Feb. 23, 2014
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. ---After a strong start, the Fresno State lacrosse team dropped its home opener to conference opponent No. 18 Denver 20-5 on Sunday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium.
"I thought we came out really strong, our biggest problem has been continuing to execute the game plan the whole time," said Fresno State head coach Jessica Pausewang. "We did a lot of great things on the field today, we just need to capitalize on our defensive stops."
The Bulldogs came out tough and stayed even with Denver for the majority of the first half.
After going down 3-0 in the first 10 minutes Freshman Brooke Filgo scored off an assist from Kara Concheck to put the Bulldogs on the board. Fellow freshman Caroline Dineen-Carlson found the back of the net three minutes later for the 'Dogs, shortening the Pioneers lead to 3-2.
The Bulldogs then allowed one more Denver goal before scoring twice more with goals from Concheck and Anjelica Fuccillo to tie the score at 4-4 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.
After the Broncos took the lead again, Fuccillo scored once more for Fresno State to tie the game for the second time at 5-5, just eight minutes before halftime. Denver then jumped ahead with an eight goal run to lead 13-5 lead going into break.
The Pioneers scored seven more goals in the second half powered behind their 13-1 shot advantage over Fresno State.
The Bulldogs were unable to comeback to Denver's 15 unanswered goals and dropped their conference home opener to the Pioneers 20-5.
"Denver is a great team, for us as a program to have been tied with them and running with them for that long," added Pausewang. "It's a great start for our season and I'm looking forward to continuing to grow with that."
Fresno State (1-2, 0-1 MPSF) next faces Marist on neutral ground in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 2 at 1 p.m. PT.
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