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Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 6, 2018 (San Diego) - After a 22-2 rout of Presbyterian on Monday afternoon, SDSU lacrosse returned to the field on Tuesday night to face Nigara.

The Aztecs struck first and early on a goal by junior Jill Haight.  After being stumped for a few minutes by the Purple Eagles, sophomore Taylor Sullivan snuck in and shot it below right into the goal.  A minute later, sophomore Morgan Taylor potted one.  One minute later?  Sophomore Meg Morgan.  Niagara finally stopped the Aztecs’ run on a goal by senior Jillian Ford.  But a one-timer by Haight put the Aztecs back up by four.  Fifteen seconds later, junior Kirstie Greenlaw tallied for SDSU.  Another goal added one more for the Aztecs.  A few minutes later, Taylor netted her second.  Niagara shortened the deficit soon after with two goals, but junior Harlowe Steele kept the Aztecs head with a goal.  Haight’s hat trick put the Aztecs in double digits.  Junior Lexi Tan put it top shelf for another goal.  Junior Mackenzie Molodetz tried to keep the Purple Eagles in it, but the Aztecs went to the half up by seven, 11-4.

Ford kicked off the second half on the right foot for the Purple Eagles and junior Hailey D’Hont brought them back to within five.  Molodetz made it four with her second goal.  Then it was three.  Then two thanks to Ford’s hat trick.  Junior Natalie Peel saved the day for the Aztecs, netting her first goal of the game and SDSU’s first of the half.  Sophomore Lauren Paul got Niagara back to within two.  Steele kept the Aztecs afloat with a goal, but a freshman made an appearance for Niagara; Alyssa Sproule cut the lead to two again. Aztec junior Grace McGinty helped SDSU stay alive on a free shot goal, but a few minutes later, Molodetz got herself the hat trick to cut the lead to two again.  But towards the end of the game, the Aztecs started to control the ball more in their zone and kill the clock a little and it paid off when senior Liz Rourke netted two goals, the latter after D’Hont made it a two-goal game again.  Sophomore Marissa McRae got the Aztecs to their first four-goal lead in a while with her first goal of the game.  Greenlaw added her second of the game and 11th of the season as another cushion.  Niagara junior Alexis Morales didn’t give up, cutting the lead to four.  Junior Caroline Crump cut it to three with two minutes left.  D’Hont scored her hat trick at 1:43 to cut the lead to two.  But the Aztecs somehow survived and held on to defeat the Purple Eagles 18-16.

SDSU returns to the field on Saturday at noon to face Boston College.