PUEBLO, Colo. (March 30, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will head to Grand Junction, Colo. Friday for the fifth stop in the Pack's six-game road trip when they face Colorado Mesa University at 7 p.m.
The ThunderWolves have started the road trip 1-3 and have a 1-6 record overall. CSU-Pueblo brings a 1-4 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Colorado Mesa has a 7-2 mark overall and a 3-1 record in conference games. The Mavericks beat the Pack 20-9 in a RMAC game earlier this season in Pueblo.
As a team, the Pack ranks second in D-II with 14.0 caused turnovers per game. They lead the RMAC by 1.1 forced takeaways per game.
Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas), and Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) share the individual lead for the Pack with 13 caused turnovers each. Calvo and Christensen share sixth place in the RMAC with 1.86 caused turnovers each, and 2.57 ground balls per game each.
Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) ranks second in the RMAC with 4.29 draw controls per game. Neumann set a school record with 11 draw controls against Rockhurst University. The Co-captain ranks 23rd nationally in draw controls per game. She leads the Pack with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) during the Pack's road trip.
Offensively, Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) has triggered the Pack's attack all season long. Her 19 goals lead the team. Zierden's 2.71 goals per game rank seventh in the RMAC.
The Pack's freshmen have emerged over the last week. Elyse Ingram (San Jose, Calif.) scored nine goals last week, second only to Zierden for most goals on the team over this trip. Ingram scored five goals in the Pack's win over Oklahoma Baptist University. Ali Doyle (Fr., Portland, Ore.) scored a career-high three goals in the Pack's loss to No.2 Lindenwood University.
After the Pack's showdown with the Mavericks, they play University of Colorado Colorado Springs for the first time Saturday April 8 in the last game of their road trip. The Pack returns home Sunday April 9 to play Adams State University at 12 p.m. at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
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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.