Pack Men’s Lacrosse faces off with Adams State in home/RMAC Opener

Pack Men’s Lacrosse faces off with Adams State in home/RMAC Opener

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 3, 2017) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse will kick-off its 2017 campaign Saturday March 4 when they welcome Adams State University to the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium for the Pack's home opener at 2 p.m.

Beginning their third year as a program, the ThunderWolves will try to earn their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win Saturday against the Grizzlies. The Pack made strides in their second year as a program, winning their first game, March 21, 2016 with a 16-12 win over Emmanuel College. CSU-Pueblo would go on to win three games and finished the year with a 3-11 record.

Leading scorer, Nick Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) returns for the Pack. Matzek set a school record for points in 2016 with 33. His 23 goals also established a new school record.

 Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) netted 20 goals and dished out five assists in 2016. Bolen was named Second Team All-RMAC accolades. Bolen was also named First Team Academic All-RMAC.

Blake Foerster (Jr.,  Centennial, Colo.) received Honorable Mention All-RMAC in 2016. He finished with 16 goals and 11 assists in his sophomore season.  Foerster became the first player in school history to earn RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors when he scored six goals and grabbed five ground balls in two games during the week of March 21-28.

Junior Caleb Johnson (Castle Rock, Colo.) was selected Preseason All-RMAC as a short stick defensive midfielder. Johnson ranked second on the Pack with 37 ground balls in 2016. Entering his junior season, Johnson will likely transition into the faceoff circle in 2017 for the Pack.

Preston DeHerrera (Jr., Northglenn, Colo.) set a school record with 42 ground balls. DeHerrera ranked fifth in the RMAC with 3.07 ground balls per game. The Pack's long-stick midfielder caused 11 turnovers in 2016. He earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors March 29.

Joining this core group of players will be 17 newcomers. Theses newcomers are expected to build a completely new starting defense as all three starting defenders for CSU-Pueblo are no longer on the roster.

Adams State limited the Pack to their lowest offensive outputs of the season in 2016. The Grizzlies held the Pack to just four goals in both games. They posted a 4-10 record a year ago.

In order for the Pack to achieve their first conference win, the ThunderWolves will have to figure out a way to beat Grizzly goaltender Connor Johnson. A Second Team All-RMAC selection in 2016, Johnson stopped 81.8 percent of the CSU-Pueblo shots he faced last season (36-of-44). His incredible efforts allowed the Grizzlies to sweep both games with CSU-Pueblo in 2016.
The Pack's showdown with Adams State begins a three-game homestand to start the season for CSU-Pueblo. They will also face University of Great Falls Tuesday March 7 at 7 p.m. and Rockhurst University Saturday March 7 at 11 a.m. to complete this homestand.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.