Wellington School senior Grace Korandovich is known as the student president and a gifted artist. There is however a switch that goes off every time she steps on the lacrosse field.

Wellington School senior Grace Korandovich is known as the student president and a gifted artist. There is however a switch that goes off every time she steps on the lacrosse field.

"It is such a night-and-day contrast," girls lacrosse coach and athletics director Liz Clapacs said. "Most of the time, she truly is such a gracious person, but once she steps on the lacrosse field, she is a fierce competitor. She is physically aggressive and she doesn't know when to quit."

That aggressiveness led San Diego State University to recruit Korandovich as one of the keystones for its inaugural women's lacrosse team. The Aztecs begin competition next season.

Korandovich committed to the program in a signing ceremony Nov. 15 at the school.

"It's really cool to start the program from scratch and be a part of that legacy," Korandovich said. "I'm going to be in the (team's) first freshmen class. You could be the first person to score a goal and go down in history."

Korandovich played a major role in Wellington's run to the Division II state semifinals last spring.

A first-team all-district and a second-team all-state selection, she scored 38 goals and the Jaguars finished 15-4-1 overall after losing to Chagrin Falls 12-11 in the state semifinals.

"One of the things I learned from last year is if you worked hard, you'll get what you want," Korandovich said.

Korandovich is the third player in the last two years to commit to a Division I program, following 2010 graduates Kara Concheck (Fresno State) and Colleen Durfee (Brown). Concheck is in a similar situation with the Bulldogs, playing on a team that is entering its second season.

"It shows that there are opportunities out there," Clapacs said. "Whether it is Wellington lacrosse or Wellington athletics, if you have success here you have a chance to go on to the next level."

San Diego State recently hired Kylee White, an Ohio State graduate who was an assistant coach at Loyola University - Maryland and a three-time member of the Canadian national team.

Clapacs said White couldn't have picked a better leader for her first team than Korandovich, who has served as the captain for the girls lacrosse team for the 2010 team and this year.

"(White) was wise to recruit players like that who have the ability to take ownership of the program and be pioneers," Clapacs said. "Grace is not the type of athlete who can sit on the sidelines. She's the type of athlete who wants to go somewhere where she can get in and play right away."