Sports Briefs, 3/16/12
Lacrosse loses home opener to New Hampshire, 19-7
The Bulldog lacrosse team lost its first home game of the season to New Hampshire, 19-7.
Fresno State had 18 shots on goal during the game, 11 which came in the first half.
Junior midfielder Paula Badali led the ‘Dogs with three goals and picked up two ground balls. Junior Taylor Fiehler added two more goals for Fresno State.
Freshman Holly Cisneros stepped up offensively, leading Fresno State with a team-high six shots on goal. Cisneros was only able to finish one of those shots for a goal, but picked up three ground balls and caused one turnover in the loss.
“There were a lot of things in our control that we just let slip away,” said Bulldog first-year head coach Jessica Pausewang.
Pausewang said the loss will fuel the team for its Saturday contest against Long Island.
The ‘Dogs will host Long Island at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bulldog Stadium in their second home game of the season.
Olekaibe named to NABC All-District Team
Sophomore Kevin Olekaibe was named a 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 second-team.
The Fresno State shooting guard averaged 17.8 points per game this past season, good enough for second in the Western Athletic Conference behind conference champion New Mexico State’s Wendell McKines.
Olekaibe currently ranks sixth among all Division I sophomore guards and 47th for all D-I scorers.
On the season, Olekaibe scored 10 or more points in 25 games for the Bulldogs, reaching at least 20 points on 12 occasions. He also topped the 25-point mark in eight games.
Joining Olekaibe on the All-District 6 second-team are Nevada’s Malik Story, Utah State’s Preston Medlin, Weber State’s Scott Bamforth and Portland State’s Charles Odum.
District 6 is one of 24 NABC districts in the nation, and selects student-athletes from the WAC and Big Sky Conference.
This is the fourth postseason honor for Olekaibe this year. He earned All-WAC honors by conference head coaches, CollegeSportsMadness.com and CollegeHoops.net.
Equestrian cracks Top 10 in Coaches’ Poll
The Fresno State equestrian team earned a No. 10 national ranking in this week’s Women’s Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches’ Poll.
Georgia, Texas A&M and Auburn took the top three spots.
Fresno State is 8-7 this season and received nine points to slide into the tenth spot. The Bulldogs earned their way back into the polls with a 9-7 win over New Mexico State Saturday.
The team will now prepare for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s National Championships April 12-14 in Waco, Texas.
Bulldog Youth Experience Day postponed
The Fresno State football team’s Bulldog Youth Experience Day has been postponed due to expected poor weather conditions this weekend.
The new date is set for March 25, beginning immediately after the Bulldogs’ spring football game.
The Bulldog Youth Experience Day is intended for boys and girls ages 8-13 and is no cost to the participants.
The participants will develop football skills in a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere taught by Bulldog coaching staff and players.
The day will consist of four 10-minute segments teaching the fundamentals of form tackling, ball skills and blocking.
The team’s spring game is slotted for Sunday, March 25 at noon where new head coach Tim DeRuyter will unveil his Bulldog football team.
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