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#AztecWLAX Plays Host to No. 7 Boston College on Saturday

Junior Lauren Paul and the Aztecs play host to Boston College in their season opener on Saturday.
Junior Lauren Paul and the Aztecs play host to Boston College in their season opener on Saturday.

March 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO -

Game Week Reset
No. 7/7 Boston College ( 4-1, 1-1 ACC) at San Diego State (4-0, 2-0 MPSF)
Saturday, March 8 | 1 p.m. PT | Aztec Lacrosse Field | San Diego, Calif.

Aztec Story Lines
- The San Diego State women's lacrosse team plays host to No. 7 Boston College in is its home opener on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 1 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field. Admission to the game is free and live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.

- The Aztecs are off to a program-best 4-0 start this season, and are coming off two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) road victories over the weekend. SDSU earned its first-ever win over California, 14-11, in overtime on Friday night, before knocking off Saint Mary's, 20-9, on Sunday afternoon to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Gaels.

- With the victories, San Diego State dominated the MPSF weekly awards on Monday, as senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) was named Offensive Player of the Week, while junior Grace Korandovich (Columbus, Ohio) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Aztecs have won three player of the week awards in the first three weeks of the season, as junior Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) was named Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16. It was the first-career honors for all three players, as the Aztecs earned four player of the week awards all of last season.

- Walsh scored three goals in each victory over the weekend, adding an assist in the win at Cal. The senior leads SDSU in goals scored this season with 11, and has scored at least two goals in each game with three separate hat tricks. Korandovich scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Golden Bears, finishing the contest with four goals, while recording three caused turnovers, four draw controls, a goal and an assist against Saint Mary's. The Junior leads the Aztecs with eight caused turnovers, is second with 10 draw controls and tied for third with seven goals and nine points.

- Junior Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) leads the team and is tied for 34th in the nation with seven assists, Korandovich is tied for 33rd in caused turnovers (8), and Ricciardulli is tied for 38th in draw controls (17). The Aztecs are 7th in the country in caused turnovers per game (12.2), tied for 15th in goals per game (15), tied for 29th in draw controls per game (13.5) and are 24th in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 4.7 goals per contest.

- San Diego State has won six-consecutive games when leading at halftime, won four-straight when having the lead in a game and earned a victory in six of its last eight contests when holding opponents to under 15 points. In addition, the Aztecs snapped a three-game losing streak when the opponent scored first, ended a six-game slide when trailing in the game, and stopped a five-game skid when being outshot.

- San Diego State has outscored its opponents 60-41 through four games this season, including 36-19 in the first half, while outshooting the opposition 116-94 (72-40 in the first half). The Aztecs have a .517 shooting percentage, while their competition is shooting .436, and have taken twice as many free-position shots (26-13), making 14 while its opponents have made only six.

- SDSU is 0-2 all-time against ranked opponents. The Aztecs lost to No. 15 Stanford, 23-16, in the second to last game in 2013, and fell to No. 18/20 Ohio State, 19-4, in the first game of the program's history on Feb. 11, 2012. San Diego State has never played Boston College or any other team from the ACC.

Opponent Notebook
Boston College
The Eagles enter Sunday's game ranked 7th in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll Brine Women's Media Poll, with a 4-1 overall record after earning a road victory over Connecticut on March 1. Boston College has already defeated No. 13/T-10 Notre Dame, 15-10, on the road in its season opener on Feb. 15, and its only loss was at home to No. 2/3 Syracuse, 11-9, on Feb. 26. Boston College made the NCAA Tournament last season, falling in the first round to Dartmouth, 11-8. Junior Covie Stanwick leads the Eagles with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists, while junior Mikaela Rix has 20 points on a team-high 17 goals with three assists. Rix's 17 goals are tied for eighth-most in the nation, while Stanwick is 10th in assists and 15th in points. The duo each earned IWLCA second-team All-American honors a season ago as sophomores. Boston College has outscored opponents this season 65-39, including 36-20 in the second half, and have outshot opponents 121-82 with a convincing 65-48 edge in draw controls. The Eagles are 13th in the nation in total points (94), 27th in goals per game (13) and tied for 19th in scoring defense, allowing only 7.8 goals per contest. The Eagles are coached by Acacia Walker, who is only in her second season at the helm. As either a player or coach, Walker has participated in 11 of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. She graduated from Maryland in 2005, where was the Terrapins team captain during her senior season, in addition to being named a IWLCA All-American and all-ACC selection. Walker also competed on the U.S. Women's Senior National Team from 2002-2012, helping the team win a gold medal in the 2009 World Cup, and was an assistant coach for Northwestern when the Wildcats won three-consecutive NCAA championships from 2006-08.