March 22, 2012 By Brienne Doan
By Brienne Doan
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's lacrosse team triumphed to yet another win in Bulldog Stadium on Thursday afternoon against Central Connecticut taking down the Blue Devils by 10 points with a final score of 18-8.
Fresno State (2-3) came out fighting from the moment the horn sounded scoring five goals in 12 minutes. Once Central Connecticut called a timeout they began chipping away point-by-point taking a 7-6 lead at halftime.
"I was very proud with the way the team came out," Head Coach Jessica Pausewang said. "We had a rough couple of minutes and then I challenged them at halftime to prove everything we had been working on and they came back out fighting."
The 'Dogs have faced bigger deficits this season and being down by one goal was not going to affect the outcome of this game.
After scoring one goal in the first half Briana Hetherington scored two goals back-to-back to start the second half with one assist from Natalie Harrington. It gave Hetherington her third straight hat trick. Hetherington scored one more before the end of the game making her the lead scorer for the Bulldogs with four goals total.
The goals just kept coming after that as the Bulldogs scored 12 goals in the second half and only allowed one by the Blue Devils 26 minutes in.
"I think they played their hearts out that second half and to see how much they have grown and improved as a team is amazing to watch," Pausewang said. "Our attack had a phenomenal game, I felt they really owned it."
Junior midfielder Sara Weber, who had one of the best career games this season tallied six draw controls and a free position goal.
"Sara Weber with the draw controls was incredible and Katie Wilbur in goal was spectacular," Pausewang said. "Katie really led the defense. I was very pleased with the way we played as a team today and we are doing everything I know we are capable of and it is showing on the field."
Wilbur played all 60 minutes in-between the pipes and led the defense with nine saves. She continues to be a defensive leader for the Bulldogs starting in every game.
The game did feature a rarity with Central Connecticut playing down a player after Ashley Mara received her second yellow card of the game with less than 21 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs will be on the road for the next week before returning home on April 3, to take on Stanford at 6 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.
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