No. 1 Oregon Looks to Capture Northwest Division Championship This Weekend
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University
of Oregon will get to defend its newly bestowed No. 1 national
ranking this weekend as the Ducks will look to capture their third
straight Northwest Division title at the division championship
tournament at Willamalane Swim Center in Springfield, Oregon.
Crowned No. 1 in the country for the first time on Wednesday along with the University of California-Los Angeles, the Ducks will get their first chance at holding onto the national ranking and earning another bid to the National Collegiate Club Championship this weekend as Oregon will take on Oregon State University, University of Washington, Western Washington University, University of Oregon "B", Western Oregon University and University of Washington "B".
A four-time division champion (2004-05, 2007-08) in five trips to the title game (2004-08), Oregon is the odds on favorite to repeat as Northwest Division champion as the Ducks defeated the seven other teams in the division by an average of 11 goals per game.
However, No. 2 seed Oregon State, which finished the regular season with a 6-2 mark in division play, will seek to avenge a 13-2 loss to Oregon during the regular season and take its second division title after capturing the 2003 crown.
In the history of the division, only three teams have won the title as the University of Washington, which enters this year's championship as the No. 3 seed, claimed the 1998-2002 and 2006 championships.
A slew of other teams will look for their first division title as Western Washington, Oregon "B", Western Oregon and Washington "B", which come to Willamalane as the No. 4 through seven seeds, will have their eyes set on moving up the division rankings and building for the future.
A complete bracket of the division games is available on the Northwest Division page.