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Turnovers Haunt Ducks in Defeat


EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon was in control early before a run by USC late in the first half helped the Trojans grab momentum on the way to a 14-8 victory in their Pac-12 lacrosse matchup Sunday at Papé Field.

The Ducks (1-8, 1-4 Pac-12) led 4-3 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half. USC (7-4, 4-2) closed the half with four straight goals — two on free-position shots — and then controlled possession in the second half to stave off a comeback bid.

“We knew it was gonna be a tough game, and we know they go on runs,” UO coach Chelsea Hoffmann said. “We really wanted to be able to slow those runs down, primarily with the draw. We started out really well; it kind of caught up to us, and unfortunately fouls gave them 8-meters and opportunities to finish, and that slowed our momentum.”

The two teams met a week after a 16-9 victory for USC in Los Angeles, in which the Trojans had a 19-8 advantage in draw controls. The Ducks had the edge in draws Sunday, 13-11, thanks to nine by sophomore Hanna Hilcoff. But the Ducks committed 21 turnovers, contributing to a 33-16 advantage in shots for USC.

How It Happened: Logan Gierke and Katie Collins won the first two draws of the game, and the Ducks not coincidentally scored the first two goals of the game, by Hilcoff and Morgan McCarthy. After USC tied it, McCarthy put Oregon ahead 3-2, and Lillian Stump’s 17th goal of the season broke another tie for a 4-3 lead by the Ducks.

The Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans at Papé Field in Eugene Oregon on April 4, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

The Trojans grabbed momentum before halftime, however, scoring four times in the final 7:48 including twice in the last minute.

“They found a weakness in that part of the zone and kept going to it and going to it,” Hoffmann said. “That really deflated the momentum.”

Goals by McCarthy and Hilcoff early in the second half kept the Ducks within striking distance at 8-6. But then they went scoreless for nearly 16 minutes, as USC slowed down the pace and Oregon struggled with turnovers.

“We weren’t seeing the whole field,” Hoffman said. “They were taking away our biggest threat with Hanna on the inside, and we really needed to go out to the middies a little more. … We need to see through the 8-meter to see the next option and hit it high and give our middies a chance to cut in or really dodge the seams against their zone.”

Ali Bateman and Stump scored within 15 seconds of each other to get Oregon within 11-8 with 8:40 to play. But USC scored the last three goals of the afternoon to clinch the victory.

Who Stood Out: McCarthy recorded the first hat trick of her career, and the eighth by a Duck this season. Hilcoff scored twice on six shots, and her nine draw controls were just one off the UO single-game record she tied last year as a freshman. Stump finished with two goals plus two assists.

Notable: Hilcoff has now scored multiple goals in 14 of 16 games to open her collegiate career … Stump finished with at least three points for the sixth straight game, and at least four for the fourth straight game … Sophomore defender Lexie Likins made the first start of her career … Oregon led in draw controls for the first time this season, 13-11.

Up Next: The Ducks play at California on Friday at 5 p.m.


Ducks Rematch With USC Sunday at Papé Field


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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s lacrosse team will face off with USC for the second straight game on Sunday, this time on the Ducks’ home turf at Papé Field after playing the Trojans in Los Angeles last Sunday. The game is set for a 2:05 p.m. PT start on Pac-12 Network. 

USC got the best of the Ducks last week in the first matchup, with senior Alle Dunbar recording a career-high 15 saves for the Ducks while the duo of Lillian Stump (3G, 1A) and Morgan McCarthy (2G, 2A) led the way with four points apiece. Oregon was scheduled to play Arizona State on Friday in Eugene, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 developments within the Sun Devil program. 

Game Details
Matchup: Oregon (1-7, 1-3) vs. USC (6-4, 3-2)
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Venue: Papé Field
Start Time: 2:05 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=348398

Numbers to Know
15 – Alle Dunbar set a new career-high with 15 saves last Sunday at USC, her fifth double-digit save performance this season.
25 – Hanna Hilcoff ranks No. 4 in the Pac-12 with 25 goals through eight games; she has scored multiple goals in 13 of 15 career games.
41 – Hanna Hilcoff (25) and Lillian Stump (16) have combined for 41 of Oregon’s 75 total goals (54.7%) so far this season. 
75 – Senior Alle Dunbar is No. 2 in the Pac-12 and tied for No. 7 in the NCAA with 90 total saves through eight games.

Series History Vs. USC 
USC holds an 8-3 lead in the all-time series with the Ducks, winning the last three meetings and seven of the last eight after last Sunday’s victory in Los Angeles. Oregon defeated the then-No. 16 Trojans, 18-11, on April 8, 2018, in Eugene, the program’s most recent win against the Trojans and first over USC since May 1, 2014.

Dunbar Racking Up The Saves
Senior goalkeeper Alle Dunbar has been racking up saves through the first eight games of her senior season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for seventh in the nation with 90 total after setting a new career-high with 15 last Sunday 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 eight games as a senior, and she is tied for seventh nationally with 11.25 saves per game. Dating back to the 2020 finale vs. Fresno State, Dunbar has recorded 102 total saves in her last nine games. 

