Winthrop lacrosse can’t overcome slow start

February 17, 2014 

The Winthrop lacrosse team dropped its home opener Monday at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex, 15-11 to the San Diego State Aztecs.

The Eagles record fell to 0-2 overall while San Diego State improved to 2-0.

San Diego State got off to a strong start, netting two goals in the first 35 seconds. After senior Mary Accomando got the Eagles on the board, the Aztecs rattled off three straight goals to go up 5-1 with 19 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half.

Winthrop cut the deficit to 5-3 with goals from junior Jenna Kasmarik and sophomore Hayley Krause. San Diego State scored four of the next five goals to go up 9-5 with 4 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Kasmarik added the goal in the midst of the Aztec run.

The Eagles closed the half on a strong note, grabbing two goals in the final minute. Krause scored with just over a minute left on a free-position shot, and Kasmarik brought the Eagles back within three with eight seconds left.

The Aztecs scored first in the second half to go up 10-6, but Winthrop scored three straight in just over two minutes to get within one at 10-9. Krause netted her third of the game at 26:11, sophomore Shannon Gallagher grabbed her goal at 25:43 and sophomore Logan McCarthy scored at 24:10.

San Diego State scored twice more to go up 12-9 with 16 minutes, 52 seconds remaining. Winthrop pulled one back from Kasmarik, but three more goals by San Diego State over the final 12 minutes proved too much.

Kasmarik finished with four goals on six shots and also grabbed five draw controls. Krause added three goals on seven shots and went 2-for-3 on free-position attempts. Sophomore goalie Camille King recorded nine saves and picked up four ground balls.

The Eagles will return to the field on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they travel to Fairfax, Va., to take on George Mason.

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