SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Krista Morgan came off the bench to score three points, and Amanda Cross added two goals but they weren't enough as the Saint Mary's lacrosse team dropped its season opener 19-6 to host San Diego State on Friday night.
Playing under the lights in Southern California, Saint Mary's (0-1) fell behind 3-0 within the first six minutes of a game that was both the season and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
The Gaels had a response though, as Rachel Sunday found the net and Cross scored both of her goals to tie the score at three. The flurry of scoring for Saint Mary's came within a three-minute period.
San Diego State (2-1) took control for the rest of the half, scoring eight unanswered goals to take an 11-3 lead into the break.
Morgan would score both of her goals in the second half and assist on another score by Jillian Chong as Saint Mary's rounded out its scoring. In her first start as a Gael, goalkeeper Katherine Herzog stopped five shots for SMC.
Saint Mary's returns to the field Sunday at 1 p.m. when it takes on USC (1-2) in Los Angeles. The Gaels return home to host UC Davis on March 1 at 6 p.m.