Freshmen step up for Pack in loss to No.2 Lions

Freshmen step up for Pack in loss to No.2 Lions

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (March 26, 2017) In a road test against the No. 2 team in the nation, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse competed with Lindenwood University, but ultimately could not upset the Lions in a 24-9 loss. 

The ThunderWolves fell to 1-6 overall with a 1-4 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Lions roared to a 10-0 record with a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. 

Freshman Ali Doyle (Portland, Ore.) had a break out game against the Lions. Doyle scored three goals for the first hat trick of her young Pack career. She also added an assist for a four-point game. Doyle also controlled three draws and caused two turnovers.

Fellow freshman Elyse Ingram (San Jose, Calif.) tallied three points. Ingram fired in a pair of goals and dished out an assist. She picked up four ground balls. The midfielder also forced a turnover and controlled a draw.

Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) came through with two points. Christensen rocketed in a goal and provided an assist. She filled the stat sheet with three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.

Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk Ridge, Minn.) inched closer to the 20 goal plateau. Zierden scored twice to bring her season total to 19. 

Captains Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) and Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) led the Pack in the draw circle. Welzin secured five draws to lead the team, while Neumann controlled four draws.

The Pack kept pace with the Lions early on. A Doyle free position goal tied the game at one just over two minutes into the game. Christensen scored the Pack's second goal to make it 4-2. 

Doyle and Zierden each followed Lindenwood goals with strikes of their own to keep the Pack within two goals at 6-4. A six-goal run put the Lions up 12-4. Sami LaBella (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) ended the Lindenwood streak to send the Pack into the locker room down 12-5.

Lindenwood came out of the break with four of the first five tallies of the second half to go up 16-6. Two goals from Ingram and a goal from Doyle gave the ThunderWolves a three-goal run. However, the Lions would score the final seven goals of the contest to earn a 24-9 victory.

The Pack will continue their six game road trip with a visit to Colorado Mesa University Friday March 31 at 7 p.m. CSU-Pueblo will finally return home to Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Sunday April 9 to face 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.