MORAGA, Calif. –The Saint Mary’s lacrosse team used a second-half surge and defeated Fresno State 15-11 on Wednesday afternoon at Recreation Field. With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 4-8, 2-5 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while Fresno State drops to 2-12, 0-6 MPSF.
The Gaels got off to a strong start, leading 5-1 after Chong scored three consecutive goals. FSU ended the half on a 5-1 run to tie up the game at 6-6 at the break.
In the second half, SMC got goals from Cross, DeBruhl, Chong and Mahony to take a 10-6 advantage with 24:14 left in the game. FSU battled back once again, trimming the deficit down to 11-10 with 20:02 left to play.
The Gaels controlled the game from that point, getting goals from Chong and Cross to build a 13-10 lead with 13:11 left. Chong and DeBruhl added scores with 11:36 remaining and the Gaels had their comfortable lead. The Bulldogs scored with 1:25 remaining to close out the scoring at 15-11 SMC.
Saint Mary’s outshot FSU 34-27 and led in ground balls 21-9. SMC had 18 draw controls, led by Minarovich with seven.
The game was very physical as 100 total fouls were called in the game, 56 on the Gaels, 44 on the Bulldogs.
Saint Mary’s is back in action when it hosts Denver on Sunday. The game is also a senior day game for the Gaels.