PUEBLO, Colo. (March 9, 2017) – In their home opener, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse battled through adversity to take Fort Lewis College into overtime. However, the Pack could not pull out the win in their first overtime game in program history, dropping a 10-9 final in the sudden victory period Thursday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
After taking the loss in Thursday's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener, the Pack has an 0-2 record overall. Fort Lewis entered the win column for the first time in 2017, improving to 1-2.
Trouble began for the Pack before the opening faceoff. CSU-Pueblo's lone goaltender Ane Marie Horton (So., Long Bach, Calif.) suffered an injury and could not compete. The Pack turned to freshman midfielder, Hope Lambert (Pueblo West, Colo.) for emergency assistance between the pipes.
Despite not playing goal for four years, Lambert kept the Pack in the game. To her credit, the reserve midfielder made five saves on 15 shots. Lambert also secured three ground balls.
Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) grinded defensively. Welzin caused four turnovers and corralled five ground balls.
Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas) also delivered five ground balls for the Pack. The two teams finished tied with 22 ground balls total.
Offensively, The Pack was led Allison Wurscher (So., Tigard, Ore.) who finished with a team-best four points. Wurscher dished out two assists for the second consecutive game. She also netted her first two goals of the season.
Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) earned the Pack's first hat trick of the season with three goals. She now leads the team with five tallies in two games.
Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) was all over the place for the Pack. Neumann scored two goals and added an assist. She also led the Pack with three draw controls. Neumann forced a turnover and a picked up two ground balls.
Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) also rocketed in a pair of goals for the Pack. Christensen grabbed three grounders, controlled two draws and forced a turnover.
Freshman Elyse Ingram (San Jose, Calif.) caused three turnovers and snagged two ground balls. Ingram also collected her first collegiate point with an assist.
The two teams traded goals over the first eight minutes as the game stood tied at 2-2. Fort Lewis began a three-goal run that gave the Skyhawks a 5-2 edge with 14:08 left in the first half.
Lambert settled in after this allowing the Pack to make up some ground. Wurscher ended the run with a goal that made it 5-3. After a Skyhawk goal, the Pack bounced back with a three-goal run of its own to tie the game at six. Neumann, Zierden and Christensen all found the back of the net during this run.
Fort Lewis reclaimed the lead with 2:29 left in the half. Just 31 seconds later, Christensen answered to tie it up. With just 28 seconds left in the first half, Zierden fired in a free position attempt to give the Pack an 8-7 lead at the break.
Both teams slowed it down in the second half. Wurscher put the Pack up two with a strike nine minutes in the second half. However, the Pack would not score again. Fort Lewis tied the game up at nine with 16 minutes left in regulation.
Over the final 16 minutes, Lambert kept the Pack from falling behind along Welzin and the Pack's defense. Meanwhile, Skyhawk goaltender Daris Wienk turned the Pack away with nine saves in the second half to force overtime.
The Skyhawks won the opening draw in the extra frame. The would set up behind the net and score the game winner on a wrap-around shot from No.1 star Rebecca Miller on the golden goal. Miller finished with three goals and an assist.
After taking the Skyhawks to overtime, the Pack will try to earn its first RMAC win Sunday when they host Colorado Mesa University at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium. The opening draw in Sunday's showdown between the ThunderWolves and Mavericks is slated for 12 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.