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#2 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Heads To MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Cardinal Will Face Winner Of #3 Colorado Vs #6 San Diego State


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Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver. Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event. The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding. Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.  Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific): Thursday First round Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m. Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m. Friday Semifinals Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m. Sunday Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver.
Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event.
The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding.
Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific):
Thursday
First round
Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m.
Friday
Semifinals
Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday
Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels South To Face San Diego State And USC On April 18, 20


Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen. Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes. Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that  were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in  those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9. Stanford in the Rankings:       IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)      Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)      Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)      Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)      RPI: No. 13 (No. 13) Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists. The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012. * * * Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.  The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen.
Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes.
Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9.
Stanford in the Rankings:
IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)
Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)
Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)
Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)
RPI: No. 13 (No. 13)
Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists.
The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012.
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Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.
The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Finishes Up Two-Game East Coast Road Trip At Navy On April 2


Game Week Reset  San Diego State (6-4, 3-1 MPSF) at No. --/19 Navy (10-1, 4-1 PL)  Wednesday, April 2 | 3 p.m. ET | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Annapolis, Md.  Aztec Story Lines  - The San Diego State women's lacrosse team concludes its two-game east coast road trip at Navy on Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 3 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.  - SDSU (6-4, 3-1 MPSF) is currently fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, but is tied with a league-best three victories in conference play. Wednesday's game will be the Aztecs' final non-conference game of the season, as they conclude the 2014 campaign with five-consecutive MPSF contests.  - San Diego State is coming off a road loss at James Madison, 20-7, in a game delayed twice due to weather on Saturday. The Aztecs took an early lead, but an 8-0 run to close the first half put the Dukes ahead for good. Junior attack Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) recorded a goal and an assist in the loss, while sophomore Alexa Comfort (Manahawkin, N.J.) scored a team-high two goals for her first scores of the season.  - Senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) scored another goal in Saturday's game, and has scored at least once in every game this season. The senior attack leads the Aztecs with 25 goals, and is tied with Jarvis (14 goals, 12 assists) for a team-best 26 points. Junior Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) is second on the team with 16 goals and junior Bailey Ewing (Reisterstown, Md.) is third with 15, while Jarvis and junior Lauren Maack (Coronado, Calif.) are tied for fourth with 14 scores apiece.  - Defensively, junior Lauren Paul (Grasonville, Md.) is tops on the squad with 20 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers, while Ricciardulli is 50th in the nation with a team-high 34 draw controls, ranks second in caused turnovers (10) and fourth in groundballs (14). In addition, freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves (Granite Bay, Calif.) is 41st in the country with 67 saves and 49th with 6.7 saves per game.  - San Diego State is 18th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.5 goals per contest, and is 29th in points with 170. The Aztecs have an MPSF-best 135 goals this season, and trail only Oregon and Stanford for the conference lead in goals per game. SDSU also leads the MPSF in shot percentage, scoring 135 goals on 271 shots (.498), while it ranks third in the conference in shots per game (27.1) and second in shots on goal per game (21.9).  - SDSU also ranks highly in several defensive categories, as they're first in the conference and 21st in the nation in draw controls per game (13.4), 36th in caused turnovers per game (8.8) and 36th in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 1.3 goals per game.  - San Diego State is 5-0 this season and winners of six-straight games overall when leading at halftime, while its 6-3 when having the lead at any point in the game. Furthermore, the Aztecs are 5-0 this season when outshooting its opponent, 3-0 when scoring the final goal of the game, and 3-0 when they have the edge in draw controls.  - The Aztecs are 4-2 this season in road games, with its only two losses coming in their previous two contests away from home. SDSU has won six of its last seven games when scoring at least 10 goals, and have won four straight when tallying at least 15 goals.

