Road Trip Continues Sunday at Kennesaw State
KENNESAW, Ga. – Oregon lacrosse will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season and salvage a split on the weekend trip to Georgia on Sunday against Kennesaw State.
The Ducks and Owls are both coming into the game off a loss after Oregon fell 15-12 to Mercer on Friday and KSU dropped a 22-7 decision at Florida last week. The Owls went 5-10 in 2021 with a 1-2 mark in Atlantic Sun Conference games.
When: Sunday, Feb. 18
Where: Fifth Third Bank Stadium | Kennesaw, Ga.
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=399384
THE INAUGURAL MATCHUP
The Ducks and Owls will square off for the first time on Sunday. This weekend’s games at Mercer and Kennesaw State are Oregon Lacrosse’s first contests in the Peach State.
DUCKS GROWING UP
The Ducks had a young team in 2021 with 10 freshmen on the roster and the first-year players made several contributions throughout the season. The freshman 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. Four members of the class – Morgan McCarthy, Nakeeya McCardell, Cassidy Eckert and Madysyn Sweeney – started both of the season’s first two games. McCarthy and Sweeney both posted a multi-goal game in Friday’s contest at Mercer.
HILCOFF RETURNS AFTER TORRED START TO CAREER
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