to second on a Jack Scanlon fly out to the warning track in right field. Gavin Grant followed with a walk, before Tanner Smith delivered a one-out RBI ground-rule double scoring Novitske from second for a 1-0 lead.
 
Kenyon Yovan made it a two-run game with a RBI on a ground out to the shortstop. Gabe Matthews finished the rally with a two-out RBI single scoring Smith for a 3-0 lead.
 
Grant made it a four-run game in the fifth with a leadoff home run, his second career round tripper. After an out, Yovan walked, moved to second on a Matthews’ single and advanced to third to load the bases on an Aaron Zavala hit by a pitch.
 
Josh Kasevich broke the game open with a bases clearing double into the left field gap to give Oregon a 7-0 lead.
 
The Ducks (28-11, 12-7 Pac-12) tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning. After a pair of strikeouts, Scanlon reached on a walk, moved to second when Grant walked and scored on Tanner Smith’s second ground-rule double of the game.
 
Box Score Notes: Ahlstrom lowered his ERA to 2.11 with the seven scoreless innings … He combined with freshmen Isaac Ayon and Rio Britton for his third combined shutout of the season … The other two came at Oregon State on March 12 and at Washington State last Friday … Matthews (2-for-4, RBI, R) drove in his 127th career run, leaving him one shy of tying Mitchell Tolman (2013-15) for second all-time in career RBI at Oregon and two behind Spencer Steer (2017-19) for the career record … His two hits gave him his 15th multi-hit game of the season and the 60th of his career, which is an Oregon record … Kasevich (1-for-4, 3 RBI) tied for the team lead with his 10th multi-RBI game of the season and the 11th of his career … Smith (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 2B) had his 15th multi-hit game of the season and the 29th of his career … He also had his sixth multi-RBI game of the season and the 14th of his career … Grant (2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R) tallied his seventh multi-hit game of the season and the 10th of his career.
 
On Deck: Oregon will look for the series win on Saturday with a 2:05 first pitch. Cullen Kafka (4-2, 2.65) takes the mound for the Ducks while Tyson Guerrero (1-2, 3.23) pitches for Washington.
 

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Sun Sets On Regular Season After Twilight

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EUGENE, Ore. — Olympians and Oregon alums Devon Allen and Johnathan Cabral went 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles Friday, the Bill McChesney Memorial 1,500 delivered two of the top five times in UO history and the Ducks cleaned up in the field events during the Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field.

The last individual event of the night was the men’s 1,500, in which Cooper Teare finished second in 3:35.97 and Cole Hocker was third in 3:36.47. Those times rank third and fourth all-time at Oregon in the event, respectively. Teare led with 400 to go, but Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse had the better lean at the finish to win in 3:35.96 — leading the top seven finishers home ahead of the previous meet record of 3:38.60.

“Looking at Pac-12s, the goal there is to win, win, win,” Teare said of the upcoming conference championship meet. “This was kind of that last fun race where you just get to go from the gun. I’m grateful for the opportunity and grateful to have awesome competition. Now, we switch the mindset a little bit and we go out there to win every race. It’s definitely a different strategy but I think that will play into our hands pretty well.”

The Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on May 7, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Oregon athletes swept the discus with Kiana Phelps winning the women’s event with a throw of 183 feet, 2 inches to match her personal best, and Lucas Ribeiro on the men’s side establishing a new PR of 176-5. Lauri Paredes won the javelin for the Ducks with a heave of 170-9, and Jaida Ross won the shot put with a mark of 52-10.

Paredes and Phelps also were among the 30 seniors honored during a ceremony at Friday’s meet, the last of their careers before the championship season begins. The Pac-12 Championships will be held May 14-16 in Los Angeles, followed by the NCAA Preliminary round later in the month and the NCAA Championships back at Hayward Field on June 9-12.

The Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on May 7, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

“It feels good especially for this time of year because, in the last three seasons, my best throws have come at regionals,” Phelps said. “After every meet, I take the feedback and we incorporate one or two more tweaks in practice that next week. So typically, throws get better and better as the season goes on. I definitely feel like I’m in a good spot going into conference next week and then regionals.”