Game Week Reset
San Diego State (6-4, 3-1 MPSF) at No. –/19 Navy (10-1, 4-1 PL)
Wednesday, April 2 | 3 p.m. ET | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Annapolis, Md.
Aztec Story Lines
– The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team concludes its two-game east coast road trip at Navy on Wednesday, April 2, beginning at 3 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.
– SDSU (6-4, 3-1 MPSF) is currently fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, but is tied with a league-best three victories in conference play. Wednesday’s game will be the Aztecs’ final non-conference game of the season, as they conclude the 2014 campaign with five-consecutive MPSF contests.
– San Diego State is coming off a road loss at James Madison, 20-7, in a game delayed twice due to weather on Saturday. The Aztecs took an early lead, but an 8-0 run to close the first half put the Dukes ahead for good. Junior attack Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) recorded a goal and an assist in the loss, while sophomore Alexa Comfort (Manahawkin, N.J.) scored a team-high two goals for her first scores of the season.
– Senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) scored another goal in Saturday’s game, and has scored at least once in every game this season. The senior attack leads the Aztecs with 25 goals, and is tied with Jarvis (14 goals, 12 assists) for a team-best 26 points. Junior Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) is second on the team with 16 goals and junior Bailey Ewing (Reisterstown, Md.) is third with 15, while Jarvis and junior Lauren Maack (Coronado, Calif.) are tied for fourth with 14 scores apiece.
– Defensively, junior Lauren Paul (Grasonville, Md.) is tops on the squad with 20 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers, while Ricciardulli is 50th in the nation with a team-high 34 draw controls, ranks second in caused turnovers (10) and fourth in groundballs (14). In addition, freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves (Granite Bay, Calif.) is 41st in the country with 67 saves and 49th with 6.7 saves per game.
– San Diego State is 18th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 13.5 goals per contest, and is 29th in points with 170. The Aztecs have an MPSF-best 135 goals this season, and trail only Oregon and Stanford for the conference lead in goals per game. SDSU also leads the MPSF in shot percentage, scoring 135 goals on 271 shots (.498), while it ranks third in the conference in shots per game (27.1) and second in shots on goal per game (21.9).
– SDSU also ranks highly in several defensive categories, as they’re first in the conference and 21st in the nation in draw controls per game (13.4), 36th in caused turnovers per game (8.8) and 36th in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 1.3 goals per game.
– San Diego State is 5-0 this season and winners of six-straight games overall when leading at halftime, while its 6-3 when having the lead at any point in the game. Furthermore, the Aztecs are 5-0 this season when outshooting its opponent, 3-0 when scoring the final goal of the game, and 3-0 when they have the edge in draw controls.
– The Aztecs are 4-2 this season in road games, with its only two losses coming in their previous two contests away from home. SDSU has won six of its last seven games when scoring at least 10 goals, and have won four straight when tallying at least 15 goals.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse (4-0) Tops Saint Mary’s 20-9 On March 2; Aztecs Use 11-0 Run To Take Control In Second Half


