Feb. 21, 2014
Game #3 Feb 23, 2014 12 p.m. PT
Fresno State (1-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. No. 18 Denver (1-0, 1-0 MPSF)
Bulldog Stadium Fresno, Calif.
Series Record: Denver leads 5-0
Last Meeting: March 10, 2013 (L, 18-7)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
'Dogs Hosts No. 18 Denver for Home Opener
After starting season with two road games, the 'Dogs are set to host MPSF opponent No. 18 Denver for their home opener in Bulldog Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. Fresno State (1-1) opened its season with an 8-6 win over Monmouth on Feb. 16 and then fell to Wager, 9-5 to split its two-game road trip on the East Coast.
About the Pioneers
Denver (1-0, 1-0 MPSF) opened its season with a 15-4 win over first year program Colorado on Feb. 19. The Pioneers were picked to finish second in this year's preseason MPSF coaches poll after making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Denver put together a 15-game win streak last year and ran the table during the MPSF regular season. Jill Remenapp and Hannah Hook return, with the former leading the nation in assists (74) last year, and tying for the second-most single-season assists in NCAA history, and the latter ranking first nationally in saves (90) and third in save percentage (.514).
Friends of Jaclyn Day
Fresno State is hosting its home opener against Denver 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.
Barnaba Records Career-High Saves
Senior goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba helped Fresno State to a season opening 8-6 win over Monmouth with eight huge saves for the Bulldogs on Feb. 16. At the core of the defense Barnaba had eight saves off of 19 shots. Three saves came in the second half where Barnaba only allowed two goals for MU. Barnaba then went on to record a career-high 16 saves against Wagner on Feb. 17. Her 16 saves ties for second in the Fresno State record books for saves made in a single game.
Poust Off to Strong Start
Freshman Allison Poust scored three goals off the bench to help Fresno State to an 8-6 comeback victory over Monmouth in their season opener on Feb. 16. In her college debut, Poust scored one goal in the first half, and two crucial goals in the second half. Poust shot 100% against the Hawks, finding the back of the net on all three of her shots. Poust went on to score one more goal against Wagner on Feb. 17 and now leads Bulldogs with four goals after two games this season.
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.
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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