Aztecs came back from an eight-goal deficit to outscore the Chants 11-7 in the final 28 minutes of the game
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March 27, 2021 (San Diego) - A valiant comeback effort by the San Diego State women’s lacrosse team came up short Saturday as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers topped the Aztecs 18-14 at Aztec Lacrosse Field.
Down 11-3 with 28:03 left to play in the game, the Aztecs went on to outscore the Chants 11-7, cutting the final deficit to four scores.
Sophomore Caitlin Jones led the Aztecs on the offensive front, scoring four goals on seven shots. Senior Bailey Brown scored her fourth hat trick of the 2021 season while adding two ground balls and eight draw controls. Junior Cailin Young and sophomore Camdyn O’Donnel each added two goals while senior Julia Sheehan, graduate student Emily Resnick, and freshman Morgan Delwiche each found the back of the net once. For the Chants, Samantha Courtemanche added five points to the board while Megan Busch scored four goals to lead Coastal’s scoring efforts.
Young added five draw controls and a caused turnover while Resnick had two draw controls and three ground balls. Sophomore Sam Horan came in for redshirt Katy Sharretts and recorded her longest appearance in a collegiate game, guarding the net for 44:55 while grabbing six saves and securing two ground balls. Coastal’s Claire Martell spent the entire game as the Chants’ netminder, earning 12 saves and four ground balls.
The Aztecs held the advantage in shots taken (35-to-28), shots on goal (26-to-24), draw controls (17-to-16) and free-position shots (8-to-4). The Chants collected more turnovers (11-to-10), saves (12-to-6) and ground balls (16-to-12) in their victory on The Mesa. Today’s game marked the first time this season that the Aztecs have lost a game when outshooting their opponent.
The Chants took the lead early with a 5-0 run in the game’s first 11 minutes and an 11-3 run in the matchup’s first 32 minutes of play. Down 11-3, the Aztec surged back with a 5-0 scoring run of their own led by two scores from Jones and one score a piece from O’Donnell, Brown, and Young. With the score at 11-8, the Chanticleers and Aztecs would go back and forth for the rest of the game. In the final 23:21 of play, both teams did not allow more than two consecutive goals to be scored by their opponent.
Caitlin Jones’ four goals are the sophomore’s first scores of the 2021 season and her four points on the day were the most points scored by the sophomore since Feb. 22, 2019, where she had four goals in the Aztecs’ 20-16 loss to USC on The Mesa.
SDSU continues a two-game homestand on April 4, welcoming the California Golden Bears to San Diego for an Easter Sunday high noon contest. The Aztecs and Golden Bears have already met in the 2021 season, as the Scarlet and Black scratched out a last-minute 12-11 victory in Berkeley on Feb. 28, 2021. The Scarlet and Black have not won a matchup since their victory in the Bay Area.