Ducks' Rally Comes Up Just Short
EUGENE, Ore. — Hanna Hilcoff scored six times and two of her teammates also had hat tricks, but Oregon spent Sunday's nonconference matchup with San Diego State playing from behind most of the afternoon and lost 18-15 at Papé Field
Up 4-3 late in the first quarter and with Hilcoff already halfway to her six goals, the Ducks allowed seven straight to trail 10-4. They fought back within one to open the fourth quarter, 13-12, but SDSU's Deanna Balsama scored three times in the quarter to cap an eight-goal day as the Aztecs fended off Oregon's comeback bid.
"We had to keep chipping away," UO coach Chelsea Hoffman said. "Our attackers did what we've been expecting them to do — Hanna had six goals, Lilly Stump with four, Alyssa (Wright) with her first hat trick ever. So, really proud of those guys stepping up. I think we needed to see more production from our midfielders to kind of combat what they were producing on their end."
How It Happened: Hilcoff scored to get the Ducks (1-3) on the board first, and she followed Stump's first goal with another as Oregon took a 3-1 lead. When Hilcoff scored again with 3:04 left in the opening quarter, she had a hat trick already and the Ducks led 4-3.
San Diego State evened the scored late in the quarter, however, and then scored six straight to open the second — three in a row by Balsama and another three straight by Camdyn O'Donnell. Shonly Wallace ended the rally by scoring for Oregon, and Wallace followed a goal by Stump by scoring again to get the Ducks within 10-7 at halftime.
It was 12-7 when Wright scored twice in a span of 1:05, and she completed her hat trick late in the third quarter to get Oregon within 13-10. Stump followed with her third and fourth goals of the afternoon, and the Ducks trail by just one entering the fourth.
Balsama and O'Donnell each scored early in the fourth, however, and when Hilcoff scored Oregon's next two goals, Balsama answered for the Aztecs each time. Hilcoff scored with 10 seconds left for her sixth goal of the game and 14th already this season, while Stump added three assists to give her seven points in the game.
Oregon won the last five draw controls but was trailing on draws 20-11 prior to that.
"They had too many possessions," Hoffman said. "So we didn't really have the opportunity to catch up. I'm proud of the way we competed in those lulls, but we needed to control a little bit more."
Up Next: The Ducks open Pac-12 Conference play at Arizona State on March 11.