SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 23, 2018) – A six-goal run spoiled Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse's bid for their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win as they suffered a 15-14 setback at the hands of Westminster College.
The loss sends the ThunderWolves to 1-5 with a 0-4 record in RMAC games. Westminster improved to 4-3 (3-1 RMAC)
Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) set two school records with 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Welzin broke the previous school record of eight ground balls.
Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) netted a hat trick. Christensen also finished with a season-high seven ground balls. She also controlled four draws and caused a turnover.
Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) led the Pack with four goals. She leads the Pack with 16 goals on the season.
Elyse Ingram (So., San Jose, Calif.) and Olivia Tener (Fr., Boise, Idaho) each had a goal. Ingram had five draw controls. She also had three ground balls. Tener collected three ground balls and three draw controls.
The Pack blitzed the Griffins early. Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) scored 1:13 into the game. Just five seconds later, Ingram took the draw and scored to put the Pack up two. Zierden finished with two points.
Westminster would fight back with two goals of its own to tie it. A string of three straight goals gave the Pack a 6-3 lead. The Griffins would claw back within one, making it 7-6 at halftime.
CSU-Pueblo unleashed a 3-0 run to put up 10-6. After a Westminster goal, Taylor Wertz (Sr., Lamar, Colo.) scored her first career goal on a woman-up opportunity to make it 11-7 wit 17:49 left.
The Griffins took over with six consecutive goals to take a 13-11 lead. A Christensen goal would end the Griffins run and pull the Pack within one.
Two more Westminster goals would put the home team up 15-12. The ThunderWolves got two goals in the final minute from Tener and Emily Eller (Fr., Keller, Texas), but the Pack ran out of time, dropping their fifth straight game by a 15-14 final.
The Pack is now 2-2 all-time against the Griffins. All four games have been decided by one goal.
CSU-Pueblo will continue its five-game road trip when they visit Colorado Mesa University Sunday in RMAC match. The ThunderWolves and Mavericks will meet 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