Bearcats Lacrosse Set for Sunday Tilt at Oregon
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Cincinnati Game Notes 

THE GAME
The Bearcats lacrosse team travels the west coast to take on the Oregon Ducks following their season opening 13-8 victory over Coastal Carolina. This game will be the second of the season for both teams as Oregon opens the 2013 campaign against Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 23.

THE BEARCATS-DUCKS SERIES:
Last Meeting: UC and Oregon last played on April 1, 2012 at a neutral site, with the Ducks winning 20-10. The Bearcats' offense was led by seniors Laura Simanski and Marissa Pierson with four goals each. Oregon's Nikki Puszcz scored a game-high five goals.

This is the fourth meeting between Cincinnati and Oregon. The Ducks lead the all-time series 3-0.
 Date              Location                       Result
 4/1/2012    Davidsonville, Md.    L, 20-10
 3/6/2011    Cincinnati, Ohio       L, 16-5
 3/20/2010  Eugene, Ore.           L, 14-8

DUCK HUNTING: SCOUTING OREGON
• Oregon women's lacrosse plays in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and enters the 2013 campaign as
the league's defending champions.
• The Ducks were picked to finish second in the MPSF this season (behind Stanford).
• The Ducks open the 2013 season with seven straight home games, including Sunday's matchup against the Bearcats.
• Oregon's opens the season against Dartmouth on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Dartmouth leads the all-time series
1-0.
• Oregon junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi had a .502 save percentage and 9.15 goals against average in 2012,
marking single-season school records in both categories. She enters the 2013 season with 228 career saves, second
all-time in program history.
• Oregon head coach Jen Larsen Beck is the program's first and only lacrosse coach and has led the Ducks to an 82-64
record during her eight-year tenure.

COACH'S CORNER: Game Preview with Head Coach Gina Oliver

How is the team chemistry?

"Our team is getting better and better each day.  We are beginning to learn each other's strengths and learning how to make each other better.  We are taking one day and one game at a time, and as long as we are getting better, our team is going in the right direction."

What will you need to do against Oregon to be successful?

"Compete and play with confidence.  These are two things that we preach daily.  Oregon is a very good team and we have to compete every minute and every play to come out on top."

What would a 2-0 start mean to you? This program?

"To me it would mean we are getting better.  We have goals for this year and for our program moving forward, and this would just be the beginning.  A GREAT beginning if we can continue to win games!"   

NEW CATS ON THE BLOCK
Freshman Courtney Curtis scored 5 goals in the Bearcats' 13-8 victory over Coastal Carolina on February 15, 2013. The last time a freshman scored 5 goals or more was March 7, 2009 when Katie Liberatore netted 5 goals against Duquesne. The Bearcats started freshman Meg Gulmi in the net against CCU. This marked the first time a freshman started a game in the net for the Bearcats since March 30, 2008 when Haley Marvine started as goalkeeper against BIG EAST rival Syracuse.

AND THE HONORS ROLL
Courtney Curtis proved to be a defensive problem for Coastal Carolina, netting five goals and one assist in UC's season opener. For her efforts, Curtis was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW
The last time the Bearcats won their season opener was March 5, 2010 against the University of Detroit. The Bearcats prevailed 10-6. It was an all-around great team performance by the Bearcats with eight different players one goal or more. The last time the Bearcats won back-to-back games to start the season was the 2008-2009 season when they started 3-0 with victories over Presbyterian College, Duquesne and Robert Morris.

TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
Along with Courtney Curtis' five goal performance, the Bearcats got production from many other key players. Junior Taylor Young (3) and Sophomore Meg Bell (2) each contributed multiple goals, while Katie Kiriazoglou, Kylie Ramsland, and Ashley Helmrath each netted one goal.

UP NEXT FOR THE BEARCATS:
3 p.m., March 5, 2013 vs. Niagara at Nippert Stadium.