Buzzer beater gives Westminster a 14-13 win over Pack WLAX

Buzzer beater gives Westminster a 14-13 win over Pack WLAX

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 15, 2017) A goal with two seconds left in regulation spoiled Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse's postseason plans as the Pack fell to Westminster College 14-13 Saturday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium.

With eight seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 13, a Westminster turnover gave the Pack the ball back. As the clock ticked towards overtime, CSU-Pueblo was called offsides. The officials awarded Westminster the ball and put four seconds back on the clock. Morgan Bakarich found Kira Heiden for the game winning goal with just two seconds on the clock to give Westminster a 14-13 win. The Griffins improved to 7-4 with a 5-3 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

CSU-Pueblo slipped to 4-8 on the season with a 2-5 record in RMAC games. Though they could tie both Westminster and Rockhurst University in the conference standings, the loss eliminates the Pack from RMAC Tournament play due to tiebreakers. The Pack lost head-to-head to both Westminster and Rockhurst by one goal.

Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) led the Pack's offense with three goals and an assist. For the second week in a row Neumann netted nine goals in two games. She now has a team-high 31 goals and 42 points. Neumann also snagged another six draw controls. The midfielder finished with four ground balls and a caused turnover.

Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) scored a season-high two goals. Welzin also dominated defensively with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. She finished the weekend with 14 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas) matched Welzin with six ground balls. Calvo also caused a turnover and collected two draw controls.

Elyse Ingram (Fr., San Jose, Calif.) totaled three points. Ingram facilitated the offense with two assists and added a goal of her own. Allison Wurscher (So., Tigard, Ore.) and Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) both fired in two goals for the Pack.

Though she did not score, Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) matched Welzin with four caused turnovers. Christensen tacked on two ground balls and three draw controls. Taylor Wertz (Jr., Lamar, Colo.) found four ground balls and forced two turnovers. Britney Smith (Fr., Oregon City, Ore.) picked up four ground balls and caused a turnover.

The two teams appeared evenly matched for the first 15 minutes as the Pack and Griffins traded goals to reach a 5-5 tie with 14:44 left in the first half. CSU-Pueblo unleashed two goals in 13 seconds from Wurscher and Allison Kobel (So., Torrance, Calif.). They added a third tally  from Neumann minutes later to take an 8-5 lead.  The Griffins answered with a pair of goals in the last 1:31 of the half to cut the Pack's advantage to 8-7 at the break.

Two consecutive woman-up goals put the Pack up by three less than five minutes into the second half. After a Griffin goal, Sami LaBella (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) scored to make it a three-goal lead again for the Pack.

Westminster rattled off a 4-0 run to take a 12-11 lead with 6:20 left. Welzin scored to tie it at 12 with five minutes to go. With the Pack down 13-12, Zierden potted a goal with 1:41 left in regulation to knot it up at 13.

The Griffins won the ensuing draw and held for last shot. Their pass with eight seconds left was disrupted and led to a turnover. In the ensuing clear attempt, the Pack was called offsides and the Griffins were handed the ball with four seconds left at goal line extended. Bakarich found Heiden cutting the net and Heiden put away the game winner on her fifth goal of the game with two seconds left as the Griffins escaped with a 14-13 win.

The Pack will hit the road next weekend as they face Adams State University Saturday and Fort Lewis College Sunday. CSU-Pueblo will return to Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Sunday April 30 for their home finale against Regis University.

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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.