DENVER – University of Denver redshirt-senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) had four goals and two assists while breaking DU’s career scoring record, leading the No. 11 Pioneers to a 14-6 victory over Oregon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday evening. Secora now has 261 career point, moving her past Karen Morton (2006-09) for the all-time mark.
The victory extends Denver’s school-record winning streak to 14 games, and DU’s 16 victories this season tie the school-record, set by the 2007 squad. It also marked the fourth time under head coach Liza Kelly that the Pioneers (16-1, 8-0 MPSF) have gone undefeated in conference play.
Sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) tallied four goals, three assists and four ground balls, while junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) finished with two goals and one assist. Redshirt-sophomore Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) recorded a career-high 14 saves, and tallied her Denver-record 16th win of the season. Senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) extended her DU single-season record and NCAA lead with six caused turnovers, giving her 60 this season, and she added four ground balls.
“I am really proud of the win today,” Kelly said. “I think the team came out and played extremely hard for the seniors, and the seniors played exceptionally well in the game. We came out with a lot of fire, having lost to Oregon last year, and played a full 60 minutes.”
Denver jumped out to a four-goal lead powered by the Secora and Remenapp, who combined for two goals and three assists. Oregon responded by scoring the next four goals and holding the Pioneers scoreless for the final 23:07 of the first half.
The Crimson and Gold came out firing in the second-half, scoring the first five goals to take a 9-4 lead. The Ducks (8-9, 3-5 MPSF) responded with two goals midway through the half, but the Pioneers finished the game with five-straight goals in the final 10 minutes to seal the victory.
Tri-captains Secora, Henrich and Jessica Gring (Baltimore, Md.) were honored prior to the game alongside classmates Alex Befus (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) as Denver celebrated its Senior Day.
Shannon Propst and Kate Cathell led the Ducks with two goals apiece.
Denver next heads to the MPSF Tournament in Eugene, Ore. The No. 1-seeded Pioneers will open the tournament on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. MT, when they take on the No. 4 seed, which will be the winner of tomorrow’s game between USC and San Diego State.
Notes: Head coach Liza Kelly improved her career records as a head coach to 151-70 (.683) overall and 63-7 (.900) in conference play in 12 seasons between Boston University and Denver…sophomore Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) tied DU’s single-season record with her 64th draw control, matching Kate Broderick’s mark from 2005…sophomore Jill Remenapp needs just two points to become the second Pioneer ever to record 100 points in a season. Remenapp already holds the Denver record for assists in a season with 65, the fifth most in NCAA history, and her 3.82 assists per game are more than an assist more than the second-most in team history – and currently third in NCAA history… senior Kate Henrich has 60 caused turnovers this season, which is a team record and the 10th most in NCAA history. Henrich’s 160 career caused turnovers are the seventh most in NCAA history.
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