Dogs Take Positive First Step
    The Bulldogs open the 2011 season Wednesday at Stanford.
    The Bulldogs open the 2011 season Wednesday at Stanford.

    Feb. 12, 2011

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's lacrosse team received a positive boost Saturday afternoon, as it beat the Fresno men's club team 13-10 in an exhibition game.

    The win gave the Bulldogs an early glimpse at where they stand leading into Wednesday's season-opener at Stanford.

    "We came out strong," Fresno State co-head coach Carlee Buck said. "They were here to play for 60 minutes."

    To be sure, the Bulldogs asserted themselves early and often in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Natalie Harrington put Fresno State on the board 90 seconds into the game, lofting a shot over the outstretched arms of goalie Mike Dean. That was just the beginning. The Bulldogs continued to attack, and five minutes into the game were nursing a commanding 5-0 lead.

    Harrington finished with three goals, and sophomore Amanda Cross, Margaret Wolford, Krisdina Gehring scored two apiece. Sophie Walker, Sara Weber and Callie Seidman also scored for Fresno State.

    "We went out and were able to practice a lot of things," co-head coach Lindsay Gotham said. "It was a good chance to see where we're at. We'll have a whole new focus going into next week."

    For the Bulldogs, Wednesday's visit to The Farm is a rematch of last season's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. Fresno State ran into Stanford in the first round and fell 16-1. That said, this is a new season and a new chance.

    "We're expecting to show up as a new team to play Stanford," Buck said. "We want to play every game to win."



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