Fresno State University

No Men's Program Fresno, CA 93740
Division 1 California Southwest
Public Very Large Competitive team

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Jessica Giglio

The upcoming 2020 season marks Jessica Giglio's ninth year as the Fresno State head lacrosse coach with the Bulldogs heading into their 11th season as a program.


Prior to joining the `Dogs in 2011, Giglio spent four seasons as head coach at Oneonta State. Giglio's resume includes coaching two All-Region All-Americans and multiple SUNY all conference selections and coaching Rendcomb Junior College to a United Kingdom National Championship final.


SUNY Athletic Conference was familiar territory for Giglio, as she graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2006, where she played four years of lacrosse and three years of field hockey for the Blue Knights. As a goalie for the Blue Knights, she finished her career ranked second in career saves with 629, including a season-high 180 saves in 2004. She received multiple accolades and graduated as the most decorated goalie in Geneseo history.


Giglio arrived in Oneonta in the spring of 2008 after living in England coaching and playing lacrosse.


In England, Giglio coached lacrosse for two years at Rendcomb College. She also coached the Developmental team, University College of London, and other various schools with the English Lacrosse Association. She played and coached for the Hitchin Lacrosse Club in England from 2006 to 2007 and also played and coached for the Cheltenham Lacrosse Club in England before returning to the United States.


Giglio was also the former head coach for four years for the Finland Women's National team and is currently the assistant manager for the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team.


A Long Island, N.Y. native, Giglio is a Level II certified international lacrosse and field hockey coach. She is also an international qualified lacrosse referee.


Giglio graduated with a dual degree in communicative disorders & sciences from Geneseo in 2006.


The former Jessica Pausewang married Michael Giglio on August 30, 2014 in Coronado, Calif.

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Elisabeth Blackwell

Elisabeth Blackwell made an immediate impact to the success of the Fresno State lacrosse program in her first year as assistant coach, working primarily with the defenders and goalkeepers, after coming to Fresno State following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb of the Big South Conference. Blackwell assisted in getting the Bulldog student-athletes prepared for different positions as there were player position adjustments made throughout the season for the success of the team.


Blackwell trained the Bulldog goalies, who chalked a program-high 192 saves, this season. Junior goalkeeper Laurel Maunder recorded a record-high 181 saves this season with 20 saves in a game. On the defensive end, Blackwell helped coach key Bulldogs in defenders Abbigayle Roberts and Olivia Mannon, who both were selected as All-MPSF defenders, along with Maunder who was selected as the MPSF All-Conference goalkeeper.


During her time at Gardner-Webb, she helped coach the Runnin’ Bulldogs to multiple individual successes such as senior Amanda Steinmuller racking up 61 points on the year through 39 goals and 22 assists along with freshman Talen Francis tying the program’s freshman scoring record with 44 points on the season and earning Big South Women's Lacrosse Freshman of the Week honors on three separate occasions.


The Naples, Fla., native joined the Gardner-Webb coaching staff after spending the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant at Atlantic Coast Conference member Louisville.


During her season at Louisville, Blackwell helped the Cardinals forge a 12-6 overall record – including an impressive 8-1 mark at home. The Cardinals advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, falling to Northwestern in the opening round.


Two Cardinals earned All-ACC honors, three earned IWLCA All-Region honors and Kaylin Morissette was named first-team IWLCA All-America after scoring 56 points (37 goals, 19 assists). Morissette, also a Tewaaraton Award nominee, was selected by the Philadelphia Force in the 2016 UWLX (United Women's Lacrosse League) Draft.


Prior to joining the Louisville staff, Blackwell spent her final three collegiate seasons at Stetson. The standout defender started 43 games and was a Co-Captain in 2015. That season, she helped anchor the top defense in program history.


Blackwell spent her freshman season at LIU-Brooklyn, starting all 16 games for the Blackbirds in 2011.


She was a four-year letter winner at Barron Collier (Fla.) High in Naples, helping the Cougars to a pair of state championships and another runner-up finish. Blackwell earned All-County and All-Region honors and was team MVP in 2010.


She graduated from Stetson in 2015 with a degree in Biology.

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Mollie Stevens

Mollie Steven made an immediate impact to the success of the Fresno State lacrosse program in 2019 after joining the program following her two year stint as a general manager and athlete development coach at The Edge Training Academy. Stevens assisted in getting the Bulldog student-athletes prepared for different positions as there were player position adjustments made throughout the season for the success of the team.


Stevens worked mainly with the attacking and midfield Bulldogs. The ‘Dogs put up 189 goals and 77 assists in 2019, behind the efforts of freshman Sydney Skalstad with 33 goals and junior Tiffiny Wallace with 17 assists.


Stevens helped coach for five MPSF Rookie of the Week and two MPSF Offensive Player of the Week nominations, along with three offensive MPSF All-Conference selections in 2019.


Prior to her stint with The Edge Training Academy, Stevens was a star midfielder for the Florida Gators lacrosse team, racking up multiple accolades as a four-year starter in The Swamp.


During her senior season, the Centreville, Md., native was named a team captain in 2017, backing it up by being named the 2017 BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, 2017 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Stevens was also named to the 2017 IWLCA All-America First Team (First Team All-Region), a 2017 Tewaaraton Award Top-25 Nominee, the 2017 IWLCA National Offensive Player of the Week once and the Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week once.


On top of the award recognition, Stevens rewrote the Gators’ record books with a few of her own. She set the Florida single-season record for draw controls (84) in just 15 games, set the Florida record for single-game draw controls with 11 at Jacksonville and set the Florida single season record with 48 ground balls. For her career, Stevens is in the top 10 in Gator history of points, points per game, goals and goals per game. Most notably, she has the fifth-most goals in program history at 159.


Overall, Stevens led the Gators her senior year in goals (59), ground balls (48) and draw controls (106). Those 59 goals were the fourth most in a singles season in Gator lacrosse history, and she set career-highs in goals, assists (16), points (75), ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers (23) that season. She also notched a career high for goals in one game that season with seven.


As a junior, Stevens was named to the 2016 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and named the BIG EAST Attacker of the Week twice. She also became the eighth Gator ever to score 100 career goals and was a member of the US National Team Training Roster.


After setting more previous career highs, Stevens also received national honors as a sophomore, being named to the 2015 IWLCA All-South Second Team and the 2015 All-BIG EAST First Team. She set the program scoring-streak record with at least one goal in 25 consecutive games, also recording multiple goals in 14 games, pushing her to third in the BIG EAST in goals scored that season.


Starting off as a freshman, Stevens scored 36 goals, setting a previous single-game high of four goals on multiple occasions against ranked opponents and in the NCAA Tournament. For those efforts, she was announced as the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week once and named to the 2014 ILWomen All-Rookie Team. Stevens also took care of business off the field, being named to the 2014 SEC First-Year Honor Roll.


In high school, Stevens was a four-year varsity starter for Queen Anne’s County lacrosse, guiding Queen Anne’s to Maryland Class 3A/2A East Region championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Some of her high school honors include being named a US Lacrosse First Team All-American in 2013, an All Mid Shore First Team honoree in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and an All Mid Shore Co-Player of the Year in 2012.


She was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 Under Armor All-American Washington DC Team and played for Maryland United 2013 East Club for four years. Outside of lacrosse, Stevens also played field hockey, soccer and swam.


Stevens graduated in the spring of 2017 with a degree in tourism, event and recreation management.

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