Aztec duo led team to first-ever postseason victory
Photo: Ijeoma Ikpe courtesy goaztecs.com
May 1, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State lacrosse seniors Ijeoma Ikpe and Katrina Reeves were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-tournament team, as announced Sunday following the MPSF Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.
A native of West Caldwell, N.J., Ikpe finished with eight goals in two games, directing nine of 10 shots on net (.900), while adding three ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
In the quarterfinals against Oregon on April 27, Ikpe tied a single-game school record with seven goals, leading SDSU to an 18-13 triumph, which marked the first postseason victory in program history. The Aztec midfielder also tallied a goal in the semifinals against USC to go with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. In her final collegiate season, Ikpe finished fourth on the squad with 21 goals and tied for the team lead with 24 caused turnovers.
Reeves, meanwhile, collected 21 saves, 12 ground balls and one caused turnover in her final two career starts at goalkeeper. Against Oregon, the Granite Bay, Calif., product recorded 10 saves while matching her own school record with seven ground balls. She also handed out an assist on one of SDSU’s goals in the first half, helping the Scarlet and Black build an 11-5 lead by intermission.
The following day against USC, Reeves made 11 additional stops and picked up a team-high five ground balls, completing her eighth game of the year with double-digit saves and her sixth contest with five or more ground balls. With her totals, the second-team all-MPSF performer also finished her illustrious career as the Aztecs’ all-time leader in saves (405) and ground balls (162).
San Diego State, which made its third MPSF tournament appearance last week, completed the 2017 campaign with a 10-8 overall record, marking the program's highest victory total since its inception in 2012. In addition, senior Kristen Hickey (first-team) and junior Mackenzie Lech (second team) joined Reeves on the all-MPSF team, giving the Aztecs three all-conference honorees in the same year for the third time in school history.