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 eight games of her sophomore season. After scoring two goals in each of the first two games, Hilcoff recorded a hat trick or better in four straight games with four at Marquette (Feb. 26), three at Central Michigan (Feb. 28), five vs. California (March 20) and a season-high six vs. No. 17 Stanford on March 22. Hilcoff has scored multiple goals in seven of eight games this season, and 13 of 15 to start her collegiate career. The Florida native ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 25 total goals and sixth with 29 draw controls, making her the only player in the conference by a wide margin with at least 25 goals and 25 draw controls. Hilcoff has accounted for exactly a third of Oregon’s 75 total goals through eight games, while she and senior Lillian Stump (16 goals) have combined to score more than half of the team’s 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. 

Freshmen Stepping Up
The Ducks started three true freshmen midfielders – Haley Cummins, Nakeeya McCardell and Morgan McCarthy – in each of the first four games of the season, and freshman attacker Lindsay Clarke has joined the mix after starting each of the last four games. Sydnie Soto became the first UO freshman to start on defense this season, joining the lineup for each of the last three games. McCarthy and McCardell are tied for third on the team with seven goals apiece, and Clarke is right behind with five goals while leading Oregon with six assists. Clarke and McCarthy are tied for third with 11 total points, while McCardell ranks second with 11 total caused turnovers. McCarthy (13) and McCardell (11) also rank second and third, respectively, in draw controls, as well as ground balls with 14 and 12. Cummins has scored two goals, and Soto had a career-high five ground balls last week at USC. 

Hilcoff, Defense Lead Ducks to First Win in Home, Pac-12 Opener
Oregon notched its first win of the 2021 season in impressive fashion on March 20, earning a 14-9 victory over California in the Ducks’ home and Pac-12 opener at Papé Field. The Ducks were led by 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. Oregon’s win was made more impressive by the fact that the Ducks hadn’t played in three weeks after missing two games due to pandemic protocols. “I think it was a team effort from start to finish,” head coach Chelsea Hoffmann said. “They really showed a lot of resiliency. It was really fun to put it all together.”

Up Next
Oregon will head to the Bay Area next weekend to face California (April 9) and Stanford (April 11). 

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Ducks lacrosse picks up third straight win, defeats San Diego State 13-6

After clinching a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship tournament with their win over USC 10-8, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team picked up another win in SoCal this weekend, defeating San Diego State 13-6.

In addition to the win, head coach Jen Beck earned her 100th career win as the head coach.

“I don’t think it’s any different than any other win,” Beck told GoDucks.com. “It’s another conference win, but to go 2-0 on the road is really nice. It’s been an honor to be the only coach here at Oregon and to have coached the women that have come through here. It’s a testament to their hard work and to all the coaches.”

The Ducks got off to head start against the Aztecs scoring four straight goals, taking the early lead.

Casey Brogan was first to score for Oregon, followed by goals from Nikki Puszcz, Olivia Pyne and Devon Frazer.

San Diego State was then able to answer back by scoring three straight goals, giving Oregon just a one goal lead with about 14 minutes left in the first half.

Shannon Propst then scored for Oregon with just over 10 minutes left, but Meris Walsh of San Diego State brought Oregon’s lead to just one goal with about five minutes left in the first half.

However, with just under a minute left in the half, Frazer found the back of the net once again to give the Ducks a 6-4 lead at halftime.

The Ducks were able to gain a lead due to the effort of freshman Bella Pyne who scored three straight goals to open up the second half.

The Aztecs answered back with two back-to-back goals from Walsh, but Oregon scored four goals before the time was up to earn their third straight victory.

Leading the Ducks in scoring was Bella Pyne with four goals, while her older sister Olivia tallied three goals.

Goalie Caroline Federighi had six saves and the Ducks outshoot San Diego State 20-14.

Up next for the Ducks is a big game against Denver, who boasts an undefeated record in conference. Oregon will take on Denver 5 p.m. on Friday at Papé Field.

Photos: Oregon Ducks vs. Fresno State – Lacrosse


I attended and shot my first ever Lacrosse game on March 15. I admit I did not know any of the rules or strategy of the game and, while entertained, I realize I really need to do a review of the rules of the game to make it easier to shoot.

The face off after each goal was interesting, I have included several photos of this face off routine. It appears very aggressive and the level of concentration is very high.

There were three refs calling the game and I had a difficult time figuring out why a play was called, to me the infraction wasn’t evident. It could have been body contact which is not allowed in women’s Lacrosse. When play was stopped, the players froze right where they were and didn’t move until given the all clear. I noticed when a time out was called, the girls dropped their lacrosse sticks right where they were and ran to the sideline. When the time out was over, the girls returned to the field and play started right where they had been before the time out. It will be fun learning more about the game.

The girls clearly have to be in good physical condition as there is a lot of running in this game. There was quite a bit of back and forth behind the goal waiting to find an open player in front of the goal. There were not many errant balls the entire game, the ball control was impressive.

It was a beautiful afternoon and I enjoyed shooting my first Lacrosse game. I enjoyed watching the introduction of the Duck players as they ran under the outstretched sticks of the non-starters. Oregon played a strong game against Fresno. Oregon scored on their first four trips on offense.