Lacrosse to Host No. 19 Stanford and Colorado

March 4, 2014

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Game #5 • March 5, 2014 • 5 p.m. PT
Fresno State (1-3, 0-1 MPSF) vs. No. 19 Stanford (2-1, 0-0 MPSF)

Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, Calif.
Series Record: Stanford leads 6-0
Last Meeting: April 2, 13 (L: 21-8)
TV: Mountain West Network
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Game #6 • March 8, 2014 • 12 p.m. PT
Fresno State (1-3, 0-1 MPSF) vs. Colorado (2-2, 0-1 MPSF)

Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, Calif.
Series Record: 0-0, First Matchup
TV: Mountain West Network
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'Dogs Host No. 19 Stanford and Colorado
The Fresno State lacrosse team continues its conference schedule with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home games this week in Bulldog Stadium. The 'Dogs are set to play MPSF reigning champion No. 19 Stanford on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The Bulldogs then host first year program Colorado on Saturday at noon.

About the Competition
No. 19 Stanford (2-1, 0-0 MPSF) was picked to win the conference again in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. After advancing it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, the Cardinal return 11 starters in 2014 under head coach Amy Bokker. Stanford is averaging 13.33 goals per game and is led by sophomore Meg Lentz and senior Rachel Ozer who have seven goals each. After opening season with a three-game home stand, the Cardinal hits the road for the first time this year for Wednesday night's game.

First year program Colorado (2-2, 0-1 MPSF) has two wins in its first four games over Stetson and Regis. The Buffs are averaging 10.5 goals per game while allowing their opponents to 12.25 goals. Colorado is led by freshman midfielder Johnna Fusco with nine goals and 15 points this season. In their inaugural home game against Regis, Fusco had three goals, two assists, six draw controls, and seven ground balls for Colorado. The Buffs host Temple on March 4, before visiting Fresno State on Saturday. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play with losses to Denver.

2014 MPSF-High Set by Barnaba
Senior goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba recorded 10 saves in 43 minutes in goal against Marist on March 2 and also picked up a career-high eight groundballs, setting a new Fresno State single-game record. Her eight groundballs are also a 2014 MPSF-High and ranks tied for third all-time in the conference.

Well-Balanced Attack
Fresno State has had nine different Bulldogs score this season, making up for a well-balanced attacking unit on the scoring third of the field. With four goals and three assists, junior Marcy Levatino leads the 'Dogs with seven points this year. Sophomore Anjelica Fuccillo and senior Kara Concheck have a team-high five goals each, Concheck has also recorded one assist against Denver to make up for six points. Freshman Allison Poust has also made a strong contribution for the Bulldogs in her first season adding four goals.

Barnaba of to a Hot Start
Senior goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba has had a strong start to her final year as a Bulldog. In the first game of the season Barnaba led Fresno State to an 8-6 win over Monmouth with eight huge saves for the Bulldogs on Feb. 16. 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. In just four games of play, Barnaba has 37 saves which ranks first in the MPSF and tied for 13th in the nation. She also ranks third in the conference, averaging 9.25 saves per game.

Freshman Impact
The freshman Bulldog class has made a positive impact across the field in their first four collegiate games. Freshman attacker Allison Poust leads the class with four goals which ranks second on the team. In Fresno State's season opener Poust scored three goals off the bench to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-6 victory over Monmouth on Feb. 16. Fellow freshman Chelsea Hall and Sarah Goetz scored two goals each last week against Marist while Brooke Filgo and Caroline Dineen-Carlson have recorded one goal apiece this season. Dineen-Carlson also recorded one assist at MU and leads the 'Dogs with eight draw controls. Freshman midfielder Kyleigh Westgarth is second on the team with seven groundballs and notched an assist at Wagner.

Levatino Receives Rosa Parks Award
Junior Marcy Levatino was awarded the Rosa Parks Athletic "Just Do It" Award at the Fresno State Rosa Parks Awards banquet at the Satellite Student Union on Friday, Feb. 28. Requirements for the award include extraordinary leadership qualities and passion for the betterment of the team. The recipient must have also been actively involved in community and display traits of strong character. An outstanding student who has most recently started the prestigious Fresno State nursing program, Levatino is also a standout student-athlete and team captain on the Fresno State lacrosse team. Coming off a strong sophomore season, Levatino is pivotal returner for the Bulldogs. She has started every game in the midfield this season and currently leads the team with seven points. For the full release, click here.

Mountain West Network
Both lacrosse games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network this week. The Fresno State, Stanford game on Wednesday night will be the first ever lacrosse game aired on the network. A free live video stream of both games will be available here.

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