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#AztecWLAX Heads North to Begin MPSF Play

Junior Bailey Ewing and the Aztecs travel to Northern California for two MPSF games this weekend.
Junior Bailey Ewing and the Aztecs travel to Northern California for two MPSF games this weekend.

Feb. 26, 2014

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SAN DIEGO - Game Week Reset
San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 MPSF) at California (1-0, 1-0 MPSF)
Friday, Feb. 28 | 7 p.m. PT | Memorial Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.

San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 MPSF) at Saint Mary's (0-2, 0-1 MPSF)
Sunday, March 2 | 1 p.m. PT | SMC Recreation Field | Moraga, Calif.

Aztec Story Lines
- 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 Last Meeting
California13
San Diego State11
April 14, 2013
Aztec Lacrosse Field
Lacrosse Drops Game to Cal, 13-11
The San Diego State Lacrosse team had a lead in the second half and was tied with five minutes to play, but couldn't hold on late, as the Aztecs lost to California, 13-11, on Sunday afternoon at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

The Last Meeting
Saint Mary's6
San Diego State19
February 22, 2013
Aztec Lacrosse Field
@AztecWLax Wins Home Opener, 19-6
Sophomores Michaela Jarvis and Bailey Ewing scored three goals apiece, leading the San Diego State Lacrosse team to a victory over Saint Mary's in its home opener, 19-6, at Aztec Lacrosse Field on Friday night.

- 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.

- San Diego State has outshot its opponents 49-44 through two games, with a .531 shooting percentage and a .918 shots-on-goal percentage. The Aztecs have recorded nine assists as a team, are 5-for-10 in free-position shots and have a 36-30 edge over its opponents in groundballs. In addition, SDSU has outscored opponents 18-9 in the first half with a 30-20 edge in shots during the first 30 minutes.

- Dating back to last season, the Aztecs have won four-straight games in the month of February and four-straight games when leading at halftime. In addition, San Diego State was 7-1 in games when leading at halftime in 2013, 7-3 when scoring first, 6-1 when out-shooting opponents and 5-1 when it had an advantage in groundballs.

Opponent Notebook
California
The Golden Bears are 1-0 this season after earning an MPSF road victory over Saint Mary's, 20-14, on Feb. 20, in its first of three conference games to begin the 2014 campaign. California had nine different players score in the victory, including a career-high five goals from senior Amelia Burke. In addition, freshman Bella Hunter scored four goals with three groundballs, two draw controls and two caused turnovers in her first collegiate game, after being named one of ESPN's Top 100 while at McDonough School in Maryland, the same school that produced Aztecs junior Bailey Ewing. The Golden Bears finished third in MPSF play a season ago with a 6-2 record (9-6 overall) before falling to eventual champion Stanford in the conference tournament semifinal. Cal is coached by Ginger Miles, who has a 27-21 record in her fouth season at the helm. She was the starting goalkeeper at Virginia in 2005 and 2006, leading the Cavaliers to consecutive ACC championships.

Saint Mary's
The Gaels have begun the season 0-2 after a season-opening loss to Cal and a home loss to Harvard, 18-7, on Sunday. Senior Krista Morgan leads Saint Mary's with six points on three goals and three assists, while senior Allie DeBruhl has a team-high five goals. The Gaels return seven seniors in 2014, led by Morgan, DeBruhl and second-team all-MPSF selection Rachel Minarovich. Morgan attended San Diego County's Poway High, the same school that produced SDSU junior Christina Ricciardulli and freshman Vickie Porter. SMC is coached by Lauren Uhr, who has a 21-89 career record in her eighth season at the helm after playing collegiately at Fairfield University.