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#AztecWLAX Begins East Coast Trip at James Madison

Junior Jade Jones and the Aztecs begin their east coast trip at James Madison on Saturday.
Junior Jade Jones and the Aztecs begin their east coast trip at James Madison on Saturday.

March 27, 2014

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SAN DIEGO -

Game Week Reset
San Diego State (6-3, 3-1 MPSF) at No. rv/rv James Madison (5-5, 0-0 CAA)
Saturday, March 29 | 3 p.m. ET | University Park | Harrisonburgh, Va.

Aztec Story Lines
- The San Diego State women's lacrosse team hits the road this weekend for its annual spring break trip, as the Aztecs take on James Madison of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Live audio for the game will be available on GoAztecs.com.

- SDSU began the week in first place in the MPSF standings, winning three-consecutive conference games to begin the season before a loss at USC on Wednesday. Playing in its third season in program history, San Diego State has already set a new school record with four road wins, and tied its previous mark for most Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) victories in a season. In addition, the Aztecs are only two wins away from matching its single-season program high of eight.

- San Diego State is coming off a road loss at MPSF foe USC, 13-9, in a defensive battle on March 26. The Aztecs took an early lead in the contest, but a 4-0 USC run to close the first half put the Trojans ahead for good. Junior attack Michaela Jarvis (Annapolis, Md.) led SDSU with four goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Christina Ricciardulli (Poway, Calif.) finished with two goals, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.

- Senior Meris Walsh (Easton, Md.) leads the Aztecs in goals scored this season with 25, and has already recorded two four-goal performances and six games scoring at least three goals. The senior began the week tied for 44th in the country in goals scored, as well as 27th in the nation and second in the MPSF in goals per game, averaging 2.88 a contest. Walsh was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on March 17.

- Jarvis' 24 points this season on 13 goals and a team-high 11 assists is second to only Walsh's 25 points. In addition, Ricciardulli began the week ranked 40th nationally with 31 draw controls and fourth in the MPSF with 3.6 draws per game, while junior Lauren Paul (Grasonville, Md.) leasd all Aztec position players with 18 groundballs, and is tied with Ricciardulli for tops on the squad with nine caused turnovers.

- San Diego State is 5-0 this season and winners of six-straight games overall when leading at halftime, while its 6-2 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, 3-0 when they have the edge in draw controls and 6-1 when scoring at least 10 goals.

- The Aztecs began the week ranked 10th in the nation and second in the MPSF in scoring offense, averaging 14.8 goals per game, while they're also 23rd in the country in total points. In addition, SDSU started the week 20th in the nation and second in the MPSF with 13.7 draw controls per contest, 25th in the country with 9.5 caused turnovers per game and 20th in scoring margin (3.75). San Diego State also began the week leading the MPSF in shot percentage, scoring 119 goals on 236 shots (.504).

- For the season, SDSU has outscored opponents 128-102, while outshooting the opposition 250-226. The Aztecs have a 137-130 advantage in groundballs and have converted on 22-of-48 free position attempts (..458), while opponents are only 12-for-35 (.343).

Opponent Notebook No. rv/rv James Madison
The Dukes enter Saturday's game with a 5-5 overall record after earning a narrow home victory over Richmond, 8-7, on Wednesday. James Madison entered the week receiving votes in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll and Brine Women's Media Poll, and has already faced five ranked opponents this season, going 2-3 in those contests. Junior Stephanie Finley leads the Dukes in total points with 31 on 21 goals and 10 assists, and her team-high 37 draw controls was tied for 37th in the nation at the beginning of the week. Junior Ali Curwin is second with 29 points on 20 goals and nine assists, while senior Amy Roguski has 20 goals, sophomore Jaci Gordon has 11 and junior Emily Rhoads has a team-best 12 assists this season. Junior defender Lexi Cross has a team-leading 25 groundballs and is tied with junior Kaci Starkloff with 12 caused turnovers, while junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy began the week 15th in the nation with 74 saves (8.2 per game). James Madison has been outscored (118-105) and outshot (242-235) by its opponents this season, but has a 181-172 edge in groundballs, where the Dukes are 30th in the country with 17.8 per game. JMU is also tied for 28th in the nation with 144 total points. The Dukes were picked to finish second this season in the CAA Coaches Preseason Poll, while Roguski, Curwin, Cross and Healy were each named to the 2014 Preseason all-CAA Team. Both Roguski and Healy were first-team selection in 2013. James Madison is coached by Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, who is in her eighth season at the helm. She was named both National Coach of the Year and CAA Coach of the Year in 2010, when the Dukes set a school record for most wins in a season (17) en route to earning a No. 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Klaes-Bawcombe was also CAA Coach of the Year while at Hofstra in 2005, as they won a school-best 14 games. As a player at James Madison, Klaes-Bawcombe was a first-team All-American as a junior in 1996, and was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams.