COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 30, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse earned its highest ranking ever in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Preseason poll, when RMAC coaches picked the Pack to finish fourth. Senior Blake Foerster was named Preseason All-RMAC.
The Pack jumps two spots from their preseason ranking last year when they were picked sixth. With a 4-6 conference record last season, the ThunderWolves finished in a tie for fourth, but were denied a playoff appearance due to tiebreakers. If the ThunderWolves can match their preseason ranking, they will earn their first postseason berth in program history.
Foerster (Centennial, Colo.) was tabbed Preseason All-RMAC after becoming only the second player in program history to earn First Team All-RMAC honors in 2017. The senior attackman led the RMAC with 4.42 points per game. He ranked second in the RMAC with 2.83 goals per game and dished out 1.58 assists per game, fourth most in the RMAC.
The Smoky Hill High School product ranked 10th in D-II in points per game. Foerster placed 15th in the nation in goals per game. He was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice (March 27, April 3). Foerster scored a team-record 34 goals and set a school-record with 53 points and 19 assists. He holds program records with 80 points and 50 career goals.
Nine starters return for the Pack from a team that set a program record with six wins in 2017. In total 19 men return for the Pack, including 2017 Second Team All-RMAC selection Devin Thrower (R-So., Las Vegas, Nev.). Honorable Mention All-RMAC performers Weston Bartgis (Jr., El Cajon, Calif.), Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) and Nick Richards (Sr., Henderson, Nev.) are all back for the 2018 season.
Pack Men's Lacrosse starts tuning up for the 2018 season with home scrimmages vs. University of Colorado, Saturday Feb. 10, and Metro State University Denver, Saturday Feb. 17. Both scrimmages start at 1 p.m. The ThunderWolves start their regular season Saturday Feb. 24 when they host Colorado College at 2 p.m. in the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium.
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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.