Ducks' Senior Day Spoiled by Buffaloes in Sudden Victory

EUGENE, Ore. – Missed opportunities in regulation coupled with turnovers in the overtime periods saw Oregon's senior day spoiled by Colorado in a, 10-9, sudden victory loss on Sunday at Papé Field.

Juniors Olivia Pyne and Devon Frazer did their best to send the seniors off with a win, scoring six of UO's nine goals.

With the loss, Colorado, Oregon and USC finished in a three-way tie at 6-3. The Buffaloes however hold the tiebreaker over UO with the win and takes the third-seed heading into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. Since the Ducks defeated USC last week, Oregon will be the fourth-seed and will have a rematch against the fifth-seeded Trojans.

UO was 8-1 all-time playing in its final home game of the season heading into Sunday's game. It was the second time Oregon has lost in overtime this season. The Ducks dropped a 15-14 decision to Robert Morris back on March 3rd.

Frazer had an a great one-on-one opportunity against CU's keeper Paige Soenksen after Johnna Fusco turned the ball over with 13 seconds remaining. After picking up the ground ball, Frazer raced down the field and ripped a shot at the cage with four seconds remaining, but was wide. Pyne had another attempt as the clock expired, but Soenksen was there to make the save, sending it to overtime tied at 8-8.

Despite winning the draw control, Oregon turned it over with 1:32 remaining in the first overtime period. The Buffs' took advantage as Fusco found the back of the net at the 43 second mark for her fifth goal of the game.

Casey Brogan gave the Ducks life with 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, putting the ball in the back of the net.

Neither team scored in the two sudden victory periods as turnovers ravaged both teams. UO goalkeeper Caroline Federighi made a point-blanks save at the 1:41 mark on a rocket from Sarah Lautman in the third sudden victory period. However, a turnover by Erika McCool in transition allowed Lautman to spoil senior sending a liner past Federighi with 37 seconds left in the clock.

The first half of the game saw Pyne record a natural hat-trick to put Oregon up 4-1 before Fusco tallied a natural hat-trick of her own to cap off Colorado's 4-0 run and give the Buffaloes the 5-4 lead. Pyne however netted her second free-position shot of the day with 12 seconds remaining and knotted things up at 5-5 heading into the break.

CU opened the half on a 3-0 run and held the Ducks scoreless until Frazer found the back of the cage with 9:57 remaining in regulation. Frazer would score once again before Carly O'Connell netted Oregon's third-straight goal to tie it up and send the game into overtime.

The Ducks now have a couple days to prepare for the MPSF Tournament before flying out to Denver, Colo., for their quarterfinal match-up with USC on Thursday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

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EUGENE, Ore. – Sarah Lautman knows a thing or two about late game heroics. For the third time in the University of Colorado lacrosse team's inaugural season, the sophomore sent in the Buffaloes' overtime game-winner.

The regular season finale saw Colorado and Oregon tied five times. Both teams held a three-goal lead at one point in the game, but it was the Buffs that came out victorious, claiming the 10-9 victory and clinching the No. 3 seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.

“We knew coming into the game here in Oregon that we were playing a good team that had been playing really well lately,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “We were really just excited about the opportunity that we had put ourselves in right now in our conference. We were hoping to come out and play hard. We knew it was going to be a challenge and take 60 minutes. I'm really proud of our team. I thought they fought. Things didn't always go our way. We made some mistakes in crucial points, but we continued to fight. At the end of the day we were able to come out on top, which is great.”

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