April 10, 2013
By K. Martinson
By K. Martinson
FRESNO, Calif.- The Fresno State lacrosse team started the game strong, though was not able to finish and dropped a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match to Oregon, 18-8 Wednesday afternoon in Bulldog Stadium.
"I think as a team we came out strong, we scored the first goal, "said Head Coach Jessica Pausewang. "Oregon is a good team, and that was some of the best I have ever seen us play against them."
Fresno State came out ready to play, with senior captain Natalie Harrington scoring the first goal of the game just four minutes in.
The reigning MPSF champions, Oregon, then went on to score seven unanswered goals to gain a 7-1 lead. The run was stopped by Anjelica Fuccillo with an unassisted goal with 15:59 left in the first half. The Ducks scored two more before the Bulldogs made a comeback with a three goal run, cutting the lead to 9-5 going into half.
Oregon came out on fire in the second half and outscored the 'Dogs 9-3 for the 18-8 victory.
Harrington led the Bulldogs with two goals and an assist to Paula Badali. Badali leads the team with 17 goals this season.
Four other Bulldogs scored in the team effort, including senior Vanessa Swalwell with her first ever collegiate goal.
Freshman Meghan Macaulay had a career best four groundballs and two forced turnovers on the day.
"I think we had some really great opportunities today, we just need to finish," added Pausewang.
Fresno State (2-10) next plays UC Davis for its last home game of the season on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Saturday is Senior Day! Join us in celebrating our 10 seniors prior to the game. The first 200 fans to the game will receive a pair of the new Fresno State sunglasses!
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!"-- Join us in celebrating our 10 seniors on Senior Day Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Bulldogs take on UC Davis.
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