Allen, the two-time NCAA champion and a 2016 Olympic finalist, made a victorious debut in reimagined Hayward Field by running 13.40 in the 110 hurdles to break his own meet record. Cabral, his UO teammate and fellow Olympic finalist, was second in 13.83.

“We’re standing here so we get it but you have to come see it to believe it,” Allen said of the facility. “It’s pretty awesome. I don’t see why anybody in track and field wouldn’t want to come run here.”

The Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on May 7, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Jasmine Todd also made her return to Eugene on Friday and won the long jump with a leap of 18-7.25 inches, after taking second in the 100 meters in 12.49 seconds.

Tori Sloan of Oregon was second behind Todd in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.25. Alexa Webster gave the Ducks a win in the 100 hurdles in 13.93, Luis Peralta won the men’s 800 in 1:48.82 and Max Vollmer was first in the pole vault at 15-3.


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Walk-Off Homer Gives Ducks Opener

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EUGENE — Terra McGowan’s two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday gave No. 12 Oregon a 2-1, walk-off victory over No. 7 Arizona at Jane Sanders Stadium.

The Ducks (32-13, 10-9 Pac-12) didn’t have a baserunner through six innings. But senior Haley Cruse led off the seventh with a single, and McGowan launched a one-out home run over the netting several dozen feet above the wall in left field to give Oregon the win.

“From the minute our team stepped on the field, I could feel them today,” UO coach Melyssa Lombardi said. “It was taking a little longer than what we wanted on offense. But it was worth the wait.”

Brooke Yanez allowed two hits over seven innings, one of them a solo home run — which seemed, when the seventh inning began, that it was all the Wildcats would need. But McGowan’s homer made a winner of Yanez, and gave the Ducks their fourth victory of the season over a top-10 team.

“The whole year, we’ve really been talking about taking energy from defense to offense,” McGowan said. “Brooke have us that energy the entire game.”

How It Happened: Yanez (17-5) struck out the side on 12 pitches in the first, and pitched around a walk in the second. She allowed a one-out single in the fourth, but her catcher McGowan picked off the runner.

No. 9 hitter Hannah Martinez broke up the shutout in the sixth when she hit a one-out home run to center field. After a mound visit by Lombardi, Yanez retired the next five Wildcats in order to set the stage for Oregon’s rally in the seventh.

“I just told her to keep fighting, and that we’re going to get runs for her,” Lombardi said. “Even when I went to the mound (after the home run), she had a look in her eye.”

Allee Bunker sent a ball to the left-field fence in the bottom of the first, but it was caught at the wall. The Ducks’ bats then went quiet until the seventh, when they produced all the offense they’d need for the win.

Cruse went ahead in the count 3-0 to lead off the inning, took two strikes and then dumped a single into short right field. Bunker laid down a bunt that moved Cruse to second, and McGowan fouled off a pitch down 0-2 before launching her walk-off homer.

“I finally got that inside pitch,” she said. “And I just turned on it. I was sitting in, but I was really hacking at anything close in that at-bat.”

Notable: Oregon won when trailing after six innings for the first time since a May 27, 2018 Super Regional win over Kentucky … The Ducks improved to 6-0 on the season in one-run games … The Ducks won on a walk-off for the third time this season while McGowan delivered her first career walk-off hit … She extended her hitting streak to seven games by finishing 1-for-3 … Yanez delivered her 10th complete-game win of the season.

On Deck: The Ducks and Wildcats will play at doubleheader Saturday on Pac-12 Networks beginning at 2 p.m.


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Ducks Face Alabama in NCAA First Round

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EUGENE, Ore. – In first-round action of the NCAA Championship, the Oregon men’s tennis team takes on Alabama Saturday morning at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. First serve is scheduled for 9 a.m. (PT). The Ducks are making their eighth NCAA appearance in program history and fifth under head coach Nils Schyllander.
 
“Our mindset all season has been one of an NCAA Tournament team,” Schyllander said. “It’s the level we play at and it’s the level we expect, and it carries over to anyone coming into the program, as well. For the last five years, this has been the norm. The Ducks expect to play in the postseason.”
 
