Nace Helps the Pioneers Roll by San Diego State

DENVER University of Denver sophomore Gretchen Nace (Rochester, N.Y.) tied a career high with four goals, as the Pioneers rolled to a 19-6 victory over San Diego State at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Freshman Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) added two goals and a pair of assists, while junior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had her second-straight hat trick to give Denver (10-1, 4-0 MPSF) its 10th-straight win.

"I thought the reserves really did a good job of coming in, following the game plan and doing what they were supposed to be doing," said head coach Liza Kelly, whose Pioneers are 10-1 for the second time in team history, matching her first season in 2007. "This was really a team victory."

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made five saves in the final 41:41 after taking over for senior Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.), who had three saves.

San Diego State (4-8, 1-3 MPSF) started off quickly, jumping to a 2-1 lead five minutes into the contest, but the Pioneers rattled off nine-straight goals over the following 16 minutes to take an insurmountable lead. DU out-shot the Aztecs 36-21 and held a 16-11 advantage in draw controls in the contest.

The Pioneers conclude the regular season with three road games, starting with Fresno State on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT.

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DENVER -- The San Diego State lacrosse team couldn't stop Denver's 10-game winning streak in a 19-6 loss Monday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver. The Aztecs dropped to 4-9 with the loss and 1-4 in MPSF play, while the Pioneers upped their record to 10-1 and 4-0.

Kelly Jones, Sophie Koubek, Lauren Maack, Falon Manns, Jackie Mills and Meris Walsh each scored goals for SDSU, which was outshot, 36-21, in the game. Bailey Ewing and Christina Ricciardulli added one assist apiece.

Walsh led San Diego State with four shots, while Madison Wallace had a team-high three ground balls, Ricciardulli chipped in with a team-best four draw controls and Nicole Pullano led the visitors with three caused turnovers, to go along with two ground balls and two draw controls.

Sammy Slattery played all 60 minutes in net and made 19 saves.

The Aztecs jumped out to a 2-1 lead less than five minutes in behind back-to-back goals by Maack and Mills. Denver answered with nine straight goals over a span of 16:37 before Jones scored off a pass by Ewing with 7:56 left in the first half. The two teams traded goals as the Pioneers took a commanding 11-4 lead into halftime.

Denver scored the first three goals of the second half until Manns responded on a free-position shot with 17:20 remaining to cut the lead to 14-5. The Pioneers scored the next five goals before Walsh scored the final goal of the game on a free-position shot with 35 seconds left.

SDSU finished with four (12-8) more ground balls than Denver, while the Pioneers won the draw control battle, 16-11.

San Diego State closes out its regular season this weekend with league contests against Saint Mary's at 4:00 p.m. PT Friday and Stanford at 1:00 p.m. PT Sunday.

2012-04-09



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