Ducks Down Stetson in Hatters' Lacrosse Home Opener

DELAND, Fla. – The Stetson lacrosse team lost its 2014 home opener to Oregon, as the visiting Ducks came away with a 20-3 victory on Monday evening at the Athletic Training Center.

Oregon (1-0) came out of the gates on fire, scoring two goals in the first one minute and two seconds of the contest. The Ducks continued to roll through the first half, putting 12 in the back of the net before Stetson picked up its first score.

The Hatters (0-2) scored their first goal of the season when freshman Jill Chiachetti beat Oregon goalkeeper Carol Federighi on a free position attempt to make it 12-1 with just 2:13 to play in the first half.

Stetson cut the deficit to 12-2 before the break with a second straight score. Freshman Julia Lozano scored off an assists from sophomore Mary Kate O'Sullivan with 47 seconds to play in the half.

The Ducks continued their scoring streak in the second half with seven goals in the first 25:11 of the period. Both teams scored late, as sophomore Melanie Fredericks put one away from freshman Lindsay Summers, and Oregon made the final score 20-3 with a score in the final seconds.

Carly O'Connell led the Ducks with five goals, while Nikki Puszcz added four and Courtney Valdez chipped in with three. Shannon Propst was the playmaker for the Ducks, assisting on nine Oregon goals on the day.

Lozano and Chiachetti scored their first career goals for the Hatters, while Summers recorded her first career assist.

Sophomore Caili Guilday recorded 16 saves playing all 60 minutes in goal for the Hatters. Summers led Stetson with four draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the defeat.

Stetson will continue its five-game home-stand on Thursday, Feb. 13. The Hatters host Colorado at 7:00 p.m. from the Athletic Training Center.

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DeLand, Fla. – Oregon came out firing on all cylinders Monday afternoon behind sophomore Carly O'Connell, who scored five goals, crushing the Hatters 20-3 in DeLand, Fla. O'Connell finished the match with a game-high of five goals while Nikki Puszcz scored four goals. Courtney Valdez found the back of the net three times while Hayley Milner and Holly Johnson each chipped in with a two goals each.

“After a challenging travel schedule with the weather we had in Eugene, I was just super proud of how the team executed from the start,” head coach Jen Beck said.

“She just loves to play lacrosse,” Beck said, when ask about O'Connell's great start.

With her ninth assist of the game to Valdez at the 15:51 mark in the second period, Shannon Propst became Oregon's leader in career assists surpassing Kristina Barrett's (2009-12) record of 78. The senior from Bel Air, Md., also blew past Oregon's single-game assists record (6) set by Alison Leiner on March 3, 2006, against St. Mary's.

“As much as I was excited for Shannon for breaking the record, I was more proud of the production we had as an entire crew today.” Beck said.

O'Connell got the UO offense rolling taking the draw control in the opening faceoff and scored just 32 seconds into the contest. Her goal was just 10 seconds shy of tying the school record for quickest goal.

“She just loves to play lacrosse,” said Beck, when asked about O'Connell. “She just dominates the draws and makes play on both ends of the field for us.”

“I knew we were all anxious and excited to get the season started,” O'Connell said. “We just went out trying to make the connections we knew we could make and took risks knowing we had each other's backs.”

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