Along with Oregon and Alabama, the Waco site also features Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-4) and No. 2 overall seed Baylor (29-4). The host Bears are the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
 
Oregon posted a 16-6 record during the 2021 dual season, and enter the national tournament off a 4-3 win over Utah in consolation play at the Pac-12 Tournament. In that match, senior Emmanuel Coste had the clinching point with a three-set win at No. 1 singles.
 
The Ducks are No. 37 in the latest Oracle ITA national rankings, a season-high spot for the team. Coste is one of five Oregon players with double-digit wins in singles play, paced by Jesper Klöv-Nilsson with a 17-3 record. No current UO player was part of the program’s most recent NCAA appearance in 2018.
 
“This means so much to me,” Coste said. “I’m not going to use my fifth year and last year was cut short so I’m really happy to get to play in the NCAA Tournament my senior year. All the little things and work we put in got us here.”
 
In the national player rankings, Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele are the No. 50 doubles team in the country. The UO pair is 9-3 this year with a 5-1 mark in conference play. Coste and Klöv-Nilsson have a team-high 12 wins as a doubles team this season.
 
Oregon in the NCAA Tournament
1998
First Round: UCSB 4, Oregon 0
 
2000
First Round: Fresno State 4, Oregon 0
 
2004
First Round: Vanderbilt 4, Oregon 0
 
2014*
First Round: NC State 4, Oregon 2
 
2016*
First Round: Oregon 4, Tulsa 1
Second Round: Oklahoma 4, Oregon 2
 
2017*
First Round: Oregon 4, Memphis 2
Second Round: Texas A&M 4, Oregon 0
 
2018*
First Round: Oregon 4, Dartmouth 0
Second Round: TCU 4, Oregon 0
 
* – under head coach Nils Schyllander
 
Saturday’s match will be just the third meeting between Oregon and Alabama. The teams split the two previous meetings with the Crimson Tide winning the first in 2006 and the Ducks taking the most recent, a 4-0 victory in 2015.
 
Alabama carries a 14-11 record into the NCAA Tournament; the Tide was 5-7 in SEC play. Ranked No. 26 in this week’s ITA poll, has three top-70 players including No. 43 Edson Ortiz who earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship. In doubles play, Patrick Kaukovalta and Riccardo Roberto are the No. 23 team in the country.
 
For more news and information about the Ducks, follow @OregonMTennis on Instagram and Twitter, and @OregonMensTennis on Facebook.

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Ducks Host Oregon Twilight on Friday

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EUGENE, Ore. – In its final meet before the postseason, the Oregon track and field team will host the Oregon Twilight Friday at Hayward Field. Field events begin at 2:45 p.m. (PT) while running events start at 6 p.m. The program will also feature a Senior Day recognition, slated for a 7 p.m. start.
 
Oregon Twilight – Friday, May 7
Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Live Stream | Live Results
 
The Field
Oregon, Adams State, Alaska Anchorage, Bushnell, BYU, Eastern Oregon, Furman, Lane CC, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Pacific U, Portland, Portland State, Southern Oregon, Utah, Villanova, Warner Pacific, Washington State, Western Oregon
 
Bowerman Trio Holds Steady
As announced Thursday (May 6), the UO trio of Cole Hocker, Charlie Hunter and Cooper Teare continued its run on The Bowerman Watch List. All three men are entered in Friday’s loaded field for the McChesney 1,500 meters. NCAA 60-meter champions Micah Williams and Kemba Nelson are both receiving votes in the latest update to the men’s and women’s watch lists.
 
Ducks in the NCAA Top 10
Oregon enters the weekend with 13 top-10 national performances, five of which came from last weekend at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Heading into Friday’s 1,500 meters, Cole Hocker leads the NCAA in the 5,000 meters at 13:19.98 and ranks fifth nationally in the 800 meters (1:46.60).
 
