PUEBLO, Colo. (April 28, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse clawed Adams State University 14-9 Saturday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium to clinch their first postseason appearance in program history.
The Pack finished the regular season 6-8 with a 2-6 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Their 2-6 RMAC mark earned them fourth place in the conference standings. They will now make their first RMAC Tournament appearance in school history. Adams State fell to 4-10 (0-8 RMAC).
CSU-Pueblo also celebrated its first four-year senior class in program history. The Pack recognized six seniors with a ceremony before the game.
Blake Foerster (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) set a school record with seven assists. Foerster also matched his own school record with nine points thanks to two goals. He will leave CSU-Pueblo as the program's all-time leader in career goals, assists, and points.
Taylor Davis (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) also set a new school record. Davis netted five goals He matched his career-highs in goals and points. With his five-goal performance, Davis passed Foerster for the RMAC lead in goals per game. His 39 goals stand as the highest single season total in school history.
Hunter Thompson (Greenwood Village, Colo.) celebrated his senior day with two goals. Freshman Tyler Reed (Fr., Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high two goals. Reed also had a ground ball and an assist.
Colton Rasmussen (Fr., Great Falls, Mont.) shined in the cage. Rasmussen made 16 saves on 25 shots for a 60.0 save percentage. The freshman now stands 3-0 on the season.
Cole Pauley (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) led the Pack with three caused turnovers. He also snagged a team-high three ground balls.
Senior Adam Lange (Parker, Colo.) sophomore Devin Thrower (Las Vegas, Nev.) and freshman Michael DeMaio (Gambrills, Md.) all added three ground balls. DeMaio and Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) both caused two turnovers.
The Pack put away the game's first three goals with two tallies from Davis and a Foerster goal. The Grizzlies got on the board with a man-up goal over 12 minutes into the game. Davis tucked in another assist from Foerster to put the Pack up three. They would lead 4-2 after one. Davis had a hat trick in the first quarter.
The second quarter began much like the first as the Pack got three straight goals to start the frame. After Adams answered with a goal, Foerster and Reed scored to give the Pack a 9-3 lead at the half.
Three man-up goals started the second half. Two of the goals came from Adams State as they closed within five. The ThunderWolves got the last three goals of the third quarter to make it 13-5.
Vassallo completed the hat trick with the first goal of the fourth quarter to make it 14-5. Adams State got the game's final four goals, but it would not be enough as the Pack rolled to a 14-9 win and a RMAC Tournament bid.
The Pack will now face the No. 1 seed in the RMAC Tournament, Colorado Mesa University Friday May 4 in Grand Junction, Colo. The opening faceoff between the Pack and the Mavericks is set for 7 p.m.
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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