Ducks' Winning Streak Snapped by No. 12 Stanford

EUGENE The Ducks had a game plan heading into Friday's battle with No. 12 Stanford, but turnovers and lack of execution on both ends of field saw the Oregon fall to the Cardinal, 15-7, Friday evening.

Shannon Propst and Casey Brogan led UO with a pair of goals each. Nikki Puszcz was held scoreless for the first time in eight games as the Cardinal locked onto the senior the entire evening.

We definitely had a more potent offensive game-plan that we not able to execute," said head coach Jen Beck. "I think we just got caught up in not taking care of things we could control. We just need to fix those and change the confidence level as well as making sure we're executing at a different level."

Stanford (10-2, 4-1 MPSF) opened with a goal 37 seconds into the game, but Propst found Sami Kiser who was able to beat her defender and scored to make it 2-2 at the 21:12 mark. This was the closest UO (7-5, 3-1 MPSF) would get to Stanford the rest of the night.

The Cardinal's offense exploded for four-straight goals, five if you include the goal from Lucy Dikeou nine seconds into the second half, to take the 6-2 lead heading into the break.

Neither team would score until the 23:03 mark when Casey Brogan broke away from her defender and fired in a rocket past Lindsey Munoz to cut the lead to 7-3. Stanford responded with a 3-0 run that lasted 4:42, extended the Cardinal lead to 10-3.

Carly O'Connell ended the Cardinal's run when she found the back of the net at 8:14. Stanford would score twice more before Rachel Steinberg and Brogan netted back-to-back goals, bringing Oregon within 12-6 with 6:13 remaining in the game.

Stanford however put the game away for good after going on another 3-0 spurt, this time capped by Emily Newstrom's goal with 2:11 left on the clock.

Propst would score UO's final goal with 1:25 remaining on a free-position goal, but it was too late as the Ducks picked up their first conference loss falling to the Cardinal 15-7.

Caroline Federighi grabbed seven saves in the loss. The senior had some key saves during the game that led to Oregon goals and snapped Stanford's scoring run.

"I think that she is playing fantastic," Beck said. "I just think the world of her ... I hate for a day like this with so many goals against her, but I think that she had some really great saves."

Dikeuou finished the game with four goals to lead Stanford while Kyle Fraser chipped in with a hat-trick for the Cardinal.

The Ducks now regroup and prepare to host UC Davis at 1:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, April 13, before hitting the road for the last time.

"We have to quickly turn and focus off this game and start with film tomorrow and get the preparation for UC Davis started," Beck Said. "Again, take care of things we could control ..."

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EUGENE, Ore. Lucy Dikeou scored four goals to lead No. 12 Stanford past Oregon, 15-7, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action Thursday.

Losses by Oregon (7-5 overall, 3-1 MPSF) and USC on Thursday dropped the number of teams undefeated in MPSF play from three to one, with Denver (6-0) remaining unbeaten only by edging San Diego State, 12-11. The results leave Stanford (10-2, 4-1) among three teams with one loss.

Dikeou has scored 10 of her team-high 21 goals in her past three games. Her four goals matched her collegiate high, which she achieved last year against James Madison and March 19 against Notre Dame.

Perhaps Dikeou's most spectacular score was a half-field run after controlling the second half draw. Dikeou's breakaway goal nine seconds into the half completed a 5-0 Cardinal run that broke a 2-2 tie. The Cardinal extended the run to 8-1 on the way to building a 10-3 lead with 9:23 left.

Kyle Fraser scored three goals and Kelsey Murray scored two, including a point-blank second-half shot set up by a spin-o-rama to evade a defender at the post.

Hannah Farr earned six draw controls, and Megan Lerner caused three turnovers and had five ground balls. Goalie Lyndsey Munoz made six saves while earning the victory.

Stanford resumes play Tuesday with a home game against UC Davis in a 7:00 p.m. game at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

2014-04-12



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