Men
100 Meters – 3. Micah Williams – 10.03*
800 Meters – 5. Cole Hocker – 1:46.60
800 Meters – 10. Charlie Hunter – 1:47.21
5,000 Meters – 1. Cole Hocker – 13:19.98*
5,000 Meters – 2. Cooper Teare – 13:20.24
4x100m Relay – 7. Micah Williams/Gaston Bouchereau/Rieker Daniel/Xavier Nairne – 39.02*
High Jump – 5. Ben Milligan – 2.25m/7-4.5*
Decathlon – 6. Max Vollmer – 7,695 points*
 
Women
100 Meters – 3. Kemba Nelson – 11.08*
200 Meters – 4. Kemba Nelson – 22.79*
5,000 Meters – 10. Carmela Cardama Baez – 15:36.41
10,000 Meters – 8. Carmela Cardama Baez – 32:57.01
4x100m Relay – 3. Jadyn Mays/Kemba Nelson/Jasmin Reed/Danyel White – 42.97
 
* – leads the Pac-12; UO also leads the conference in the men’s 200 meters (Micah Williams – 20.47) and women’s long jump (Alysah Hickey – 6.47m/21-2.75)
 
In the Rankings
For a second-consecutive week, the Men of Oregon are the No. 3 team in the country in this week’s release (May 3) of the USTFCCCA national poll. The Ducks are the top-ranked team from the Pac-12, just ahead of No. 4 USC. In the women’s poll, Oregon is down a spot to No. 13 in the nation and third among conference schools behind No. 5 USC and No. 12 UCLA.
 
Once a Duck…
Nine past UO standouts are scheduled to compete Friday at the Oregon Twilight including school-record holders Devon Allen and Jasmine Todd. The 110-meter hurdles will feature Allen and Johnathan Cabral, both Olympians from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
Men
Devon Allen – 110m Hurdles
Johnathan Cabral – 110m Hurdles
Marcus Chambers – 400 Meters
Grant Grosvenor – 800 Meters
Chris Stubbs – 100 Meters
Daniel Winn – 1,500 Meters
 
Women
Susan Ejore – 800 Meters
Kylee O’Connor – 400 Meters
Jasmine Todd – 100 Meters, Long Jump
 
Updating the UO Top 10
The Ducks added five top-10 programs during last weekend’s meets at the OSU High Performance in Corvallis and Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Among those listed, Lauri Paredes is scheduled to compete Friday. Collectively, the Men and Women of Oregon have added 23 top-10 program marks during the outdoor campaign.
 
Men’s 100 Meters
#3 – Micah Williams – 10.03
 
Men’s 200 Meters
#10 – Jacoby McNamara – 20.66 (was already 10th, just improved PR)
 
Women’s 100m Hurdles
#3 – Emily Sloan – 13.04
 
Women’s 4x100m Relay
#7 – Jadyn Mays/Kemba Nelson/Jasmin Reed/Danyel White – 42.97
 
Women’s Javelin
#5 – Lauri Paredes – 51.76m/169-9
 
Postseason Schedule
May 14-16 – Pac-12 Championships (Los Angeles, Calif.)
May 26-29 – NCAA West Preliminary (College Station, Texas)
June 9-12 – NCAA Championships (Eugene, Ore.)
 
For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 

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Gueant, Moriyama Earn Pac-12 Postseason Honors

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A pair of Oregon players earned Pac-12 postseason honors, as Tom Gueant earned second-team recognition and Yuki Moriyama was named to the all-newcomer team the conference announced Thursday. Moriyama also earned honorable mention all-conference recognition while Owen Avrit and Nate Stember were named honorable mention all-newcomers.
 
Gueant led the team with a 71.54 scoring average and shot par or better in 17 of his 28 rounds this season while shooting in the 60s five times. He turned in three top-10 finishes – after having just two in his career prior to this year – and delivered a counting score in all but one round this season.
 
The native of France turned in back-to-back third-place finishes at the Duck Invitational and The Goodwin on the way to earning Pac-12 Golfer of the Month honors. He matched an Oregon program record with an 8-under 62 in the final round of The Goodwin to finish the week 9 under and just a shot out of a playoff. Earlier that week, Gueant led the way for the Ducks with a third-place finish at 3 under in the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club.
 
Moriyama finished second on the team with a 71.86 scoring average and led the team with 105 birdies and 13 under par rounds. He really hit his stride over the last seven events of the season, posting a 70.95 scoring average and five top-20 finishes over that stretch. Moriyama also delivered a counting score in all 28 rounds this year.
 
