First-Half Run By UC Davis Too Much For Ducks To Overcome
EUGENE, Ore. – A 12-0 scoring run by UC Davis to close the first half proved to be the difference for the Oregon women's lacrosse team in a 19-9 loss on Saturday afternoon at Papé Field.
How it Happened: The Ducks (3-9) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by freshmen Nakeeya McCardell and Morgan McCarthy, with McCardell opening the scoring on a pass from Lillian Stump and McCarthy converting on a free-position shot.
It was all UC Davis for the final 22-plus minutes of the half, as the Aggies (9-4) scored 12 unanswered goals to take a 12-2 lead into the break.
Oregon started well again in the second half, scoring three straight to cut UC Davis' lead to 12-5. The Ducks opened with a man-up advantage following a yellow card on the Aggies late in the first half, and Alli Bateman capitalized less than a minute in with a goal on another assist from Stump. McCardell followed with her second goal of the game, and leading scorer Hanna Hilcoff notched her first of the day at the 24:58 mark.
UC Davis responded with a goal at the 24:40 mark, but McCardell and Hilcoff again scored back-to-back goals to get Oregon within six, 13-7. Hilcoff answered another Aggies goal with her third of the day with 15 minutes left, joining McCardell with a hat trick and bringing the deficit back to six.
The Aggies extended their lead to eight with less than 11 minutes to go before McCarthy scored her second goal to make it 16-9, but UC Davis finished the game with three consecutive goals. Oregon played even with the Aggies in the second half, 7-7, but that 10-goal deficit from the first half was too much to overcome.
Who Stood Out: Hilcoff and McCardell each had a hat trick with three goals apiece. Hilcoff added a team-high six draw controls, and McCardell stuffed the stat sheet with four draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls. McCarthy scored twice and also had three caused turnovers and three ground balls, and Stump assisted on a pair of goals. Alle Dunbar finished with seven saves in net.
Notable: Hilcoff has scored in 19 straight games to open her career, and she has scored multiple goals in 16 those contests … Hilcoff had a hat trick or better for the sixth time this season and 10th time in her career … McCardell scored multiple goals for the fifth time while earning her first hat trick, and McCarthy also notched her fifth multi-goal performance … Stump recorded multiple assists for the third time this season and fourth in her career … Hilcoff grabbed five or more draw controls for the sixth time in the last eight games, and 10th time in her career … Dunbar now has 118 saves on the season, moving past Louisa Dorsch (117, 2005) into No. 8 on the Oregon single-season list.
Up Next: Oregon will close out the 2021 regular season against Colorado on Friday, April 23, at 6 p.m. PT at Papé Field. The Ducks will honor Stump, Dunbar, Marlee Moon Gaddy, Olivia Mannon and Rachel Williams in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the game.