No. 13 Stanford Scores 10 Unanswered to Down Aztecs

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State suffered a home loss to No. 13 Stanford, 15-10, on Friday afternoon in the Aztecs' first game at Aztec Lacrosse Field since March 16.

SDSU (6-8, 3-4 MPSF) trailed by just one, 4-3, after a goal by junior Bailey Ewing with 7:48 remaining in the first half, before the Cardinal scored the last four goals of the first half and the first six of the second half to take a commanding 14-3 advantage. The Aztecs showed a lot of heart in the second half, however, scoring six of the game's final seven goals before eventually running out of time.

Junior Lauren Maack led the way for San Diego State, finishing with two goals, two assists, two groundballs and a team-high three caused turnovers, while reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Defensive Player of the Week Christina Ricciardulli came just shy or matching a program record with seven draw controls, along with two goals and two groundballs.

Freshman Vickie Porter tallied five draws, as she and sophomore Andrea Killebrew scored two goals apiece for SDSU, while junior defender Madison Wallace scooped up three groundballs and had two caused turnovers.

Despite the loss, the Aztecs controlled nearly every statistical category. San Diego State outshot Stanford, 31-25, doubled up the Cardinal in draw controls, 18-9, and finished the contest tied in groundballs, 21-21. In the end, SDSU's inability to stop Stanford's scoring run was the difference in the game.

“Stanford is a top-15 team, it just took too long to find our confidence,” head coach Kylee White said. “We just had to get out of our funk as a team. But I'm really excited for Sunday (against Oregon). The way we're playing is better lacrosse than earlier in the season when we were winning.”

Sophomore Felice Artuso's free-position goal less than a minute into the game gave the Aztecs the early lead, and Porter's goal off a pass from Maack cut the deficit to 4-2 with 21:09 left in the first half. Ricciardulli, Porter and Maack scored consecutive unassisted goals in the second half, and SDSU capped off its 5-0 surge with Killebrew's score off sophomore Alexa Comfort's pass and Ricciardulli's goal on an assist from Maack to make it 14-8 with 3:49 remaining.

San Diego State continues its three-game homestand to conclude the regular season on Sunday, April 20, as the Aztecs take on Oregon beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

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SAN DIEGO – Stanford scored 10 unanswered goals to break open a one-goal game on the way to a 15-10 lacrosse victory over San Diego State on Friday.

Lucy Dikeou and Kelsey Murray scored three goals each to lead Stanford (12-2 overall, 6-1 MPSF), which clinched a berth in the six-team MPSF tournament with the victory. The Cardinal still is in the running for a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. The tournament will be May 1-4 in Denver.

Eight Stanford players scored goals against SDSU (6-8, 3-4), which is fighting for a tournament berth. Alex Poplawski, Rachel Ozer, and Mackenzie Tesei scored two apiece. Hannah Farr had a goal and two assists. Dikeou has scored 13 goals in her past four games.

Defensively, Adrienne Anderson had two draw controls, four ground balls, and caused a turnover. Stanford goalies Lyndsey Munoz and Katie Wiseman combined for 13 saves.

San Diego State scored first, but Stanford answered with four consecutive goals. After the Aztecs closed to within 4-3 with 7:48 left in the first half, Stanford scored 10 consecutive goals over 23 minutes. Kelsey Murray sparked the run off an assist from Laura Klein on a power play.

Stanford continues the road trip with a clash at USC on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks.


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