In his most recent start, Moriyama turned in a career week by finishing in third at the Pac-12 Championships. The freshman shot under par in all four rounds and held the lead for a significant stretch of time in the event on the way to finishing 15 under and a shot out of a playoff. He also turned in a top-10 finish at the Bandon Dunes Championship in March by shooting 2 under for the event to place tied for 10th.
 
Stember and Avrit finished third and fourth, respectively, on the team in scoring average and received all-newcomer honorable mention recognition. Stember heads into the postseason with a 72.61 scoring average while Avrit posted a 73.14 stroke average in his first season as a Duck. Both posted a pair of top 20s and a top 10.

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Soccer Signs Six

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s soccer will welcome six new players for the fall 2021 season head coach Graeme Abel announced Thursday.
 
The six signees include three international players and three from California. Joining the team in the fall will be Californians Alice Barbieri (San Jose), Maddy Goldberg (Pleasanton) and Kaitlyn Paculba (Huntington Beach), as well as Kess Elmore (Liverpool) and Anna Phillips (Bolton) from England and Australian Lara Kirkby (Adelaide).
 
Barbieri, Elmore and Paculba are forwards, Kirkby is a midfielder, Phillips plays center back and Goldberg is a goalkeeper. Elmore is a graduate transfer from Connecticut while the other five signees are freshmen.
 
“We are extremely excited to add this class to our program,” said Abel. “It gives a great mix of technical ability and athleticism. We needed to add depth and additional quality to our roster and feel as though we have really found it. We can’t wait for Kess, Alice, Anna, Maddy, Kaitlyn and Lara to arrive on campus!”
 
They will join a team this fall that returns 10 starters from a squad that went 6-5-5 last season and set a program record with a 0.69 goals against average.
 
Alice Barbieri
Fr., 5-10, M, San Jose, Calif., Leigh High School; Club Team: Mountain View Los Altos SC
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Led Leigh High School to a conference title and a state championship game appearance … A two-time selection for the all-District Team (one first team, one second team) … Twice named to the Central Coast Section first team … Led Mountain View Los Altos SC in assists and was second in goals … Twice selected for the Elite Clubs National League player development program.
 
PERSONAL
Born in San Jose, Calif. … Parents are Arianna Caliari and Alessandro Barbieri … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was impressed by the amount of effort that is put into taking care of student-athletes, both on the academic side as well as on the athletic side. I was also very impressed by the playing style and how the players were always ready to improve every time they stepped on the field. The facilities were an amazing representation of how Oregon treats their athletes.”
 
Kess Elmore
Sr., 5-5, F, Liverpool, England, Formby High School / Connecticut; Club Team: Liverpool Ladies FC
 
BEFORE OREGON
Scored 12 goals with seven assists for 31 points over four years at Connecticut … Has six career game-winning goals … 56 career games played with 38 starts … Scored three goals in the 2020-21 season (two game-winners) … Named to the 2019 American Athletic Conference Second Team after leading the Huskies in goals (four), assists (six) and points (14) … Ranked seventh in the AAC in assists … Tallied a goal and an assist versus both Fairfield and Boston U. … Had three straight games with an assist in October of 2019 … Missed the 2018 season due to a torn ACL … Named 2017 AAC Second Team All-Conference and to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman … Posted four goals, one assist and nine points during that season … First multi-goal game came against SMU, including the game-winner in the 88th minute.
 
CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Played for Liverpool Ladies FC where she was a four-time player of the year for the club (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) … Won the Youth Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) with Liverpool in 2014 … A member of the U20 England National Team.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Liverpool, England … Parents are John and Patricia Elmore … Graduated from UConn with a degree in sport management … Working on a graduate degree in sports product management at Oregon.
 
“When planning my next step for graduate school and continuing my playing career, UO was on my radar. UO’s prestigious history alongside the perfect balance of athletic and academic excellence made the decision easy for me to make. I am blown away by the sport and academic facilities and I can’t wait to get out there.”
 
