PUEBLO, Colo. (March 15, 2017) – Rachael Welzin became the first Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse student athlete to earn the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's D-II Defensive Player of the Week Award.
After earning her first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) became the first CSU-Pueblo lacrosse player to receive national recognition.
Two players from each NCAA Division are chosen weekly for the IWLCA Player of the Week Award. The winners are announced during the broadcast of "Fast Break: IWLCA College Lacrosse Weekly" on Lacrosse Sports Network. The show airs at 7:30 pm EDT on Wednesdays throughout the season.
Welzin anchored the Pack defense against Fort Lewis College and Colorado Mesa University. She finished with seven ground balls, caused five turnovers and controlled two draws.
With a backup midfielder thrown in goal due to an injury, Welzin's defensive prowess kept the Pack in the game. She secured five ground balls and caused four turnover to send the game to overtime.
In the Pack's game against the Mavericks, Welzin collected two ground balls and forced one turnover. Welzin had a draw control in each game. She assisted on an Alix Zierden goal.
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.
Welzin will lead CSU-Pueblo on a six-game road trip starting Monday March 20 when the Pack plays McKendree University. 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.