Wildcats Shut Down by the Ducks' Defense

DAVIDSON, N.C. Sophomore Ann Fucigna continued her torrid scoring of late with three goals, but it was not enough as the Oregon Ducks controlled the tempo of the game and took an 8-4 decision on Tuesday evening at Richardson Stadium.

Fucigna, fresh off the National Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor, pushed her goal total to 24 on the season, scoring all three of her goals in the second half. She has scored 11 goals in the last three games and registered 17 points in all.

Davidson (4-6) fell behind 6-0 after a half of play and never was able to recover, though it hold the Ducks to just two goals in the second period. Oregon (6-4) was able to control possession the major part of the game and played shutdown defense when the Wildcats did get a chance to try to score.

Mary Leonard added the Wildcats other goal, an unassisted score with 23:58 left in the game to make it 7-2. It was the freshman's 11 goal of the season.

The Ducks' Shannon Propst had herself a first half to remember, scoring three straight goals and assisting on another in the first 30 minutes of action. She finished with a pair of assists for five points. Five other Ducks scored single goals, while Kate Cathell picked up an assist.

Davidson was held to just 12 shots, but tied Oregon with 18 groundballs and caused a season-best 12 turnovers. Diane Girling had three of those caused turnovers, while Paige Logan and Catherine Schmidt had two apiece.

Jessica Melby played all 60 minutes between the pipes and finished with eight saves, six of them in the second half.

The two teams where playing each other for the first time since 2007. Davidson finished up its non-conference slate of games tonight for the season, going 3-6 in those contests.

The Wildcats wrap up a stretch of where they have played nine of their 10 games from Feb. 25 to April 1 at home by hosting NLC-foe Jacksonville on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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DAVIDSON, N.C.- The University of Oregon sailed past Davidson College, 8-4, Tuesday night at the Richardson Stadium in Davidson, N.C. behind a career-high three goals from sophomore Shannon Propst.

The Duck defense held together for the duration of the match to secure the victory for Oregon (6-4) and made the offense's job an easy task.

Senior Kristina Barrett got the offense moving after she tallied goal number 14 on the season at the 27:11 mark in the first half after having to reset off a wide shot by Propst.

Propst followed back up with her 14th goal of the season following a near-goal that sophomore Nikki Puszcz just missed by the ball bouncing off the post to give the Ducks a 2-0 advantage.

Propst manufactured Oregon's next two goals with the last coming at the 9:54 hash before the Wildcats (4-6) had to call a timeout to regroup as the Ducks held a 4-0 lead. Out of the timeout, Barrett won the draw control and Davidson committed two straight fouls and on the second foul set up a free position shot that allowed Puszcz to nail her team-leading 18th goal of the season.

With a 1:37 left in the first stanza, senior Colleen Taggart forced Mary Leonard to cough up the ball allowing sophomore Caroline Federighi to get the groundball pick up. The Ducks got back in their offensive set and with two seconds left, Propst found Dom Christiansen to record her fourth goal of the season, giving Oregon a 6-0 halftime lead.

With a nice cushion, head coach Jen Larsen Beck made a goalkeeping switch to start the second half, bringing in junior Salliebeth Finnegan so that she could accumulate some quality minutes in goal for the Ducks.

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2012-03-27



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