With the spring game quickly approaching, students are getting excited that finally, football is returning. Students have long-awaited the return of their beloved, nationally recognized football team. As excited as I am for its return, I have still been able to get my Oregon sports fix from other nationally ranked Oregon athletic teams.
What upsets me; however, is that as soon as our football and basketball seasons end so does the support for less-recognized Oregon athletics. Here are some facts about Oregon spring sports that will get you up to speed on how well Oregon athletics has been doing during football’s offseason.
Can you guess how many of our spring sports are nationally ranked?
I’m sure that students know that the University of Oregon is hosting the 2012 Olympic Trials for the second time in the past eight years. This is a big deal. What people don’t realize though, is that we have proved that we deserve to host the Trials again in TrackTown USA. The University of Oregon boasts a No. 5 nationally ranked women’s track & field team and a No. 22 ranked men’s track & field team. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sent at least one athlete from both the men’s and women’s Trials to the Summer Olympics in London. Students, go support your fellow academics in their quest to London in the Oregon Twilight on May 5th and the PAC-12 Championships on May 12th and 13th!
- In their fourth season after being reinstated in 2008, the Ducks are ranked No. 14 in the country! The Ducks currently boast a 27-13 record and are tied with UCLA for second in the Pac-12 with an 11-7 record. With only 11 more home games, make sure to take advantage of our beautiful weather and cheer on the Oregon baseball team and help keep their playoff hopes alive!
- Throughout Oregon’s 2012 season, the Oregon softball team has proved that they are a high quality team that can win games time and time again. Currently ranked No. 15 in the national rankings, they play among the elite. The Pac-12 is an incredibly dominant conference this season. There are currently four Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 15 with Cal at No. 1, ASU at No. 2, Arizona at No. 11, Washington at No. 13 and UCLA at No. 14. Oregon only has eight home games left at Howe Field so make sure to go cheer them on and boost them into the playoffs.
- The Oregon lacrosse team finished up the season ranked No. 27 with an overall 12-4 record, 5-4 in the women’s lacrosse Mountain Pacific Conference. They are playing at Cal on April 27 in the Mountain Pacific Tournament. If they can pull off a win, they will return home to Pape Field and play the next round on May 4th or 5th. Make sure to stay up to date and cheer them on as they celebrate another successful season!
The men’s tennis team is currently 17-6 overall, 2-5 in the Pac-12. Playing in one of the strongest conferences in the NCAA this season, the Pac-12 boasts four teams in the top 15 with USC ranked No. 1, UCLA, ranked No. 5, Stanford ranked No. 10 and Cal ranked No. 14. The Ducks ended their regular season ranked No. 68 nationally, an improved ranking from last season!
- The women’s tennis team is 8-11 overall, 2-8 in the Pac-12. The Pac-12 is equally as strong on the women’s side. Currently, there are four Pac-12 teams in the top 10 with UCLA ranked No. 1, USC at No. 4, Stanford at No. 5 and Cal at No. 8. Currently playing in the Pac-12 championships, the women are ranked No. 66 in the country.
- The men’s golf team currently ranks No. 12 nationally proving that they’re as good as our other spring sports. Again, the Pac-12 is an incredibly strong conference with six teams represented in the top 15 national rankings. UCLA is ranked No. 4, Cal at No. 5, USC at No. 7, Stanford at No. 9, Oregon at No. 12 and Washington at No. 13. The men are playing the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis April 27-29 with the hopes of winning and making it to the NCAA Regionals.
- The Oregon women’s golf team proves to be playing just as well in another strong Pac-12 conference. Currently ranked No. 21 in the national polls, the Ducks are one of eight Pac-12 teams represented in the top 25 national rankings. UCLA holds the No. 1 spot with USC close behind at No. 3, ASU at No. 4, Colorado at No. 11, Arizona at No. 13, Cal at No. 15, Oregon at No. 21 and Washington at No. 23. They too are playing in the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Washington with the goal of making it to the NCAA Regionals.