For Immediate Release
Monday, March 8, 2010
# 7 Oregon Improves to 5-0, Looks Toward Portland State and Michigan
EUGENE, OR. – Oregon men’s lacrosse continued its unbeaten streak Saturday afternoon after handing northwest rival Washington a 15-3 loss. In the third game of a four game home stretch, the Ducks took 55 shots on goal and the steady weekend performance helped the team move up to #7 in the latest national MCLA poll.
In the previous two games against Montana and Santa Clara, the Ducks had struggled to find rhythm in the first quarter. However, that was not the case Saturday, as the team came out firing on the Huskies and took a 4-0 lead through the first period. Two of the goals came just before penalties, and one came from an outside rip by senior midfielder Erik Lyneis that went in top corner.
Oregon’s ride was hard for Washington to get past, and the Ducks continued to control the flow of the game after a 3-1 second quarter score. The third quarter brought physical play from both sides. While the Huskies put in a goal, the Ducks scored three, including a nifty bounce-in shot from junior midfielder Kevin Clark with an assist from sophomore attack Corbin Root.
The same story continued for the Ducks in the fourth, as the depth of the team took over and never let down on the visiting Huskies. Oregon put the game away by controlling the tempo of the contest and adding five goals to the score, to make the final tally 15-3.
On what was the third weekend of sun for the Ducks at home, Kevin Clark and senior attack Justin Blackmore contributed a couple hat tricks for the home team, and sophomore midfielder Chris Kuhn provided an impressive goal on a fast break run in the second quarter.
Oregon wraps up its four game home stretch this Saturday against a visiting Portland State team. The Vikings come will come to Eugene with a lot of momentum after scoring 17 goals in last weekend’s victory over Humboldt State. After this weekend’s matchup, the Ducks will look to their Easter Trip that will include games against #1 ranked Michigan in the Patriot Cup in Dallas, Texas and a contest at Michigan State.
The Ducks and Vikings will faceoff on Saturday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the Next Turf Field. Check www.oregonlacrosse.org for updates on the game and the upcoming Easter Trip.