April 21, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The Fresno State women's lacrosse team ended their season with a thrilling double overtime win at UC Davis, 12-11 on Saturday night in Davis, Calif.
The win is the Bulldogs' first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory since the program began. Fresno State finished the season with a 3-10 overall record and a 1-6 conference mark.
"We did a lot of things this year that have been in place the past couple of years, and it came together this year," Head Coach Jessica Pausewang said. "It was fantastic for us and it puts us in a great place for next season. This team has a ton of potential and can come back even better next season."
Fresno State trailed at halftime 7-4 against UC Davis, but rallied in the second half to tie the game 11-11. Neither team scored in the first overtime and Sara Weber scored the game-winnner on an assist by Briana Hetherington with 3:55 left in the second overtime.
"It was a great way to end the season," Pausewang said. "They played a full 60 minutes and then some tonight. We got down, but they answered, they were really looking out for their teammates."
After playing in her final home game of the season on Wednesday, senior Kasandra Martinson ended her career by scoring her first goal in a Bulldog uniform, capping off a strong four years at Fresno State. Martinson's goal helped cut the UC Davis lead to 10-9 in the second half.
In net, Lisa Barnaba recorded eight saves and held the Aggies scoreless for the final 22 minutes of the game.
"Lisa was fantastic in net tonight. It was huge," Pausewang said. "It was important for our seniors to go out the way they did."
Natalie Harrington had a career-high five assists in the game and added one goal. Barnaba added four ground balls and Harrington and Vanessa Swalwell each had three ground balls. Harrington also added four caused turnovers.
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