No. 19 Stanford Rolls to MPSF Win at Fresno State

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State lacrosse team fell to No. 19 Stanford 19-5 on Wednesday night at Bulldog Stadium.

"Playing teams like Stanford in our conference is going to make us better," said Fresno State head coach Jessica Pausewang. "I look forward to watching us translate what we learned from this into games."

Stanford went on an 8-0 run to start the game in the first 10 minutes of play. Fresno State broke the streak with a free position goal from freshman Chelsea Hall to get on the board.

The Bulldogs allowed the Cardinal to score three more goals before freshman Sarah Goetz found the back of the net for the 'Dogs second goal of the night.

After trailing Stanford 15-2 at the break, senior Kara Concheck came out to score the first goal of the second half with 26 minutes left in the game. Concheck went on to score two more goals against the Cardinal to record her first hat trick of the season.

"Kara had really well-placed shots today, and Lisa Barnaba and Ashley Phillips are doing great things for us on the defensive side," added Pausewang. "Going forward we are definitely going to use all of our senior leadership on the field."

The 'Dogs held Stanford to four goals in the second half, though were unable to comeback from their first half deficit, dropping their second conference game of year to the Cardinal, 19-5.

Fresno State (1-4, 0-2 MPSF) continues conference play when they host first year program Colorado on Saturday at noon in Bulldog Stadium.

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FRESNO, Calif. Stanford scored the first eight goals and coasted to a 19-5 victory over Fresno State in the Cardinal's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse opener Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

The Cardinal (3-1 overall, 1-0 MPSF), ranked No. 19 in the IWLCA coaches' poll, got three goals from freshman Alex Poplawski and got goals from 13 players against Fresno (1-4, 0-2). Rachel Ozer, Mackenzie Tesei, Elizabeth Cusick, and Kelsey Murray had two apiece.

Stanford was able to use all available players, which was a benefit as it began a road stretch of three games in five days. The team leaves early Thursday morning for a Friday game at No. 11 Towson (Md.), and follows at No. 14 Georgetown on Sunday.

"I'm really pleased with the dominance our team came out with, especially on draw controls," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "A lot of our younger players played with confidence tonight. We're looking to carry that confidence into the weekend as we prepare for two great opponents."

Two goals by the freshman Murray in the first five minutes help spark an 8-0 lead through the first 27 minutes. And four goals in the final 1:25 of the half two each by Ozer and Cusick gave the Cardinal a 15-2 halftime lead.

Stanford dominated possession thanks largely to winning 19 of 25 draws, with five won by Tesei and three each by Hannah Farr and Lucy Dikeou. Farr was one of the few Stanford players not to score, snapping her streak of goal-scoring games at 12.

Another highlight was the first collegiate appearance, and the first goal, by freshman Grace Goettman, causing much celebration on the Stanford sideline.

Ozer, a senior, leads the team with nine goals and has 76 in her career. One more will move her into Stanford's top-15 all-time goal-scoring list.


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