Oregon Opens Pac-12 Play at Arizona State
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Lacrosse is back on the road this weekend, opening Pac-12 play on Friday at Arizona State.
The Ducks will look to snap a three-game losing streak against the Sun Devils. They have been right in all three games – the highest margin of defeat is just three goals - but UO was unable halt big runs by opponents in each of the three losses. Oregon battled back in each of its last two games, making up six and seven goal deficits against Kennesaw State and San Diego State to get back into both games.
When: Friday, March 11
Where: Sun Devil Lacrosse Stadium | Tempe, Ariz.
Time: 3 p.m. PT
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=399066
NUMBERS TO KNOW
13 – Hanna Hilcoff and Lillian Stump totaled their 13th career hat tricks against San Diego State.
16 – Goalie Cassidy Eckert leads the Pac-12 with 16 ground balls, four more than the next-closest player.
26 – Oregon enters the weekend with 26 assists, the second most in the Pac-12. The Ducks had 32 assists in all of 2021.
37 – Defender Logan Gierke started last Sunday's game, her 37th career start in 38 games since she has been at Oregon.
THE DUCKS vs. THE SUN DEVILS
The Ducks and Sun Devils have squared off five times since ASU started its lacrosse program in 2018. Oregon is 2-3 in those games with wins in the first two contests and losses in the last three. This will be the third straight game played in Tempe after last season's game in Eugene was canceled due to COVID protocols. UO and ASU are slated to play at Pape Field for the first time in three years on Friday, April 15.
Oregon's improved offense has scored 54 goals in just four games this season. That's a marked difference from 2021, when it took the Ducks six games to get to 54 goals, as well as an improvement on the early-season offense in 2020 (5 games) and 2019 (5 games). Scoring is one of several categories UO has improved in to begin 2022. Oregon has also dished out 18 more assists, grabbed 20 additional draw controls, secured 16 more ground balls and committed 12 fewer turnovers than it did in the first four games of 2021.