For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
EUGENE, OR. – The # 6 ranked Oregon men’s lacrosse team capped off a strong four game home stand over the weekend, beating the visiting Portland State Vikings by a score of 20-2 and improving to a record of 6-0. In a game that allowed Oregon to give its younger players more experience, the Ducks took 57 shots—including 23 in the first quarter.
Senior midfielder Chad Loescher (1 goal, 1 assist) provided the highlight of the first quarter for the healthy number of fans in attendance, faking out the goalie and diving for the score. The Ducks outscored the Vikings 6-1 in the first quarter and were led by a first half hat trick by sophomore attack Corbin Root (4 goals total).
Junior midfielder Brook Pittenger (2 goals) opened up the second quarter with flash, firing one off the turf into the net from a distance. The Ducks mastered the roll dodge all game as well, most notably during a goal from senior captain Justin Blackmore (1 goal, 2 assists) with an assist by junior attack Justin Eckenroad. After a 13-1 first half, the Ducks continued to dish out solid individual performances, including a hat trick by junior face-off specialist Bo Montagne (3 goals) and a promising outing by freshman Will Pischel (2 goals, 1 assist).
Captain and defensive senior Mike Gerrard led the team with his always-aggressive style, while junior goalie Aleks Magi (9 saves) filled in nicely for an injured Nick Johnston and helped the Ducks come out on the day with a 20-2 tally for the win column.
Next for the Ducks is their annual spring break trip, this year stopping first in Dallas to take on the two-time defending MCLA champion and #1 ranked Michigan Wolverines in the Patriot Cup and then onto East Lansing to play #13 Michigan State.
Michigan (5-0) will be Oregon’s first major test this season, and head coach Joe Kerwin will work to prep his team this week for a quick change in pace. “Adjusting to the speed of the game and having to do the little things all the time will be key for us,” Kerwin said.
Michigan has capitalized on any oppositional mistakes during its current 45-game winning streak. The Ducks will look to break that streak on Saturday in front of a crowd reaching well into the thousands. “Michigan will force us to play the way we can play the whole game,” said Kerwin. “This is the opportunity to play a team at the level we can play at.”
The Ducks and Wolverines will face-off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th at SMU’s Ford Stadium. Check www.oregonlacrosse.com for updates on the Duck’s travels as they prepare for prime-time lacrosse across the country and look to become the MCLA’s team to beat in 2010.