Maddy Goldberg
Fr., 5-8, GK Pleasanton, Calif., Foothill High School; Club Team: Pleasanton Rage
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Rated as the No. 45 overall player of the 2021 class by Top Drawer Soccer, the No. 5 goalkeeper nationally and the top goalkeeper in the state of California … An East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) first team selection as a junior in 2020 … Led Foothill High School to the state playoffs in 2018 and 2020 … Club experience with the Pleasanton Rage included an appearance in the 2017 national semifinals in Chicago … Member of the Olympic Development Program’s state and regional teams … Invited to the 2017 U.S. Women’s National U15 Team Camp.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. … Parents are Michelle and Cary Goldberg … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was impressed with the dedication and team culture from the UO soccer program. Everyone comes to practice with the mindset that when they walk out of training, they want to be a better player than the player that walked into training. I really found that the team treats everyone like family. A family who manages to push each other every day to be better, but also has a fun and sincere friendship with one another.”
 
Lara Kirkby
Fr., 5-7, M, Adelaide, Australia, Walford Anglican School for Girls; Club Team: Adelaide United
 
HIGH SCHOOL / CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Selected for the Independent Girls School Association South Australia soccer team every year since the eighth grade even though the team is geared toward 10th graders and above … Competed every year at the national IGSSA tournament and captained the team in both 2017 and 2018 … Was named the 2019 IGSSA sportsperson of the year for outstanding achievement and leadership … Earned Walford Sport’s Blue 2020 (the school’s highest accolade) … Made W-league (National League Australia) debut with Adelaide United in November 2018 as a 16 year-old … Joined the Adelaide United traveling squad to play against China’s World Cup Team in Queensland in January 2019 … Represented South Australia at the Saitama International Football Tournament in Japan in March 2018 … Named one of Australia’s top 20 age group players at the 2019 national championships … Also recognized at Walford for her excellence in business and math … Received the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in 2017
 
PERSONAL
Born in Adelaide, Australia … Parents are Petra Heeg and Stephen Kirkby … Major is undeclared.
 
“I was looking for a soccer program that emphasized professionalism and a team culture, but also one that valued each individual as a person and not just a player. I wanted to be challenged by the rigor of the program with a coaching philosophy that fits my playing style.”
 
Kaitlyn Paculba
Fr., 5-5, F, Huntington Beach, Calif., Marina High School; Club Team: LAFC Slammers
 
HIGH SCHOOL
In 2020, led Marina High School to its first league since 1995 and was also on the league champion girl’s track and field team … Named the 2020 Wave League most valuable player … Was an all-Wave League first team selection in 2020 and a section team pick in 2019 … Led team in scoring her final three seasons … On the track, was the 2018 Orange County 100 meter champion and a four-year CIF qualifier in the sprints … Was the leading scorer for LAFC Slammers in 2018 with 34 goals and 16 assists … LAFC Slammers was the 2018 Elite Clubs National League 2018 national champions and advanced to the national semifinals in 2019 … Participated in Olympic Development Program in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Fontana, Calif. … Parents are Dean Paculba and Stephanie Walker … Major is undeclared.
 
“Ever since I was a kid, I always dreamed of playing soccer for the University of Oregon. Once I got the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the coaches, it was clear that Oregon would be my home for the next four years. I really enjoyed the coaches’ positive energy and the program’s family-like atmosphere.”
 
Anna Phillips
Fr., 5-7, D, Bolton, England, Bolton School Girls Division; Club Team: Manchester City
 
CLUB / INTERNATIONAL
Named the best defender of the Madrid International Cup after leading Manchester City to the championship match … Has extensive international experience with England’s junior national teams … Played for England in the 2019 U17 European Qualifier in Bosnia as well as the U16 Nordic Cup in Sweden … Also played on the 2019 UEFA Development Tournament.
 
PERSONAL
Born in Bolton, England … Parents are Janet and Simon Phillips … Major is undeclared.
 
“Ever since I was young and started playing football I have always wanted to study and play in the U.S. I am blown away by the sport and academic facilities and I can’t wait to get out there. The ambition, positivity and feeling of team at the UO is something I want to be a part of.”
 
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Boley, Giomi Named Academic All-District

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon women’s basketball seniors Erin Boley and Lydia Giomi have earned spots on the 2020-21 Academic All-District 8 Team for their work in the classroom, CoSIDA announced on Thursday.
 
