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.