Lacrosse Opens Season on East Coast

Feb. 13, 2014

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Game #1 • Feb 16, 2014 • 8 a.m. PT
Fresno State (0-0, 0-0 MPSF) at Monmouth University (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)

Kessler Field at Monmouth Stadium • West Long Branch, N.J.
Series Record: 0-0
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Game #2 • Feb 17, 2014 • 8 a.m. PT
Fresno State (0-0, 0-0 MPSF) at Wagner University (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Hameline Field • Staten Island, N.Y.
Series Record: 0-0
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Lacrosse Opens Season on East Coast
The Fresno State lacrosse team is set to open its season on the East Coast with games against Monmouth University and Wagner College. The Bulldogs season opener at Monmouth originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 has been postponed until Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. PT due to weather conditions. After playing the Hawks, the 'Dogs now have a quick turnaround as they are set to then face the Seahawks on Monday at 8 a.m. PT for their second nonconference game of the year.

About the Hawks & Seahawks
Monmouth University was chosen to finish fourth in the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll. Monmouth, which enters its first season as a member of the MAAC, comes off of back to back NCAA Tournament appearances after winning the NEC crown in each of its final two seasons in the conference. The Hawks went 13-7 last season, including a perfect 9-0 conference record. Monmouth returns eight of 12 starters this year. Wagner College was voted seventh in the annual Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Poll. Led by first-year head coach Liz Frisoli, the Seahawks return nine starts and 21 letterwinners. Wagner finished last season 6-11 and 2-7 in conference play. The Seahawks are set to face Lehigh on Saturday Feb. 15, before playing the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Senior Leadership Across the Field
Fresno State is led by three seniors in 2014- Kara Concheck, Ashley Philips and Lisa Barnaba look to lead the Bulldogs across the field in their last season. In 2013 Concheck had a team-high 22 goals and 28 points. While Concheck is the driving force behind the 'Dogs attacking unit, Barnaba and Philips look to lead the Bulldog defense this year. Last season Philips picked up 13 ground balls and forced nine turnovers while Barnaba had 34 saves in her 226 minutes in goal.

Junior Duo Ready for Round Three
Marcy Levatino and Holly Cisneros return to the field as juniors after strong seasons in 2013. Levatino finished second on the team last season with 18 goals and 24 points, the junior attacker also added 17 groundballs and a team-high 30 draw controls. Cisneros looks to be a major contributor in the midfield this year after picking up a team-high 26 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers last season. Cisneros also added 25 draw controls in her 14 starts for the Bulldogs in 2013.

After losing its largest senior class of 10, Fresno State welcomes 10 fresh faces to the roster this season. With the addition of two redshirts, there will be a total of 12 new Bulldogs joining the 11 returners across the field in 2014. Highlighting the freshmen class is two-time National All-American Caroline Dineen-Carlson. The freshman midfielder finished her senior year of high school with 58 goals, 28 assists, 86 points and 32 groundballs. Along with the other 11 freshman, Dineen-Carlson looks to add fresh talent and depth the Bulldogs roster this season.

Home Opener: Friends of Jaclyn Day
After starting season with two road games, the 'Dogs are set to host MPSF opponent No. 17 Denver for their home opener in Bulldog Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. Fresno State is hosting this game as Friends of Jaclyn Day (FOJ), which is an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this insidious disease. FOJ pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams. The teams give these children love, support and friendship as they fight this devastating disease. They celebrate each day by creating lasting relationships between student athletes, the child, and their families. This greatly improves the quality of life for children with brain tumors, as well as those who support them. For more information on how to donate to this cause, please click here.

Pausewang Enters Third Season as Head Coach
Head coach Jessica Pausewang enters her third season at the helm of the Fresno State lacrosse program. Last season three Bulldogs earned MPSF weekly awards under Pausewang's leadership. Marcy Levatino was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Anjelica Fuccillo earned MPSF Rookie of the Week after the first week of play. Katie Wilbur went on to be named MPSF Defensive Play of the Week in the first week of March. Under Pausewang the Bulldogs also broke several single-season records in 2013. The team recorded a season-best 147 points and 115 goals. The 'Dogs also topped the Fresno State single-game points record with 23 against Presbyterian and the single-game save record with 18 at Denver. At the conclusion of regular season play, Levatino was named to the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-MPSF Second-Team. Levatino was the second Fresno State lacrosse student-athlete to ever earn All-Conference honors.

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