Oregon Lacrosse Downed by Golden Bears
Oregon Women’s Lacrosse lost to California on a rainy Sunday afternoon 14-10 at Papé Field.
The Golden Bears clinched the victory thanks to six straight goals in the second half. The run came on as the Ducks defense faltered, allowing the Bears to build enough of a cushion to allow themselves to escape Eugene with a victory.
Though disappointed with the loss, it was a game of milestones for the Ducks. Shannon Propst set a new career-high with four assists. With the game, Propst is now fifth on the Duck’s all-time assist list. Teammate Carly O’Connell also had a big night. The freshman scored a career-high four goals. She also added three assists, giving her seven points on the day. Junior defender Erika McCool set one last career-best with four forced turnovers.
The star of the game was Golden Bear attacker Megan Takacs, the 2012 MPSF Player of the Year. On the game Takacs scored four goals.
The first half was marked by alternating goals. Neither team could build a lead as the score remained close. The Ducks started off strong, pulling ahead 2-1 in the first 10 minutes of play. Hayley Milner almost netted a third goal for the Ducks as her shot ricocheted off the leg of the California keeper.
The Bears appeared to tie the game at two apiece with a goal from Takacs; however the score was waived off as she was shown a yellow for dangerous play. The penalty gave the Ducks a chance to capitalize up a man, but the Bears survived thanks to the strong man defense of junior Paige Gasparino.
The two teams exchanged goals, the first coming for the Bears and the answer from the Ducks, bringing the score to 3-2 Oregon.
With only 10 minutes left in the half Gasparino tied the game for the Bears. This was followed by two more quick goals for California, extending their lead to 5-3 at halftime.
At the start of the second half, the Ducks started to show some desperation as they conceded twice more, allowing the Bears to build their biggest lead of the game 7-3. Most of the Bears goals were coming off of Duck penalties, as Oregon struggled to defend the quick attackers. The Ducks also had trouble transitioning into their offense attack, turning the ball over on unforced errors.
Devon Frazer was finally able to stop the bleeding, scoring Oregon’s first goal of the second half and cutting the lead down to three. Three more goals were scored, one for California and two for Oregon, bringing the score to 8-5 California. Angered by a call, associate head coach Robert Bray Jr. for the Ducks was shown two yellow cards and thrown from the game.
After the ejection, the Bears took control of the game, pouring on the shots and scoring six straight goals. Three of them came from Takacs, all unassisted. Takacs was able to traverse the length of the field multiple times, using her strength and speed to give herself quality looks at the Oregon net.
California was also able to win the 50/50 balls, out-hustling the Ducks. This allowed them to get multiple attempts at the net, and kept the ball out of the dangerous Duck attackers.
Though down 14-6, the Ducks showed heart in continuing to fight. They scored four goals in the waning minutes to cut the lead to 14-10.
The Duck’s next match will be on Wednesday as they travel to Fresno State.
All of the Oregon coaches were barefoot for the game in a show of support for the non-profit group Samaritan’s Feet. Their mission is to bring shoes to those who are unable to afford them.
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