Winthrop Drops Home Opener to San Diego State

ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop lacrosse team dropped its home opener Monday at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex, 15-11 to the San Diego State Aztecs.

The Eagles record fell to 0-2 overall with the loss, while San Diego State improved to 2-0.

San Diego State got off to a strong start, netting two goals in the first 35 seconds. After senior Mary Accomando got the Eagles on the board, the Aztecs rattled off three straight goals to go up 5-1 with 19:16 left in the first half.

Winthrop cut the deficit to 5-3 with goals off the sticks of junior Jenna Kasmarik and sophomore Hayley Krause. San Diego State then scored the next four of five goals to go up 9-5 with 4:10 on the clock. Kasmarik added the goal in the middle of the Aztec tallies.

The Eagles closed the half on a strong note, grabbing two goals in the final 1:01. Krause scored with just over a minute left on a free-position shot. Kasmarik brought the Eagles back within three with eight seconds left.

The Aztecs got the first tally of the second half, 1:40 in to go up 10-6. Winthrop then scored three straight in a span of 2:01 to get within one at 10-9. Krause netted her third of the game at 26:11, sophomore Shannon Gallagher grabbed her goal at 25:43 and sophomore Logan McCarthy scored at 24:10.

San Diego State was able to withstand the Eagle momentum, scoring twice more to go up 12-9 with 16:52 remaining. Winthrop pulled one back at 13:18 from Kasmarik, but three more goals by San Diego State over the final 12 minutes proved too much as the Eagles fell 15-11.

Kasmarik finished with four goals on six shots and also grabbed five draw controls. Krause added three goals on seven shots and went 2 for 3 on free-position attempts. Sophomore goalie Camille King recorded nine saves and picked up four ground balls.

The Eagles will return to the field on Sunday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to Fairfax, VA to take on George Mason.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Despite unusual circumstances surrounding its East Coast road trip, San Diego State pulled out its second victory in as many days, defeating Winthrop, 15-11, on Monday afternoon.

The Aztecs are now 2-0 for the first time in the program's three seasons after beating Winthrop in a game rescheduled from Feb. 14 due to weather. Similar to its season-opening win over Davidson on Sunday, SDSU controlled the first half of play to take a 9-6 halftime lead, before displaying enough mental toughness to withstand the Eagles' second-half rally.

“I'm really happy with the way our team stayed composed and played together the entire game,” head coach Kylee White said. “We went through a little adversity, but we just played together and that was a big part of the win.”

Junior Michaela Jarvis scored three goals and dished out four assists, while senior Meris Walsh finished with three goals. Juniors Grace Korandovich, Christina Ricciardulli, Bailey Ewing and sophomore Felice Artuso added two goals apiece, and junior Lauren Maack recorded one goal and two assists.

Defensively, Ricciardulli caused two turnovers and tallied six draw controls, while junior Catherine Shepardson had two groundballs with a caused turnover and sophomore Katie Gill caused a pivotal turnover late in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves finished with six saves in the win.

Much like Sunday's victory, the Aztecs jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, and led 9-4 after Walsh's second goal of the half with 4:10 left to play before intermission. The Easton, Md., native added her third goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half to extend San Diego State's lead to 10-6.

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