As first-team Academic All-District honorees, Boley and Giomi now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America winners will be announced in late May.

An all-Pac-12 honorable mention selection as a senior, Boley averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2020-21 while leading Oregon to a fourth straight Sweet Sixteen appearance. She leaves Eugene with 1,025 points in a Duck uniform, and is fourth in program history in both three-pointers made (219) and three-point percentage (.429). Boley will graduate this spring with a degree in product design.
 
Giomi was a leader for the Ducks in her final season while also pursuing a master’s in education, navigating the rigors of being a student-athlete while also teaching a third-grade class over Zoom during a pandemic. On the court, Giomi appeared in all 24 games for the Ducks and recorded the first two double-doubles of her career. She played in 118 total games for the Ducks since arriving in 2016.
 
Together, Boley and Giomi have helped the Ducks to three Pac-12 regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles, as well as the first Final Four appearance in program history in 2019.

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Hilcoff Named All-Pac-12 Second Team

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon lacrosse sophomore Hanna Hilcoff has earned Pac-12 all-conference second team honors, the league office announced on Wednesday.
 
Hilcoff is the eighth Duck to receive first- or second-team all-conference recognition since the Pac-12 established lacrosse as a conference sport in 2018.
 
A Jupiter, Fla., native, Hilcoff led the Ducks for the second straight season with 35 goals and 54 draw controls as a sophomore. She ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in both categories, and is the only player in the conference with at least 30 goals and 40 draw controls.
 
Hilcoff accounted for more than 30 percent of Oregon’s 114 total goals in 2021, finding the net multiple times in 10 of the Ducks’ 12 games. Hilcoff opened the season with seven straight multi-goal performances and had six hat tricks or better, including a six-goal performance vs. Stanford on March 22. She has scored multiple goals in 16 of 19 games to open her collegiate career.
 
A force on the draw as well as around the net, Hilcoff’s 54 draw controls made up nearly 45 percent of Oregon’s total draws won on the season. She grabbed five or more draw controls in each of the final five games of the season, and came up one short of her own UO single-game record with a season-high nine on April 4 vs. USC. Hilcoff also added 13 ground balls and five caused turnovers on the season.
 

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Ducks Secure 14th Straight Regional Selection

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For the 14th straight season, Oregon earned a regional bid with its selection to the NCAA Cle Elum Regional. The Ducks will be the No. 10 seed when they begin NCAA play at Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club, May 17-19.
 
“We’re excited to make it to NCAAs again,” said head coach Casey Martin. “I love the location of the regional we were placed at. We are familiar with the course and will work hard to be ready.”
 
The Ducks are coming off of a top-5 finish at the Pac-12 Championships the least time out, coming in fifth for the program’s third top-5 conference finish in the last four seasons. Oregon finished the season with four top-5 finishes, including back-to-back runner-ups at the Bandon Dunes Championship and Duck Invitational in March.
 
Oregon was led by a balanced roster led by Tom Gueant and Yuki Moriyama, who both finished with scoring averages below 72.00, with Gueant leading the way at 71.54 and Moriyama at 71.86. Gueant’s season was highlighted by a third-place finish at The Goodwin, where he closed with a school-record tying 8-under 62 in the final round to finish a shot out of a playoff. Moriyama ended the season with a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, hanging around the lead for most of the week before he also finished a shot out of a playoff.
 
Three other Oregon players also turned in at least one top-10 finish throughout the season. Craig Ronne turned in a sixth-place finish at the Duck Invitational in March, while Nate Stember came in seventh at the Bandon Dunes Championship and Owen Avrit turned in a 10th-place finish at the Arizona Intercollegiate in January.
 
The top five teams and the low individual not on a qualifying team at each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which run May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
NCAA Cle Elum Regional Field
1. Wake Forest
2. Pepperdine
3. Florida
4. Arizona
5. San Francisco
6. Iowa
7. Washington
8. East Tennessee State
9. Utah
10. Oregon
11. Mississippi State
12. Long Beach State
13. Denver
14. Sacramento State
 

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