Duck LAX drops home opener to Dartmouth in Double OT

Duck LAX drops home opener to Dartmouth in Double OT

EUGENE, Ore. – Liz Calby's goal with 1:03 left in the second overtime period lifted No. 12 Dartmouth to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Oregon on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Papé Field. 
 
Dartmouth starts the season 1-0 with the win while the Ducks fall to 0-1.
 
Oregon juniors Nikki Puszcz and Sami Kiser each scored two goals to pace the Ducks; Puszcz and Shannon Propst finished the match with two assists.
 
Puszcz got the scoring started just under three minutes into the match by capitalizing on a pass from Propst.  The man-up goal was Puszcz's 56th of her career and second all-time against Dartmouth. 
 
But the Big Green responded with two Hana Bowers goals over the next six minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
 
Then, with 17:31 remaining in the half, Propst evened the score at two with a shot from point-blank range.  Propst's first goal of the season was the last of the half for either team.
 
Oregon came out hot after the break and scored the first two goals of the half in less than seven minutes to grab a 4-2 advantage.  Sophomore Devon Frazer scored the Ducks’ third goal of the match from the right wing and Kiser took a pass from Savanna Peters to put the Ducks up two.
 
After the Ducks and Big Green exchanged goals, Dartmouth cut the Oregon lead to one (5-4) with 15:09 left thanks to Jaclyn Leto.  The Big Green would tie the match at five just moments later when Bowers scored her third goal of the match with 14:17 to go.
 
Then, Liz Calby gave the Big Green their first lead, 6-5, since the 21:55 mark in the first half with a free position shot at the 13:21 mark.
 
But the Ducks battled back to score two unanswered goals to take a 7-6 lead.  The first of the two saw Puszcz’s second of the afternoon; the second came at the 10:33 mark and featured freshman Carly O’Connell’s first career goal.
 
With 9:08 remaining, Dartmouth evened the score at 7-7 when Frances Bird converted a shot from just inside the circle.
 
Neither team manufactured a goal for the rest of regulation and the match went into overtime.
 
In the first overtime period, only Puszcz could get off a shot for the Ducks – it came with eight seconds left and was saved by Dartmouth goalie Kristen Giovanniello.  The match remained tied at seven heading into the second overtime frame.
 
In the second, Puszcz was awarded possession of the ball in the opening draw control but Dartmouth’s Lindsey Allard forced and Oregon turnover to get the ball back for the Big Green.  They would melt the clock down to just over a minute left.  Calby then took a pass from Bowers with 1:03 to go an rifled a shot into the net to give Dartmouth an 8-7 lead that it would not relinquish.
 
Oregon out-shot the Big Green 20-19 but fell in the draw control category, 12-7.  Duck goalie Caroline Federighi made five saves and picked up three ground balls, which tied for the team-high with O’Connell.
 
Dartmouth was able to convert two out of its six free position attempts while Oregon went 0-for-4.  The Ducks finished with 15 ground balls; Dartmouth managed to scoop up 13.  The Ducks committed 11 turnovers to Dartmouth’s 13.
 
Oregon will have less than 24 hours to prepare for its next game; the Ducks battle Cincinnati tomorrow afternoon at Papé Field.  Match time is slated for 12 p.m.