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Ducks Open Season Saturday vs. George Mason

Feb 11, 2022

Eugene, Ore. – Oregon's 2022 lacrosse season begins on Saturday when the Ducks host George Mason for a 12 p.m. contest at Papé Field.

The Ducks will look to win their eighth season-opening game in the last nine years. The contest is the first of a 16-game regular season that includes eight matchups within the friendly confines of Papé Field.

General admission tickets for all eight home games are on sale now. Tickets cost $5 and all children 12 and under are free at the gate.

When: Saturday, Feb. 12
Where: Papé Field
Time: 12 p.m. PT

Oregon is 2-0 against the visiting Patriots with wins in 2016 and 2017. The Ducks defeated George Mason 15-9 at home in the first matchup and earned a 17-12 victory on the road in 2017. This will be head coach Chelsea Hoffmann's first time facing her alma mater.

Oregon has dominated the first game of the year since 2014. The Ducks are 9-8 in season-openers with wins in seven of the last eight seasons, losing only last year to San Diego State. In three seasons under Hoffmann, the Ducks are 2-1 in season openers while outscoring opponents 42-29.
» Oregon is 5-4 when starting the year at home. The Ducks last home loss in an opener came in 2013, 8-7 (OT) vs. Dartmouth
» In 2014 and 2015, Oregon defeated Stetson (20-3) and Presbyterian (18-1) by 17 goals, the team's largest margin of victory in a season opener.
» The Ducks have outscored opponents 207-165 in season-opening games.
Hanna Hilcoff made an immediate impact for the Ducks as an underclassman, scoring 50 goals faster than any other player in school history. Hillcoff reached the half-century mark in just 17 games, which was six fewer than the next-fastest Duck (Shannon Williams - 23). She also dominated the draw in both of her first two seasons in Oregon. In 2020, Hilcoff grabbed 44 draws, second-most in the Pac-12, and she followed that performance with 54 draw controls (5th) in 2021.
» In 2021, the only Pac-12 player to rank in the top ten in both goals (35, 7th) and draw controls (54, 5th)
» Scored multiple goals in 16 of 19 career games, including 10 of 12 games in 2021
» As a freshman, tied for the program single-game record with 10 draw controls against Denver (2/21/2020)
» In 2020, was one of three freshman to finish the shortened season with 20 goals and 40 draw controls
Oregon got a boost over the summer when attacker Lillian Stump decided to return for one more season. Stump enjoyed a surge in 2021, finishing second on the team in goals (23) and points (33). She was Oregon's top facilitator last season with 10 assists, a career-high.
Oregon relied on a pair of true freshman midfielders in 2021 and Nakeeya McCardell and Morgan McCarthy delivered. The duo started all 12 games and contributed on both sides of the field. McCardell was the only freshman in the Pac-12 with at least 15 draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers and McCarthy was the league's only freshman with at least 15 goals and draw controls.
McCardell and McCarthy were key players on a young 2021 team that featured 10 freshmen. The class earned a total of 43 starts during the season with nine first-year players seeing the field during the year. Haley Cummins (11 games, 5 starts), Mara Zajac (11 games) and Sydnie Soto (9 games, 5 starts) all earned playing time as key contributors during the season. The now-sophomore class accumulated 40% of Oregon's draw controls and 30% of the team's caused turnovers last year.
Oregon boasts three players with Canadian National Team experience in 2022: Shonly Wallace, Cassidy Eckert and Alex Matsuoka. Eckert was recently selected for Canada's 2022 Women's World Cup team. She and Wallace represented the Great White North at the Super Sixes event in October and also teamed up to lead the U-19 team to a silver medal at the 2019.