The San Diego State women's lacrosse team continued its winning ways on Sunday afternoon, earning a road victory over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foe Saint Mary's, 20-9, at SMC Recreation Field.  The Aztecs (4-0, 2-0 MPSF) are off to the best start in program history, as five different players recorded hat tricks on Sunday. Senior Meris Walsh, junior Lauren Maack and sophomores Felice Artuso, Andrea Killebrew and Katie Gill scored three goals apiece, as SDSU improved to 4-0 all-time against the Gaels. Junior Bailey Ewing also added two goals, both of which came during SDSU's 11-0 run to take control of the game after a slow start.  "We started off flat and Saint Mary's took advantage of that because they're a fast, aggressive team," head coach Kylee White said. "We just rallied together and figured out what we needed to do. It's been the story of the season so far - fighting through adversity."  Junior Grace Korandovich recorded a goal, an assist, four draw controls and three caused turnovers in her second-consecutive strong performance, while junior Christina Ricciardulli finished with three caused turnovers, five draw controls and two groundballs, and freshman Vickie Porter had six draw controls. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Merritt made her first-career appearance, playing 36 minutes in the net and tallying six saves.  The Gaels raced out to a 3-0 lead and were ahead 5-2 before Walsh scored unassisted and Artuso capitalized on a free-position opportunity to pull within one. The Aztecs later went on a 3-0 scoring spurt to take the lead, as Maack's goal off a pass from Gill made it 7-6 with 14:51 left in the first half.  After Saint Mary's (0-3, 0-2 MPSF) tied it less than three minutes later, San Diego State scored the next 11 goals to take a commanding lead, 18-7. The Aztecs have started MPSF play 2-0 for the second-straight year, as everyone of the roster played on Sunday.  "It's a great way to start conference play," White said. "Having a complete team effort and having everyone contribute was awesome."  San Diego State outshot Saint Mary's 41-22 (28-10 in the first half), had a 19-11 edge in draw controls and an astounding 12-1 advantage in free-position shots. Senior Allie DeBruhl scored a game-high four goals for the Gaels, while freshman Megan Zummo had two assists, five caused turnovers and six draw controls.  SDSU plays host to No. 10/9 Boston College in its home opener on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 1 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways on Sunday afternoon, earning a road victory over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foe Saint Mary’s, 20-9, at SMC Recreation Field.
The Aztecs (4-0, 2-0 MPSF) are off to the best start in program history, as five different players recorded hat tricks on Sunday. Senior Meris Walsh, junior Lauren Maack and sophomores Felice Artuso, Andrea Killebrew and Katie Gill scored three goals apiece, as SDSU improved to 4-0 all-time against the Gaels. Junior Bailey Ewing also added two goals, both of which came during SDSU’s 11-0 run to take control of the game after a slow start.
“We started off flat and Saint Mary’s took advantage of that because they’re a fast, aggressive team,” head coach Kylee White said. “We just rallied together and figured out what we needed to do. It’s been the story of the season so far – fighting through adversity.”
Junior Grace Korandovich recorded a goal, an assist, four draw controls and three caused turnovers in her second-consecutive strong performance, while junior Christina Ricciardulli finished with three caused turnovers, five draw controls and two groundballs, and freshman Vickie Porter had six draw controls. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Merritt made her first-career appearance, playing 36 minutes in the net and tallying six saves.
The Gaels raced out to a 3-0 lead and were ahead 5-2 before Walsh scored unassisted and Artuso capitalized on a free-position opportunity to pull within one. The Aztecs later went on a 3-0 scoring spurt to take the lead, as Maack’s goal off a pass from Gill made it 7-6 with 14:51 left in the first half.
After Saint Mary’s (0-3, 0-2 MPSF) tied it less than three minutes later, San Diego State scored the next 11 goals to take a commanding lead, 18-7. The Aztecs have started MPSF play 2-0 for the second-straight year, as everyone of the roster played on Sunday.
“It’s a great way to start conference play,” White said. “Having a complete team effort and having everyone contribute was awesome.”
San Diego State outshot Saint Mary’s 41-22 (28-10 in the first half), had a 19-11 edge in draw controls and an astounding 12-1 advantage in free-position shots. Senior Allie DeBruhl scored a game-high four goals for the Gaels, while freshman Megan Zummo had two assists, five caused turnovers and six draw controls.
SDSU plays host to No. 10/9 Boston College in its home opener on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 1 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Earn 14-11 OT Win Over Cal Berkeley On Feb 28; Bears Rally From Down 9-4 In Second Half


San Diego State Women's Lacrosse vs Cal

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team earned a thrilling overtime road victory over California, 14-11, in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opener on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Junior Grace Korandovich scored a goal in each of the two three-minute overtime periods, the first coming just 38 seconds into the first overtime, to help the Aztecs defeat the Golden Bears for the first time in the program’s three-year history. It’s also the first time SDSU (3-0, 1-0 MPSF) has been undefeated through three games of the season.
“It was a very physical game, and we didn’t find our groove until overtime,” head coach Kylee White said. “We kind of beat ourselves on a couple things, but we stayed united, mentally tough and fought hard to get the win.”
Korandovich scored a career-high four goals to go with two draw controls and a caused turnover, while senior Meris Walsh recorded three goals with an assist, and junior Bailey Ewing finished with three goals.
Junior Lauren Maack added two scores for the Aztecs, while junior Lauren Paul came up big defensively with four caused turnovers and three groundballs. In addition, freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves tallied a career-high 10 saves, and sophomore Felice Artuso had five draw controls.
San Diego State ended the first half on a five-point scoring run, and Korandovich scored the first goal of the second half to push the Aztecs’ lead to 7-3 with 27:16 remaining. After consecutive goals from Walsh and Maack extended the lead to 9-4, Cal scored three straight to pull within two.
A Korandovich goal off an assist from freshman Vickie Porter put SDSU ahead, 11-8, but the Golden Bears (1-1, 1-1 MPSF) scored three goals in the final four minutes of regulation, capped by freshman Bella Hunter’s goal with five seconds left, to send the game into overtime. Hunter finished with a game-high five goals, while senior Paige Gasporino had two goals and three assists.
“We took (overtime) more as a new game,” White said. “We knew we didn’t play well the last 15 minutes (of regulation), but overtime was a fresh start to play our game. We came out ready to put them away.”
San Diego State continues its road trip through Northern California on Sunday, as the Aztecs take on Saint Mary’s at SMC Recreational Field beginning at 1 p.m. PT.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse (2-0) Begin MPSF Schedule With Games Vs Cal Berkeley And Saint Mary’s On Feb 28, Mar 2


