Titans Fall to San Diego State on Easter Monday

COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore Bailey Ewing scored three goals with an assist, while sophomore Michaela Jarvis recorded five assists and a goal to lift San Diego State to a victory over Detroit, 14-6, Monday evening.

Junior Christina Ricciardulli and freshman Alexa Comfort each added two goals for the Aztecs, while junior Meris Walsh finished with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Grace Korandovich, freshman Felice Artuso, junior Isabelle Pickett and freshman Katie Gill also one goal apiece. Artuso also recorded eight draw controls, which is a season-high for SDSU, with four groundballs and two caused turnovers. As a team, the Aztecs had a 17-4 edge in draw controls.

It was a game of spurts on Monday. SDSU began the game strong behind consecutive goals by Ricciardulli, as the Aztecs raced out to a 5-0 lead with 12:36 left in the first half. After Detroit responded with four-straight scores of its own to pull within one, Pickett's goal gave SDSU a 6-4 advantage at halftime.

The Aztecs took control of the game for good at the start of the second half, scoring the first-four goals en route to a 10-4 lead with 14:31 left. Walsh and Ewing scored two goals apiece during the stretch. Jarvis' five assists give her a team-high 28 this season, and the sophomore also leads the team in points (46).

SDSU returns to action on Wednesday when the Aztecs take on Ohio State, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (4/1/13) -- Two goals from both Megan Callahan (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and Kylie Birney (Plymouth, Mich./Ladywood) could not pull Detroit Mercy over the San Diego State Aztecs. The Titans fell, 14-6, in a game played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State Monday afternoon.

Zaynib Hamze (Dublin, Calif./Dublin) and Erin Campbell (Orangeville, Ont./Orangeville) both added single goals for Detroit.

At the end of the day, the two teams were close in shots, ground balls, clears, saves, and turnovers and Lexie McCormick (Peterborough, Ont./St. Peters) finished with seven saves on the day in the cage for Detroit but goals and draw controls were the ultimate difference.

SDSU had a slight advantage in shots (29-24) and ground balls (20-19) and made two more saves (9-7) while committing one more foul and the two teams each finished with 18 turnovers. UDM was 15-20 (75%) on clears and San Diego State was 14-17 (82%).

San Diego State (7-3) jumped on the board 59 seconds into the contest and went on to score the first five goals of the game.

Detroit (1-11) came back and countered one goal at a time to creep up on the Aztecs. It started at the 11:49 mark of the opening half as Titan goalie McCormick made a huge save from in close that started a UDM rally. A rally of four straight goals from Detroit started as Birney scored her 10th goal of the season off an assist from Tessa Keuler (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City) to put UDM on the board.

Senior captain Hamze followed that and ripped a shot that beat the SDSU goalie to make it 5-2 and then Campbell scored in her sixth straight game to cut the deficit to two. The other senior captain Callahan made it a one-goal game with 4:57 remaining in the opening half and the Titans were looking to compelete the comeback.

A yellow card issued to San Diego State with 1:38 left of the first half gave Detroit a man-up opportunity and a chance to tie the game but the Aztecs managed to increase their lead to two with a goal in the final second of the first half and take a 6-4 lead into the locker room.

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