PUEBLO, Colo. (April 13, 2017) – In their last home game of 2017, Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse sent Pack fans home happy with a 9-7 win over Maryville University Thursday night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
The Pack pushed its program wins record to five with their second victory over the Saints this season. They also climbed back above .500 at 5-4. Now with a 3-4 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games, the ThunderWolves sit just a half game back of the final spot in the RMAC tournament. The Saints slipped to 0-11 (0-8 RMAC).
Despite bring the RMAC's second best scoring offense heading into the weekend, it was the Pack defense that shined, holding the Saints to seven goals, the lowest output by a D-II team against the Pack this season. The Saints committed 21 turnovers as the Pack caused 10 takeaways.
Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) stood tall in net for the Pack. The goalie made eight saves on 15 Saint shots to improve to 4-4 on the season. Richards also amassed four ground balls and a team-high two caused turnovers.
Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.) matched Richards with two forced turnovers. Ferrie also gathered a career-high six ground balls in the win.
The Pack's long stick midfielders helped the Pack earn extra possessions. The duo of Preston DeHerrera (Jr., Northglenn, Colo.)and Tavian Watson (So., Aurora, Colo.) combined for seven ground balls and one caused turnover. Watson's four ground balls set a new career-high.
Offensively, Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) led the Pack with three points. Bolen put away a pair of goals and dished out an assist.
The RMAC's leading scorer, Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) added two more goals to his ledger. Foerster now has a program record 29 goals and 42 points this season.
The Pack came out on fire with three goals in the first three minutes of the game as Foerster, Bartgis, and Bolen all found the back of the net. Maryville would get one back as the Pack's offense quieted to make it 3-1 after one.
In the second quarter, both defenses took over. Scott scored the lone goal of the quarter with 6:14 left on the clock to give the Pack a 4-1 halftime lead.
Offense came alive in the third period as the two teams combined for eight goals. The Saints scored four of the first five goals of the second half to knot the game up at five. Hunter Thompson (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) had the Pack's lone goal in this span as he netted a feed from Bolen.
The Pack would quickly respond with a pair of goals from Foerster and Bolen. However, a Maryville goal with 54 seconds left in the third made it 7-6 heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack added a little insurance. Taylor Davis (So., Littleton, Colo.) and Bartgis both scored to make it 9-6. Maryville would add get more, but ended up losing 9-7.
After finishing their home schedule 3-3, the Pack will look to stay above .500 on the road when they visit No. 20 Colorado Mesa University and Westminster College Friday April 21 and Sunday April 23 respectively. The ThunderWolves sit a half game back of the Griffins for the final RMAC Tournament spot with three games left to play.
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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.