The San Diego State women's lacrosse team begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend, with conference road games at California on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. PT and at Saint Mary's on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. PT. Live stats for both games will be available on GoAztecs.com.

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this weekend, with conference road games at California on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. PT and at Saint Mary’s on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. PT. Live stats for both games will be available on GoAztecs.com.

The Aztecs are off to a 2-0 start in 2014, which is the program’s best start in its three-year history. SDSU won two road games on the east coast in as many days to begin the season, defeating Davidson, 11-10, on Feb. 16 before knocking off Winthrop, 15-11, on Feb. 17.

– San Diego State is 3-0 all-time against Saint Mary’s, including a 19-6 victory over the Gaels last season. The Aztecs are still searching for their first win against California after suffering a narrow defeat to the Golden Bears, 13-11, at home in 2013. SDSU was picked to finish sixth out of 10 teams in the Preseason MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll on Jan. 31, just two points behind No. 5 California. Saint Mary’s was predicted to finish in ninth place.

– Junior midfielder Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week following the Aztecs’ opening weekend on Feb. 17, as she recorded five draw controls, two groundballs, caused two turnovers and scored a goal in win over Davidson, and had six draw controls, two caused turnovers and two goal in the victory at Winthrop. It was Ricciardulli’s first-career weekly honor after being a second-team all-MPSF selection in 2013.

– Through two games this season, senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) leads San Diego State with five goals on eight shots, while junior Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) has a team-high nine points on four goals and five assists. Walsh scored two goals in the season-opener against Davidson and added three more against Winthrop, while Jarvis had a huge game in the victory over Winthrop, recording three goals and four assists.

– Defensively, Ricciardulli is pacing SDSU with 11 draw controls and is tied with junior Grace Korandovich (Columbus, Ohio) with a team-high four caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves (Granite Bay, Calif.) leads the Aztecs with eight groundballs, and has recorded 10 saves this season.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse (2-0) Tops Winthrop 15-11 On Feb 17


Despite unusual circumstances surrounding its East Coast road trip, the San Diego State women’s lacrosse team pulled out its second victory in as many days, defeating Winthrop, 15-11, on Monday afternoon.
The Aztecs are now 2-0 for the first time in the program’s three seasons after beating Winthrop in a game rescheduled from Feb. 14 due to weather. Similar to its season-opening win over Davidson on Sunday, SDSU controlled the first half of play to take a 9-6 halftime lead, before displaying enough mental toughness to withstand the Eagles’ second-half rally.
“I’m really happy with the way our team stayed composed and played together the entire game,” head coach Kylee White said. “We went through a little adversity, but we just played together and that was a big part of the win.”
Junior Michaela Jarvis scored three goals and dished out four assists, while senior Meris Walsh finished with three goals. Juniors Grace Korandovich, Christina Ricciardulli, Bailey Ewing and sophomore Felice Artuso added two goals apiece, and junior Lauren Maack recorded one goal and two assists.
Defensively, Ricciardulli caused two turnovers and tallied six draw controls, while junior Catherine Shepardson had two groundballs with a caused turnover and sophomore Katie Gill caused a pivotal turnover late in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves finished with six saves in the win.
Much like Sunday’s victory, the Aztecs jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, and led 9-4 after Walsh’s second goal of the half with 4:10 left to play before intermission. The Easton, Md., native added her third goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half to extend San Diego State’s lead to 10-6.
Winthrop scored three-straight goals to pull within one, but an unassisted goal by Korandovich and Ricciardulli’s score off a pass from Jarvis made it 12-9 with 16:52 left to play. After the Eagles scored to cut the lead to two, the Aztecs scored three of the final four goals of the game to win by their biggest margin of the young season.