head coach Jessica Giglio announced the addition of 10 new freshmen, including four from Orange County high schools, to reload her squad for the 2018 season. The 2017 signing class will join the 23 returning Bulldogs, coming off of Fresno State’s most successful lacrosse season in program history.

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Former Mater Dei Monarchs , and join forces with former CdM Sea Queen  to make up nearly half of the Bulldog newcomers.

“This class is a diverse group of talented lacrosse players ready to further advance this program’s successes,” Giglio said on GoBulldogs.com. “Adding these valuable athletes to our returning roster will make Fresno State’s future bright.”

Lauren Gonzales is a four-year varsity midfielder from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. She finished her senior year with 21 games played, 60 goals, 21 assists, 81 points and 41 ground balls. Gonzales helped lead Mater Dei to 2016 and 2017 Southern Section Championship titles, 2016 and 2017 Orange County Championship titles, 2014 and 2015 Trinity League Championship titles.

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Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei
Club Team: West Coast Starz

“Lauren is an athletic midfielder who adds a threat on both ends of the field with her speed,” said Coach Giglio.Individual Accolades

  • 2015 Mater Dei Offensive Most Valuable Player
  • 2015 First Team All-County OC Register
  • 2016 Second Team All-County
  • 2017 Second Team All-County
  • 2017 Co-MVP Orange County Championship Game
  • 2017 Mater Dei Coaches Award

On why she chose Fresno State, “I chose Fresno State because I can study psychology at a well-established university while playing competitive division I lacrosse,” ,” said Gonzales. “I will have the opportunity to play with high school and club teammates. I also have a lot of respect for the coaching staff and their appreciation for what I will bring to the Fresno State women’s lacrosse team.”

Kennedy Mulvaney is a four-year varsity attacker from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. She finished her senior season with 23 games played, 59 goals, 42 assists, 85 draw controls and 58 ground balls.

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Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
High School: Corona del Mar HS
Club Team: Team West Coast Starz

“Kennedy is a strong attacker who is extremely versatile,” said Coach Giglio. “We look forward to her adding to our offense and contributing right away.”Individual Accolades

  • 2014 Corona del Mar High School Rookie of the Year
  • 2014 All-League Honors
  • 2015 All-League Honors
  • 2016 Second Tea, All-County
  • 2016 Pacific Coast League MVP
  • 2016 Corona del Mar High School Most Valuable Player
  • 2017 First Team All-County
  • 2017 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player
  • 2017 Corona del Mar High School Most Valuable Player
  • 2017 All-American Honors
  • 2017 Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Top Athlete

On why she chose Fresno State, “I decided to attend Fresno State for its incredible support and dedication to provide the best possible environment for student-athletes,” said Mulvaney. “I love the school spirit and I can’t wait to become a part of the Bulldog community.”

Courtney Walburger is a goalie from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. She finished her senior season with 20 games played, 122 goals saved and 21 ground balls. Walburger helped lead Mater Dei to back-to-back OC Southern Section Championships.

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Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei HS
Club Team: West Coast Starz

“Courtney is a strong goalkeeper who is a vocal presence in the cage,” said Coach Giglio. “She will be a great addition to our strong goalkeeping unit.”

Individual Accolades

  • 2016 Southern Section Player of the Game
  • 2017 First team All-County
  • 2017 Mater Dei Defensive Most Valuable Player

On why she chose Fresno State, “I felt immediately welcomed by the team and coaches,” said Walburger. “My fellow 2017 signees, the current team and coaching staff made me feel like Fresno could be a home away from home for me. I’m extremely excited to be a Bulldog and can’t wait for this new adventure at Fresno State.”

Mackenzie Wallevand is a four-year varsity midfielder from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. She finished her senior season with 15 games played, 41 goals, 35 assists, 76 points, 66 draw controls and 65 ground balls. Wallevand helped lead Mater Dei to 2016 and 2017 Southern Section Championship titles, 2016 and 2017 Orange County Championship titles, 2014 and 2015 Trinity League Championship titles. She was named the OC Register’s Athlete of the Week during the 2016 season.

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Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei HS
Club Team: West Coast Starz

“Mackenzie is an aggressive player all over the field,” said Coach Giglio. ” Her speed and ability to get the ball in the back of the net is impressive.”

Individual Accolades

  • 2014 First Team All-League
  • 2015 Second Team All-County
  • 2015 Under Armour All-American
  • 2016 OC Championship Game Most Valuable Player
  • 2016 Mater Dei Most Valuable Player
  • 2016 First Team All-County
  • 2016 All-American
  • 2016 Under Armour All-American
  • 2017 First Team All-County
  • 2017 Mater Dei Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2017 Mater Dei Female Athlete of the Year

On why she chose Fresno State, ” I chose Fresno State because of the feeling of family and unity that I got from the team,” said Wallevand. “Fresno State is an up and coming program that gives me the opportunity to play in my home state. Fresno State has a great criminology program that has an FBI lab on campus, that really impressed me because that’s my intended major. I am excited really excited for my future at Fresno State.”

The full press release and biographies of the remaining incoming freshman can found at GoBulldogs.com

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