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#AztecWLAX Falls Short at USC, 13-9

Michaela Jarvis scored four goals with an assist in the Aztecs' loss at USC on Wednesday.
Michaela Jarvis scored four goals with an assist in the Aztecs' loss at USC on Wednesday.

March 26, 2014

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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 p.m. ET.