Second-Ranked Florida Snaps the Ducks' Winning Streak

EUGENE, Ore - The second-ranked Florida Gators snapped Oregon's four-game winning streak with a 13-5 victory on Saturday afternoon in Eugene. The Gators improved the 11-0 with the win, while the Ducks fell to 4-2.

Florida started the game off hot, scoring two goals in under five minutes. But with 21:27 to play in the opening half, Oregon's Casey Brogan got the Ducks on the board with her second goal of the year.

However, the Gators would go on a 4-0 run to take a commanding 6-1 lead with 15:09 to go in the first. Each of Florida's goals during the run were scored by a different player.

Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz helped the Ducks crawl back into the game over the next four minutes, though. At the 14:18 mark, Propst scored her eighth goal of the year off a pass from Puszcz and then returned the favor by dishing the ball off to Puszcz for a goal with 10:51 remaining in the half. Puszcz's eighth goal of the year made it a 6-3 game.

But Florida regrouped after Puszcz's goal and went on to score the next three goals thanks to Gabi Wiegand, Ashley Bruns and Brittany Dashiell, who posted a hat-trick in the first half, to take a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, Oregon used patient possessions to cut the Gator lead to five, 9-4, when Propst scored an unassisted goal at the 21:41 mark.

The Ducks could not pull within five the rest of the way.

After a 10-minute scoring drought, Florida's Caroline Chesterman and Shannon Gilroy scored goals with 10:31 and 6:53 remaining, respectively, to put the game out of reach.

Oregon senior Kate Cathell scored the Ducks' final goal of the match at the 4:35 mark.

Florida out-shot the Ducks 29-15 and won the draw control battle, 12-8. Oregon goalieSalliebeth Finnegan made eight saves and scooped up a game-high three ground balls.

Propst finished the day with two goals and one assist. Her three points gave her 100 for her career and moved her past Alison Leiner for 10th on Oregon's all-time points list.

The Ducks will have six days off before their next game on March 22 when they host San Diego State in the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game of the year. The game is the first of four in just eight days for Oregon and is the final leg of a seven-game homestand to start the year.

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EUGENE, Ore. – Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored a team-high four goals and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) recorded four points to help No. 2 Florida to a 13-5 win over Oregon on a rainy Saturday at Papé Field. The Gators won their 11th straight game in 2013, and snapped Oregon's four-game win streak with the victory.

Wiegand combined with Dashiell for seven of the Gators' 13 goals on the afternoon as they outshot Oregon 29-15. Florida also led in ground balls (13-10) and draw controls (12-8). Wiegand and Dashiell also combined to help Florida go 3 for 3 on free positions on the afternoon.

“I thought those two did a really nice job,” Head coach Amanda O'Leary said. “Gabi coming in with four goals is what we expect from her and that's what Brittany does. She's going to be an offensive threat and solid through the midfield along with the defensive end, but I couldn't be prouder of this group as a whole for the way they played today.”

The Gators faced a steady rain for a majority of the game but were unselfish with the ball, recording six assists with senior attack Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) leading the way with two. Senior goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) recorded five saves in the cage on 14 shots she faced in the game. Freshman goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox (Lutherville, Md.) also recorded a save in her three minutes of play in the contest.

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