The host school will be the underdog at the Pac-12 women’s lacrosse tournament.
Oregon will host the three-day, six-team tournament at Pape Field after finishing last in the conference at 1-9. The Ducks (3-14) face third-seeded Stanford (12-4, 7-3) in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner to face No. 2 seed Colorado (9-6, 8-2) in the semifinals on Friday night.
California (6-11, 3-7) and Arizona State (6-11, 2-8) face off in the other quarterfinal with the winner meeting top-seeded USC (14-3, 9-1) in the semifinals. The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The 20th-ranked Cardinal swept the Ducks this season and hold a 15-3 all-time record in the series. Stanford won 15-8 at home in March before winning 18-12 at Oregon on April 14.
First-year Oregon coach Chelsea Gamble spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford and helped the Cardinal win the inaugural conference tournament title last season.
Oregon wrapped up the regular season with back-to-back home losses against Stanford and Colorado. The Ducks opened conference play with seven straight losses before defeating California 12-8 on April 12.
Senior Shannon Williams leads Oregon with 35 goals and 27 assists while sophomore Lillian Stump and freshman Jamie Level have 24 and 22 goals, respectively. Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Hall has a 13.8 goals-against average and leads the Pac-12 with 225 saves.
Stanford sophomore Ali Baiocco leads the conference with 71 points, including 48 goals.