Seattle, WA – The University of Oregon Ducks started their season strongly at the third annual
Pac-10 Shootout at the University of Washington. After playing the Cal Golden Bears (12) and
Stanford Cardinal (23), the Ducks (9) are undefeated heading into their first PNCLL game
against Montana at home.
Saturday, the Ducks played Cal in what was considered by many the game of the week for
PNCLL teams. The teams played even in the first quarter, each scoring two goals but the
aggressive Oregon ride kept possession in their favor for the majority of play. This stifling ride would prove to be a trend for the game and the weekend as the Ducks pulled away in the second quarter and continued to put shot after shot on goal. The University of Oregon put a total of 42 shots on cage and forced the Cal Goalkeeper Forrest Cheney, who had a very good performance in goal, to make 23 saves in the contest. As the game went on Oregon’s depth and their time of possession wore down Cal and proved to be the difference in Oregon’s 14-7 win.
Some top performers for the Ducks were sophomore midfielder Chris Brown (2G, 1A,) sophomore
attackman Sean Silverstein (2G,) and senior captain Brett Whyte who controlled the faceoff
game for the Ducks.
After their big opening win against Cal, Oregon looked to Stanford on Sunday. Similar to the
first game of the weekend, the Ducks’ aggressive ride and team depth would play a major role in
controlling the pace of the contest. Oregon ran three lines of midfielders from the opening
faceoff and controlled the tempo of the game by again keeping possession of the ball for the
majority of play. The Ducks’ had three 2 goal scorers in senior captain Justin Blackmore and
sophomore attackmen Sean Silverstein and Max Schlesinger and came out on top, 12-6.
This coming week the Ducks look to continue their strong start in their first PNCLL Division I
game against the University of Montana, who will be playing their first game of the 2010 season.
The game will be played at the Oregon Nex-Turf field at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 21. Visit
www.oregonlacrosse.org for details.