Lacrosse Wins Third Straight, Defeats Niagara, 18-16
March 6, 2018
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State extended its winning streak to three straight games with a gritty 18-16 triumph over Niagara Tuesday at Aztec Lacrosse Field. With the victory, SDSU improves to 5-2 on the year, while the Purple Eagles slip to 3-2 overall.
After defeating their last two opponents St. Bonaventure and Presbyterian by a combined score of 41-5, the Aztecs had their hands full against a Niagara squad that nearly rallied from an 11-3 first-half deficit.
The Purple Eagles responded with six consecutive tallies over a span of eight-plus minutes through intermission, capped Jillian Ford's strike at the 23:47 mark, which trimmed the margin to 11-9.
The two teams took turns scoring the next eight goals, with Niagara's Hailey D'Hont narrowing the gap to two once again at 15-13 with 6:42 left on the clock.
Shortly thereafter, SDSU gave itself some breathing room after Elizabeth Rourke and Kirstie Greenlaw converted free-position shots sandwiched around Marissa MacRae's open field sprint that resulted in her first goal of the year, as the Scarlet and Black built a seemingly safe 18-13 cushion with 4:33 to go.
Undaunted, the Purple Eagles fought back with three straight markers, punctuated by D'Hont's third goal of the evening with 1:43 remaining. However, time was on the side of the Aztecs, who cleared the ball following a Niagara turnover before running out the clock on the offensive side of the field.
The Scarlet and Black was once again paced by Jill Haight, who scored all of her game-high four goals in the first half to go with six draw controls, while Rourke and Morgan Taylor finished with three points apiece on two goals and one assist.
In addition, the Aztec cause was aided by Greenlaw and Harlowe Steele, who notched two strikes of their own, while Bailey Brown came through with a career-high seven draw controls. Not to be outdone, Rourke tied Niagara's Lauren Paul for game-high honors with a personal-best five ground balls. In front of the net, Katy Sharretts made eight saves for SDSU, including five in the second half.
Conversely the Purple Eagles were led by Ford and D'Hont's hat tricks, while Caroline Crump, Rachel MacCheyne, Alexis Morales and Mackenize Molodetz had two each.
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