SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad dropped a closely-contested, 13-12 battle at San Diego State on Friday evening at Aztec Lacrosse Field. With the loss, the Hawks drop to 2-3 while the Aztecs improve to 4-2. 

Freshman attacker Hope Anhut led SJU in scoring with four goals, while freshman midfielder Julia Pash recorded two goals, five draw controls, and a team-high three caused turnovers. 

Leading 10-8 heading into the final 17:28 of regulation, the Hawks saw their two-goal lead disappear on the tails of a 4-0 Aztec run that put San Diego State ahead, 12-10, heading into the final 11:46.

Anhut (11:00) and Pash (7:04) fired off back-to-back goals to even up the scoring, but SDSU's Ijeoma Ikpe netted the eventual game-winner with 6:43 remaining in regulation.

Senior midfielder Maggie Egan saw a great look with 1:12 to play, but SDSU's Katrina Reeves came up with her ninth save of the game to preserve the Aztec's one goal advantage.

For the game, San Diego State held a 20-11 advantage in ground balls, but Saint Joseph's won an impressive 20 of 27 possessions off the draw. Egan (6) and Pash (5) combined for 11 of those draw controls. Shots were almost even, with San Diego State owning a slight 34-33 edge.

The Aztecs scored six of their goals on free-position opportunities and were rewarded 13 total for the game, while the Hawks converted 4-of-6. 

Down 1-0 early, the Hawks used a three-goal run by Anhut (27:14), Egan (19:52), and Pash (17:39) to earn a 3-1 edge nearly halfway through the first. 

San Diego State responded with three in a row in just over a six-minute span (15:48, 11:59, 9:35) to jump back ahead by one, 4-3, but Saint Joseph's graduate student midfielder Mallory Grey equalized the scoring with 3:51 remaining before the halftime break.

The Aztecs would score back-to-back goals (2:51, 1:33) to go ahead by two, 6-4, but Anhut tucked away her second of the day with 58 ticks left on the scoreboard to keep the Hawks to within one, 6-5, heading into the halftime break.

San Diego State scored two of the first three goals of the second half (26:51, 22:55), with Saint Joseph's senior attacker Nora McCallion's 98th career goal sandwiched between (25:38), to extend its lead by two, 8-6.

From there, the Hawks exploded for four consecutive goals in under three minutes from sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol (21:57), freshman defender Bridget Cerciello (21:30), Anhut (20:15), and sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane (19:01) to go back ahead, 10-8. 

From there, the Aztecs closed the game on the 5-2 run. 

Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (1-2) made a season-high 14 saves in the full 60:00. 

Saint Joseph's returns home to host #15/13 Duke this Thursday, March 16. Opening draw is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.

GAME NOTES: Senior attacker Nora McCallion's goal at the 25:38 mark of the second half brings her to 98 for her career... The goal is also her 141st career point, which brings her into a tie for seventh all-time at SJU... Saint Joseph's falls to 0-2 all-time against San Diego State.

RELATED