Seniors Shine in Fresno's Win Over St. Mary's

FRESNO, Calif. -- On a perfect Senior Night at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State took control early and battled its way to a 16-12 victory over St. Mary's on Thursday. Bulldogs' seniors Kara Concheck, Lisa Barnaba and Ashley Phillips combined to lead the Bulldogs to their first win over longtime rival and conference opponent St. Mary's in the programs history.

"The seniors couldn't have asked for a better way to end their career in the stadium," said Fresno State head coach Jessica Pausewang. "St. Mary's is a big conference rival of ours and they (seniors) finished strong and each of them played a huge part in the team offense and defense today, it was great to see them play that well."

Barnaba came up huge in cage for Fresno State in the win with 15 saves off of the Gaels 31 shots. Her 15 saves ranks third all-time in Fresno State's record books. Phillips stepped up and led a strong defense unit for the 'Dogs, adding two caused turnovers and one groundball in the overall great team win.

"Our defense held so strong tonight, Lisa played phenomenal in cage and Ashley made some huge stops for us that gained momentum," added Pausewang. "Our attack played so well together and executed and made smart decisions."

Concheck also came out on fire in her last home game of her career and posted a personal-best six points in the victory off of four goals and two assists.

"It feels awesome to end our careers in Bulldog Stadium on such a good note," said Concheck. "We went down in history today beating St. Mary's for the first time. I love playing in the stadium and I love my teammates and my coaches, I couldn't be happier to end on this note in our house."

The senior's leadership and passion spread across the whole field, helping Fresno State to its best game of the season.

Sophomore Anjelica Fuccillo led the Bulldogs in its highest scoring game of the year with a career-high five goals. Four other 'Dogs scored in the victory- junior Marcy Levatino added a hat trick for the 'Dogs, Allison Poust recorded two while Holly Cisneros and Caroline Dineen-Carlson posted one goal each.

Redshirt freshman Chyna Hill recorded a personal-best four groundballs and three caused-turnovers for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State (2-9, 1-5 MPSF) continues conference play next week as they travel to face California on April 15 and UC Davis on April 18.

2014-04-11



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