Women's lacrosse falls to Oregon, 22-6
The JU women’s lacrosse team couldn’t find its rhythm against Oregon on a chilly morning at D.B. Milne Field, dropping its second straight game, 22-6.

The Dolphins (0-2) struggled all game to maintain possession, getting outshot by the Ducks (1-0), 40-16, and failing on 10 clears.

Oregon was led by Alex Breiner with five goals and Maggie Kovacs with four goals and two assists. Three other Ducks recorded hat-tricks in the game, Jana Drummond, Kaitlyn Pasko and Jess Drummond.

JU tripled its offensive output from last week against UMBC, with five Dolphins scoring in the contest.

Freshman Abigail Warnken led the Dolophins with two goals and freshman Brie Kitchelt added a goal and an assist to the effort.

“Oregon is a very well coached team and it shows out there,” said JU head coach Mindy McCord. “We came out today looking for improvements and we definitely saw it. We showed a lot of grit and hustle on defense and the offense is starting to come to us.”

The Ducks would open up the game by scoring the game’s first three goals inside the first seven minutes.

JU would respond, capitalizing from a spell of possession, when Warnken took great look from Kitchelt right in front of the goal and finished nicely at 23:01.

The Dolphins pulled the score to 4-2 when Cassie Campassano scored her second goal of the season in a near carbon copy of her first at 13:32. The freshman grabbed a ground ball in traffic in front of the goal and fired the winner home.

Oregon would pull ahead after the Dolphin goal, scoring five goals in the remainder of the half compared to JU’s one, the first of the season for Kitchelt.

The Ducks again started strong at the start of the second half, scoring twice in the first three minutes before JU responded with a second goal from Warnken, taking a groundball from midfield and driving into the scoring area to finish passed goalie Sam DeBow.

The remainder of the second half saw goals from freshman Ellyn Spangenberg from a free position shot while goalie Salliebet Finnegan was stuck outside of the goal and Carly Garrison, taking a ground ball in front of goal and finishing on the left side.

The Ducks would outscore the Dolphins 13-3 in the second half, but the big story again came on the shots given up by the hosts.

Freshman goalie Karli Tobin made seven saves on the day while playing for 55-minutes.

The Dolphins are back in action next Saturday when they face their first game on the road against first-year program Florida in Gainesville at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Sun Sports.