When she plays for Fresno State next season, Margaret Wolford not only has a good chance at earning a starting position but could possibly become the program's all-time leading scorer.

When she plays for Fresno State next season, Margaret Wolford not only has a good chance at earning a starting position but could possibly become the program's all-time leading scorer.

Wolford, who was an attacker for the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team, finished with 44 goals and 27 assists this season. That eclipsed the mark of 39 the Bulldogs scored in their inaugural season in the spring.

"I'm excited to go to a new program because you get started early with the traditions," Wolford said. "I want to go in and try to make an impact."

Wolford was first-team all-OCC, all-district and all-state as well as the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player as the Wolves went 10-6.

"Beyond the obvious contributions that she has provided in the way of goals, Margaret has pushed her teammates to excel as well," Kilbourne coach Doug Troutner said.

"She realizes the time spent working out of season will pay dividends during the season. This approach to the sport is infectious and has contributed to the success of others on the team."

During its 0-14 season last spring, Fresno State was shut out three times and and allowed17.7 goals a game. Of the Bulldogs' 21 players, only six had collegiate experience.

"The hardest part is of playing for a new program is the experience," Wolford said. "They have had a rough start this season but hopefully it will get a little better next year.

"They're bringing in some girls who have a lot of experience. Hopefully we'll be able to compete and make our mark."

Wolford also considered Detroit Mercy and Division II programs Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. and Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. What swayed her to Fresno State was coach Sue Behme.

Behme compiled a 115-39 record in nine years of coaching Nazareth College. She led the Golden Flyers to six NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

"I really liked the coach," Wolford said. "She's a real cool person. I'm excited to play for her."

Wolford is the third person from her family to play collegiate lacrosse. Her father, Bill, the former boys coach and an assistant girls coach at Kilbourne, played for Ohio State. Her brother, Andrew, plays for Bellarmine.

"Andrew and I are a little competitive with each other," Wolford said. "When my brother signed, something inside said if he can do it, I can do it too. I wanted to play at the highest level."