COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 13, 2017) – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced Monday that Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse swept the RMAC's Player of the Week awards. Rachael Welzin earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors while Alix Zierden claimed the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week award.
Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) continues to be a force in the Pack's defense. She had seven ground balls, caused five turnovers and controlled two draws.
Facing an uphill battle against Fort Lewis College with a backup midfielder thrown in the cage due to an injury, Wezlin helped the Pack force overtime against the Skyhawks. She secured five ground balls and caused four turnovers.
Against Colorado Mesa University, Welzin collected two ground balls and forced one turnover. Welzin had a draw control in each game. She assisted on one of Zierden's goals.
The Pack's captain ranks second in the RMAC in ground balls and caused turnovers. She has eight ground balls and six caused turnovers on the season.
Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) scored seven goals in two games last week. The junior went 3-fo-4 on free position attempts as she worked her way towards the net.
The midfielder scored three times against Fort Lewis Thursday. Zierden followed her hat trick with a four-goal game against Colorado Mesa Sunday. Her four-goal game matched a career-high for Zierden.
Zierden leads the Pack with nine goals. Her 3.33 goals per game average ranks sixth in the RMAC.
Monday's award was the first career RMAC Player of the Week honor for both players as the two Minnesotans gave the Pack their third all-time sweep of the RMAC Player of the week Awards. CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse now has seven RMAC Player of the Week Awards all-time. As a department, CSU-Pueblo has earned 50 RMAC Player of the Week Awards in 2016-17.
The Pack will begin a six-game road trip a week from Monday when they visit McKendree University March 20 at 3 p.m. They will return to Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Sunday April 9 to play Adams State University at 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.