EUGENE, OR. – Oregon men’s lacrosse enjoyed another successful game Saturday afternoon, taking down Santa Clara University by a score of 15-4. In front of a large crowd, the Ducks provided a steady game of offensive pressure by taking 47 shots on the day. After a slow first quarter, the Ducks came out with a 2-0 lead with goals from junior attack Max Schlesinger and senior midfielder Chris Brown. Early on, ground balls were the main issue as the Ducks were still finding their rhythm.
The rhythm was found in the second quarter as the Ducks put up four goals while giving back two to the Broncos. Through one half, the score was 6-2 and the Ducks rested up for what would be explosive third and fourth quarters. In the third, the Ducks took 14 shots on Santa Clara goalie, Luke Kantola, while putting three in the back of the net.
In the fourth, Oregon’s depth and speed proved again to be too much for the visiting team, as the Ducks put in six goals, including a heads up goal at midfield from senior defenseman Mike
Gerrard on an open net. The Ducks outscored the Broncos 6-2 in the fourth, to make the final
score of 15-4 on the day.
Max Schlesinger (three goals, one assist) and senior captain Justin Blackmore (three goals) each provided a hat trick for the Ducks, and Chris Brown added two goals and one assist. Junior
defensive anchor Nick Johnston never let up in goal, providing 11 saves on the day. The Ducks continue their home stretch next weekend in a PNCLL division contest against the University of Washington. The Huskies come into Eugene with a 13-7 win over Boise State in their last game.
The Ducks and Huskies will faceoff on Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Next Turf Field.
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