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#AztecWLAX Continues Homestand This Week

Freshman Vickie Porter and the Aztecs play host to LIU Brooklyn and UC Davis this week.
Freshman Vickie Porter and the Aztecs play host to LIU Brooklyn and UC Davis this week.

March 10, 2014

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SAN DIEGO -

Game Week Reset
LIU Brooklyn ( 0-6, 0-0 NEC) at San Diego State (4-1, 2-0 MPSF)
Saturday, March 12 | 7 p.m. PT | Aztec Lacrosse Field | San Diego, Calif.

UC Davis ( 3-0, 1-0 MPSF) at San Diego State (4-1, 2-0 MPSF)
Sunday, March 16 | 1 p.m. PT | Aztec Lacrosse Field | San Diego, Calif.

Aztec Story Lines
- The San Diego State women's lacrosse team has two home games this week on Montezuma Mesa, as the Aztecs play host to LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field, before resuming Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play against UC Davis on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT. Admission to each game is free, while live video and live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.

- SDSU defeated LIU Brooklyn, 21-1, last season in the lone meeting between the two teams, as the Aztecs led 13-1 at halftime before shutting out the Blackbirds in the second half. Meanwhile, San Diego State fell to UC Davis, 19-12, on the road last season, and is 0-2 all-time against the Aggies.

- The Aztecs are coming off its first loss of the 2014 season on Saturday, which was a hard-fought defeat to No. 5/ Boston College, 18-11, at Aztec Lacrosse Field. San Diego State took a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) just 26 seconds into the contest, and only trailed by three at halftime, 8-5. The Aztecs pulled within 13-9 in the second half after Ricciardulli scored her fourth goal of game, but it was the closest they would get the rest of the way.

- Junior Bailey Ewing (Reisterstown, Md.) and freshman Vickie Porter (Poway, Calif.) scored two goals apiece for SDSU, while junior Lauren Maack (Coronado, Calif.) recorded one goal, two assists, two groundballs and caused a turnover. Meanwhile Ricciardulli tallied team highs with four goals and three groundballs, while also claiming three draw controls. The junior midfielder went 1-for-2 in free-position shots on Saturday, and is now 3-of-6 on the season.

- Senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) leads the Aztecs with 12 goals this season, while junior Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) is tied with Walsh with a team-high 13 points on five goals and a team-best eight assists. Junior defender Lauren Paul (Grasonville, Md.) is tied with Ricciardulli for the team lead among position players in groundballs (9), while junior Grace Korandovich (Columbus, Ohio) has a team-high eight caused turnovers.

- Ricciardulli's 20 draw controls leads the team and are 34th-most in the nation, while Jarvis' eight assists are tied for 43rd and Korandovich is knotted for 55th in caused turnovers (8). As a team, San Diego State is 17th in the country in scoring offense with 14.2 goals per game, 18th in caused turnovers per game (10.6), 37th in draw controls per game (13) and 31st in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by 2.4 goals per game.

- SDSU has won six-consecutive games when leading at halftime, in addition to winning three straight when it outshoots its opponent and when it has an edge in groundballs. In addition, the Aztecs earned a victory in six of its last eight contests when holding opponents under 15 points.

- San Diego State has outscored its opponents 71-59 through five games this season, including 41-27 in the first half, while outshooting the opposition 136-121 (83-53 in the first half). The Aztecs have a .522 shooting percentage, while their competition is shooting .488, and have taken twice as many free-position shots (30-14), making 16 while its opponents have made only seven.

Opponent Notebook
LIU Brooklyn
The Blackbirds enter Wednesday night's game with an 0-6 record, and are coming off a loss at USC, 22-4, on Sunday. LIU Brooklyn has lost 24-consecutive games, with its last victory coming in overtime against Northeast Conference foe Wagner, 14-13, on April 5, 2012. In addition, the Blackbirds have won two games since the 2011 season. Freshman Mary McQueen was named NEC Rookie of the Week on Monday, while fellow freshman Jenn Peters earned the honor on Feb. 24 and currently leads the team with 13 goals, while Danita Stroup has a team-high 17 points on 11 goals with six assists.

UC Davis
The Aggies are off to a 3-0 start to the season (1-0 in MPSF play) for the first time since 2000, as they head into a busy week with home games against Siena on Monday and Robert Morris on Wednesday, and a road game at USC on Friday. UC Davis is coming off a come-from-behind victory over MPSF foe California, 8-7, at home on Saturday, as the Aggies trailed 6-2 early in the second half. Freshman Melissa Kellan leads UC Davis with 11 goals, while junior Elizabeth Landry is coming off a four-goal performance in the win over Cal. the Aggies finished 6-9 (3-5 MPSF) in 2013, including a win over No. 14 Stanford, as they had the No. 5 scoring offense in the nation. Head coach Kate Henwood is in her second season at the helm after serving as an assistant coach at Villanova for three seasons and playing as a four-year starter at La Salle.