FRESNO, CALIF. – Fresno State scored 14 goals in the first half as the Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team fell to the Bulldogs 18-6 on Friday evening at the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium. The Blue Hose fall to 0-5 on the season, while the Bulldogs improve to 4-1. With the win, Fresno State now owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time series.
Lauren Schaaf scored twice and added an assist to lead the Blue Hose in the loss. The junior midfielder/attack took four shots and picked up a ground ball with one caused turnover.
On defense, Alexandra Cole grabbed a pair of ground balls with a team-high four caused turnovers. Maura Talvacchia had three ground balls with two caused turnovers. Kayla Koch made four saves with one ground ball. The freshman goalie faced 22 shots in over 56 minutes of work.
Natalie Barnett opened the scoring as she converted a free-position shot at the 26:46 mark in the opening half. The Bulldogs then scored eight unanswered before Schaaf made her free-position shot to cut the lead to 8-2 with 13:46 to play. The hosts pushed their lead to 14-2 before Schaaf found the back of the net for the second time. The unassisted goal rounded out the scoring in the first 30 minutes of action as Fresno State was in control 14-3 at the break.
The Bulldogs looked to control the second half as they scored another four straight, their final goal coming with 12:36 remaining in the game. Ellie Stader halted the run with a goal at the 5:52 mark. Cassie Watters and Cady Roberts followed with a couple of late goals.
Fresno State outshot PC 34-19 and held the advantage in draw controls (20-5), caused turnovers (16-14), and saves (6-4). The Blue Hose got one more ground ball than the Bulldogs (21-20).
The Blue Hose return from their Spring Break trip as they host LIU Brooklyn on Monday, March 6. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start at Old Bailey Stadium.