USC Scores Victory Over San Diego State

USC continued to push as Moore hit McMahon for a goal at 18:40 and an 8-5 lead. Ricciardulli had the answer as she put one past Shaeffer to bring SDSU within two again at 18:05. Moore went to goal unassisted to get the Trojans up, 9-6, but again Riciardulli had the answer at the 11:17 mark to pull the Aztecs within two goals at 9-7. A yellow card to sophomore midfielder Kaila Sommi put the Trojans down a player, but that didn't stop them from scoring a short-handed goal at 9:52 when de Lyra rolled the crease for the goal and a 10-7 lead.

Back at full strength, Johansen picked up a ground ball off of Reeves' save to preserve a Trojan possession. De Lyra made good on it as she hit Michael for another goal and an 11-7 lead with just under eight minutes to play. Pederson controlled the next draw to keep the momentum on USC's side. A free position attempt for the Trojans yielded strong returns as Ruland dropped a pass off to Dalmass for the score and a commanding 13-7 lead. San Diego State scored two more goals, each by Jarvis, before the Trojans bled the clock out to seal the 13-9 win.

USC is back in action on Friday, March 28, at Fresno State (1-8, 0-4 MPSF) at 4:00 p.m. PT. It is the first of five consecutive conference road games for the Trojans who will play at Saint Mary's College and California the following weekend.

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LOS ANGELES The San Diego State women's lacrosse team lost a low-scoring defensive battle on the road to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foe USC, 13-9, on Wednesday at McAlister Field.

The loss was the Aztecs' first in MPSF play this season, as USC finished the first half by scoring four-consecutive goals to take the lead for good. San Diego State (6-3, 3-1 MPSF) has now lost each of its two all-time meetings with the Trojans (4-4, 2-0).

Junior Michaela Jarvis scored four goals and recorded an assist to lead SDSU, while junior Christina Ricciardulli finished with two goals, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior Meris Walsh, junior Lauren Maack and freshman Vickie Porter also scored one goal apiece for the Aztecs, and sophomore Alexa Comfort had an assist.

Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves had another good performance on Wednesday, tallying 13 saves and six groundballs. In addition, junior Lauren Paul, junior Jade Jones and Walsh each had two groundballs, while Maack and Paul joined Ricciardulli with a team-high two draw controls.

San Diego State struck first with Porter's goal nearly eight minutes into the game, and led 3-2 when Maack scored unassisted with 14:08 remaining in the first half. After USC went on a 4-0 run to take a 6-3 lead into halftime, Walsh opened the second half with a goal off a Jarvis' assist, and Jarvis scored herself five minutes later to cut the Aztecs' deficit to one, 6-5.

Ricciardulli's second goal in a span of seven minutes pulled SDSU within two, 9-7, with 11:17 left, but USC went on another 4-0 run to extend its lead to 13-7 with 5:37 to go.

Caroline de Lyra posted four goals and two assists to lead USC, while Michaela Michael, Annie Ruland and Alex Moore scored two goals apiece. Amanda Johansen had five draw controls for the Trojans and Michael had four, as USC had a 13-11 edge in the category.

San Diego State hits the road for its spring break east-coast trip, starting on Saturday, March 29, at James Madison, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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