Fresno State Falls to Detroit in Home Opener

FRESNO, Calif. - The Freshmen duo of Amanda Cross and Sara Weber combined for a total of seven goals on Thursday night at Bulldog stadium , where the 'Dogs put up a strong offensive performance giving them the early lead before eventually falling to the Detroit Titans 18-13 in the 2010 lacrosse home opener.

The 'Dogs found themselves in a see-saw battle with the Titans early on with the lead changing hands five times and had established an impressive 4-2 lead with the help of some strong midfield play with 14 minutes left in the first half.

"It felt great to get back home and play in front of the home crowd after our long four game road trip," said head coach Sue Behme. "We had a really strong performance today and these girls really gave it their all."

The 13 goals for the 'Dogs marks the most goals scored in one game since the program was established last season. In fact, the 'Dogs were on the offensive side of the field for a greater portion of the match and accumulated a total of 32 total shots on goal.

"We are definitely moving forward offensively there is no doubt about it," said Behme. "We had a lot of shots on goal and a lot of opportunities to get points, so the major thing we need to improve on is our shot percentage and getting that ball in the back of the net. With 32 shots we should be scoring more points and were going to have to do that in order to get wins."

Cross, the freshman midfielder from Danville, Calif., led the 'Dogs scoring charge adding a career high four goals including back-to-back goals in the first six minutes to help boost the 'Dogs to a two goal lead.

"Overall Amanda played very solid for us tonight offensively," said Behme. "She played smart, took care of the ball and made good moves to create some great shot opportunities."

Cross was also effectively distributing the ball to her teammates adding two assists and evading the double, and at some points even triple coverage. "It felt great to play my first game at home as a Bulldog," said Cross. "You come here really wanting to play good in front of the home crowd and even though we are frustrated that we didn't get the win we know we are getting closer every game."

Weber was also very tough offensively in her first career home game adding three goals to the Bulldogs total while establishing herself as a threat.

"Playing at home is a lot more intense than playing on the road," said Weber. "You get kind of nervous because you feel like there is more pressure to get the win in front of the home crowd."

After the game all of the student-athletes participated in a post game signing session where all of the fans in attendance got to meet the players and get autographs at the main entrance of Bulldog Stadium.

The 'Dogs will be back in action for their second straight home game when they take on Iona on St. Patrick's Day.

The Bulldogs return to Bulldog Stadium March 17 at 7:00 p.m. where they will face off against Iona for their second of five straight home games.

2010-03-12



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