Oregon falls at home 12-7 to High Point

Oregon lacrosse couldn’t keep up with the pace in the second half, losing to High Point 12-7 at Papé Field Monday night.

The Ducks (3-2) were only able to notch a single goal in the second half, as the Panthers outscored the home team 5-1 to take the lead and the win.

For the second game in a row, Oregon showcased its depth on the offensive side of the ball, with all seven goals coming via different players. They outshot High Point 25-23, but ultimately couldn’t collect the victory.

The Ducks struck first after Natalie Modly was able to find Carly O’Connell at the 26:24 mark. But just one minute later, the Panthers tied it with a goal from Allie Foard.

High Point scored four of the next five goals of the game to take control and put the Ducks in a 6-3 hole. Oregon was able to battle back before the break, thanks to goals from Cambi Cukar, Rachel Steinberg and Shannon Williams. The Ducks went on a 3-1 run over the final four minutes to trail 7-6 heading into halftime.

The second half was when everything fell apart, with the lone goal for Oregon coming on a man-up score from Bella Pyne. It was Cuakar’s third assist of the night.

The difference maker was High Point goalie Molly Andrews. She was able to save 13 Duck shots in 60 minutes of game time.

Pyne was able to force a career-high-tying four Panther turnovers, while adding the goal, two ground balls and a draw control. Senior defender Jackie Moccia was also impressive, forcing two turnovers and picking up three ground balls.

Jenna Morris had two saves as Oregon’s goalie in 38 minutes.

Oregon will look to rebound against George Mason as it plays its third game in five days on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Christopher Keizur

Christopher Keizur

Christopher is a senior sports reporter for the Emerald. His work has been published by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, KVAL and Lane Today. He is a Tabletop games aficionado and amateur ghost hunter.