Late Rally Falls Short At High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.- After fighting to tie the match up with less than five minutes left in regulation, the University of Oregon lacrosse team came up short against High Point University, falling 13-10, in Sunday afternoon action at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

The Panthers (6-2) got on the board first and went ahead 3-0 before sophomore Shannon Propst answered back seconds later for the Ducks' (5-4) first goal of the contest.

HPU tacked on two more goals, but senior Kristina Barrett cut into the Panther lead again, 4-2, after sophomore Erika McCool picked up a ground ball and brought it down the field to lead a good clear attempt for Oregon.

Freshman Devon Frazer tallied the next Duck goal, the first of her UO career, off the dish from Propst with less than nine minutes left in the first stanza creating only a 6-3 deficit.

Christie Dougherty fouled senior Jana Drummond setting up a free position shot, which Drummond nailed for her first goal of the match and seventh of the season. Barrett added another Oregon goal a minute later to put the Ducks down by only a single goal, 6-5, with 2:16 left in the half.

UO was not able to get another look at the goal and ended the half down 6-5.

The Panthers opened up the second half with a goal by Chelsea Thompson, but senior Jess Drummond was fouled setting up another free position shot, which she sent to the back of the net, like her sister, still putting the Ducks down 7-6.

Oregon opted to change goalkeepers, lifting Caroline Federighi for Salliebeth Finnegan at the 23:59 mark and Finnegan created a turnover almost instantly, but was able to redeem herself by saving a MacKenzie Carroll shot. Carroll turnovered the ball over again herself after she fouled, allowing the Ducks to get the ball back.

After a successful clear, sophomore Sami Kiser notched her fifth goal of her career and season off a pass from Propst to tie the match up at 7-7, the first tie of the entire match.

The Ducks used that momentum to allow sophomore Nikki Puszcz to record back-to-back goals and create some separation between UO and HPU, 9-7.

Freshman Casey Brogan garnered a yellow card at the 19:24 tally, setting up a free position shot for Carroll, who ended up getting her ninth goal of the season on the play. The Panthers went back to Carroll again, allowing her to tie the match up again at 9-9.

Oregon failed to clear the ball on the next play and the Panthers capitalized and took the lead back after Kendyl Gardner found the back of the net.

UO got what would be their last goal of the match at the 4:35 hash after Propst found Ja. Drummond, allowing her to connect and tie the match up at 10-10. With the goal, Drummond moved into third all-time in goals scored with 121, putting her within an earshot of current assistant coach Jen (May) Derby, who is second all-time with 128. Propst also collected her career-high third assist on the play.

From there the Panthers went on the attack and scored three straight goals to win the match, 13-10.

The Ducks received two goals each from Ja. Drummond, Barrett and Puszcz.

Finnegan (0-1) was credited with the loss, while Anna Wallingford (5-2) picked up the win.

Grace Gaeng and Carroll led the Panther attack with three goals apiece. Gaeng and Thompson also added three assists.

Oregon stays in North Carolina to face Davidson on Tuesday (Mar. 27) at 3 p.m. (PT).

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