Trojans Hold off Aztec Attack to Escape with One-Goal Win

SAN DIEGO Sophomore Sophie Koubek recorded a hat trick with three goals, but it wasn't enough on Saturday night, as San Diego State suffered a narrow loss to MPSF foe USC, 12-11, at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

SDSU (8-8, 3-5 MPSF), playing only its second season in program history, finished fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, exactly where it was predicted to finish prior to the start of the season.

Sophomores Bailey Ewing and Michaela Jarvis scored two goals apiece for the Aztecs, who led, 7-5, with 5:46 remaining in the first half after a goal by freshman Alexa Comfort. Junior Christina Ricciardulli finished with five groundballs, four caused turnovers, three draw controls and a goal. Koubek added four draw controls, while Lauren Maack and Madison Formwalt also added one goal each. In addition, senior goalkeeper Sammy Slattery, playing her final game at Aztec Lacrosse Field, finished with five saves.

Team statistics from both sides were nearly identical on Saturday. USC had a slight advantage in draw controls (13-12) and shots (23-22), but also committed a couple more turnovers than SDSU (12-10). The only big discrepancy came in free-position shots, as USC went a perfect 3 for 3 in those opportunities, while the Aztecs were 0 for 2.

The Aztecs trailed by one point for the final 7:04 of the game, but got one last chance when Ricciardulli caused a turnover with 38 seconds remaining. However, SDSU was never able to get a good shot on goal, and fell short of its first MPSF Tournament appearance.

The score was close throughout the game, as USC built an early lead, 3-1, only to see SDSU tie the score three times before taking its first lead of the night, 6-5, on Ricciardulli's unassisted goal with 8:58 to go in the first half. But USC closed the first half on a 3-0 run to pull back ahead, and scored the first goal of the second half to extend its advantage to 9-7 with 26:15 left. The two teams exchanged goals from that point on, and the Trojans made plays defensively toward the end of the game to maintain possession and run out the clock.

Amanda Johansen and Caroline Cordrey each scored four goals for USC (8-9, 5-3), while Haleigh Dalmass and Caroline de Lyra finished with two goals apiece. Defensively, Kelsey Dreyer recorded four caused turnovers and three groundballs, while Johansen also recovered four groundballs.

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SAN DIEGO In a dramatic regular-season finish, USC earned a 12-11 victory over San Diego State to seize fourth place in the final MPSF standings and claim the final spot in the conference postseason tournament.

In their inaugural season, the Women of Troy (8-9, 5-3 MPSF) finished three spots higher than the league's coaches had predicted in a preseason poll as they wrestled away the win from the Aztecs (8-8, 3-5 MPSF) at Aztec Lacrosse Field on Saturday, April 27.

"For us, our main goal has been improving throughout the year, and we did that," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "There was a stretch in the middle of the season where we had a couple of losses in games that we maybe could have won. I'm really proud of the girls for not shutting down, then. We're really excited to have the opportunity to play in the MPSF tournament. It's really special and I'm really proud of the girls."

Final statistics were much like the final score. USC out-shot SDSU, 23-22, and had one more draw control, 13-12, and both teams were in a dead heat for ground balls, 11-all.

The Trojans got big performances from freshman attack Caroline Cordrey and freshman midfield Amanda Johansen. Each player tied for game-high honors with five points apiece. Both scored four goals and had an assist on the day. Johansen grabbed two draw controls and picked up four ground balls while Cordrey had two ground balls and three draw controls. The pair combined to help USC go three for three on free-positions shots. Cordrey had two and Johansen had the other.

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