COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 30, 2018) – Rachael Welzin of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse team earned a Preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection for the second consecutive season. The RMAC released its Preseason Coach's Poll and the ThunderWolves were voted to finish seventh in the conference standings.
The seventh place votes echoes the Pack's finish from the 2017 season where they went 3-6 in RMAC play. The ThunderWolves missed a RMAC Tournament bid by one game after going 5-10 overall.
Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) was named Second Team All-RMAC in 2017. As a junior, Welzin became the first player in program history to earn IWLCA Player of the Week honors when she was named IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week on March 15.
For the second consecutive season, Welzin earned a spot on the RMAC's Academic Honor Roll. On the field, Welzin set a career-high with 43 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. The defender ranked third in the RMAC with 2.87 ground balls per game and placed sixth in the conference with a team-high 1.87 caused turnovers per game. She matched a career-high with eight ground balls in the Pack's 18-14 win over Concordia University- St. Paul and tied a Pack record with six caused turnovers in the Pack's 18-10 win over Adams State University (April 22).
Welzin was also named team captain for the third consecutive season Tuesday. She shares that honor Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.), who was also selected as a team captain for the third consecutive season. Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named team captain for the first time in her career Tuesday.
The Pack returns nine starters from the 2017 season, including Neumann and Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk Ridge, Minn.) who were name Honorable Mention All-RMAC in 2017. Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) also returns for the ThunderWolves after missing most of last season due to injury. Nine newcomers will also make their Pack debut this season.
CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will host Colorado College this Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium. The Pack will open their regular season with a home showdown against Fort Lewis College, Saturday Feb. 24.
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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.