PUEBLO, Colo. (April 8, 2017) – In the last game of the their six-game road swing, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse welcomed University of Colorado Colorado Springs to the sport harshly. The Pack dominated the inaugural meeting with their Steel & Silver trophy rivals 18-5 Saturday.
With their victory, the Pack improved to 2-7 in 2017. They stand 2-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. In their first season, the Mountain Lions remain winless in RMAC play at 0-6. They fell to 4-7 overall.
The Pack owned the draw circle. CSU-Pueblo controlled 21 of the 25 draws. Because of this success in the circle, the Mountain Lions would only muster 10 shots, putting eight on goal.
Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) propelled the Pack to victory with seven points. Neumann launched in five goals and handed out a pair of assists. The co-captain also controlled three draws.
Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) each netted four goals for the Pack. The four goals marked a career-high for Christensen. Zierden now leads the Pack with 23 goals on the season.
Christensen overpowered the Mountain Lions defensively, forcing a team-high two turnovers. She also snagged five ground balls and controlled four draws.
Freshman Elyse Ingram (San Jose, Calif.) led the Pack with six draw controls. Ingram also tallied three points. She zipped in a pair of goals and dealt out a helper in the win.
Maxine Bartholomew (Jr., Elk Grove, Calif.) rifled in a pair of goals for the Pack. She now has four goals on the season.
Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) controlled five draws. The Co-captain also matched Christensen with a team –high two caused turnovers. Welzin also found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
The Pack stormed the Mountain Lions from the opening draw. Bartholomew put the Pack on the board 2:20 into the game. Her goal started an 11-0 for the Pack to start the game. After UCCS got on the board, Neumann answered to put the Pack up 12-1 at halftime.
CSU-Pueblo shutout the Mountain Lions for the first 23:35 of the game. They outshot the Mountain Lions 18-5 in the first half and 24-10 for the game.
A 10-1 advantage in draw controls for the Pack in the second half helped them run out the clock. The ThunderWolves outscored the Mountain Lions 6-4 in the second half to close out an 18-5 win.
April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) made three saves for the Pack. McDonough earned the second win of her collegiate lacrosse career. Elle Scott-Williams took the loss for UCCS, making just five saves on 23 shots.
With their six-game road trip in the books, the Pack will return home for three in a row at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium starting Sunday when the Pack hosts Adams State University. The opening draw between the Pack and Grizzlies is set 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.