Oregon Downs Denver to Clinch First MPSF Reg. Season Title

EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon closed out Senior Day with a 13-8 victory over Denver to clinch the program's first regular season title on Saturday at Pape' Field behind a season-high four goals from senior Kristina Barrett.

With the win, Oregon goes into the MPSF Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face the No. 4 seed California on Friday (Apr. 27) at 4:30 p.m. at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The Ducks also earned the right to host next year's MPSF Tournament on their new field.

Senior Jess Drummond committed a foul on Jenn Etzel less than two minutes into the match, setting up Etzel to score Denver's first goal of the match off a free position shot.

The match, which was very physical, amassed 45 fouls between both squads, with Denver having the most at 24. In addition to lots of fouls, there were plenty of turnovers to go around as Oregon was the leader in that category with 17 and Denver added 14.

After the Pioneers took the early lead, Barrett came back and tied the match-up for the Ducks on goal No. 25 of the season.

The Ducks had a hard time coming up with draw controls during the match and Kara Secora's goal at 23:32 was an example of what the Pioneers were able to do when they came up with the draws, moving the match to 2-1.

Oregon was able to answer with three of the match's next four goals to go ahead 4-3 though.

UO did not stop there as Barrett and senior Jana Drummond added two more goals to give the Ducks a 6-3 advantage with 12:40 to go in the first half.

Ja. Drummond turned the ball over on the next possession for UO and Mikayla Clark was able to capitalize on it and tally another Denver goal to put the Pioneers within two, 6-4.

Sophomore Nikki Puszcz came up with the draw control after the goal and after Kate Henrich fouled, Oregon was able to set up their offense.

On the play sophomore Shannon Propst hit Barrett and the Ducks were able to take a 7-4 lead into the half.

Coming out of the half Cailie Murphy checked Ja. Drummond hard, but Ja. Drummond got back up and nailed the free position shot, giving Oregon a four-goal lead.

The teams traded goals with the Ducks pushing ahead eventually 12-7 with less than 10 minutes left in the match.

The Pioneers attempted to make a run firing three straight shots at sophomore Caroline Federighi, but Federighi was dominate in goal for the Ducks registering saves on all three of the shots.

Junior Bridget Morrison fouled after Federighi's last save at 5:24 on that performance, allowing the Pioneers to tally their first goal after they went 13 minutes without a goal off a free position goal by Sonorah Vinyard.

The Ducks notched their last goal of the match at 3:14 after Barrett found Puszcz to seal up the 13-8 victory.

In addition to Barrett's four goals, she added two assists for a match-high six points. The Ducks also received three goals from Puszcz and two each from Ja. Drummond and Je. Drummond.

Federighi played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded a match-high 12 saves on 22 faced shots while allowing eight goals, moving her season record to 12-3.

Denver's Etzel and Clark both tallied two goals each while Ashley Harman (11-2) was credited with the loss.

Today's loss was only Denver's second of the season, breaking a 12-match win streak, since a season-opening loss to Johns Hopkins.

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EUGENE, Ore. University of Denver sophomore Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) had two goals and an assist, but the Pioneers fell 13-8 to Oregon on Saturday afternoon.

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