Shannon Propst finished her junior year just eight assists shy of Oregon’s career record, so it was all but certain she would break it a few games into this season.
The Fallston graduate didn’t wait that long. With nine assists in Monday’s season opener, she not only broke the career record, she also broke the Ducks’ single-game assist record.
Propst said she had no idea that she had so many assists until she got on the bus after the Ducks beat Stetson 20-3. One one of her teammates told her about the records.
“My roommate asked me, ‘Did you know how many you had?’ and I said, ‘Honestly, no.’ It just was kind of happening. It felt like everybody was equally contributing. We had a lot of different people scoring, a lot of different people assisting, so I really didn’t even notice,” Propst said.
Her nine assists broke the single-game record of six set in 2006. The last one lifted her atop the all-time list with 79, breaking the mark set two years ago by Severna Park graduate Kristina Barrett. Propst extended that record with two assists in Wednesday’s 23-3 win over Coastal Carolina, the second game in the Ducks' two-game Florida road trip.
In 2013, Propst set Oregon records for points (68), assists (39) and assists per game (2.29). In two games this spring, she has 16 points giving her 164 for her career – not far from Ilsa van den Berg’s 2009 school record of 193.
“I think it’s really awesome that I’m up on the list with some of the best people that have come through the Oregon program so far, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. It’s a team sport. If they aren’t finishing the shots, I’m not getting the assists. If they’re not getting open, I don’t have anyone to hit. It has to do with a lot of their help so I can’t take all the credit," ssaid Propst, a two-time second-team all-conference selection in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
At Fallston, Propst wasn't an assist leader. She played midfield for the Cougars team that won the 2009 Class 3A-2A state championship in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history -- 16-1 over 15-time state champ Mount Hebron. She also played on two state champion Fallston basketball teams.
"In high school I never really played behind (the goal)," she said. "I was more of an up-top middie and then when I came to college, they put me on the attacking end and put me with Kristina Barrett. Playing back there with her, she helped me see the vision from behind the goal and I feel like I've grown into it and when she graduated I stepped into that role."
Last season, her assists rose from 19 as a sophomore to 39. This season, she's almost a third of the way there in just two games.
While the records are nice, Propst's main goal for the season is to help get the Ducks get back into the four-team Mountain Pacific tournament. They missed it last year after winning it her sophomore year. That season, the Ducks went on to fall to Navy 10-9 in overtime of an NCAA tournament play-in game.