Pack WLAX celebrates first senior day Friday

Pack WLAX celebrates first senior day Friday

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 26, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will honor its first senior class in program history when the ThunderWolves celebrate Senior Night Friday at 7 p.m. at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium when the Pack plays University of Colorado Colorado Springs. 

Six seniors will take the field for the final time this weekend. These six seniors are Maxine Bartholomew, Abbey Cira, Leah Neumann, Rachael Welzin, Taylor Wertz, and Alix Zierden.

Pack senior interviews:

Leah Neumann                     Abbey Cira & Taylor Wertz 


Maxine Bartholomew           Alix Zierden           Rachael Welzin (Friday)


A four-year captain, Welzin (Farmington, Minn.) will graduate as the school's all-time leader in caused turnovers. Welzin has forced 116 turnovers including a school-record 38 takeaways this season. Her 175 career ground balls are also a school record.

Welzin's 2.92 caused turnovers per game rank second in the RMAC. She ranks fifth in D-II in caused turnovers per game. The co-captain's 3.69 ground balls per game place her fifth in the RMAC and 19th in D-II.

Zierden (Elk River, Minn.) has scored 106 career goals, the most of any Pack student-athlete in program history. Her 113 career points are third-most at CSU-Pueblo. 

In just three seasons, Neumann (Naperville, Ill.)  has accumulated 133 points, the most of any Pack student-athlete. Her 163 draw controls are also a program record.

Neumann joined Zierden as the only two student-athletes in program history to score 100 career goals with a hat trick against Colorado Mesa University April 22. Defensively, Neumann has 71 career ground balls and 48 caused turnovers.

Bartholomew (Elk Grove, Calif.) has battled through injuries to have a career year as a senior. This season, Bartholomew has scored a career-high 12 goals. She has passed out career-best nine assists for 21 points. Her 21 points more than doubled her previous career high of 10, set last season. Bartholomew scored a career-high four goals and accumulated a career-best six points in the Pack's win over Adams State University April 8.

A two-sport athlete, Wertz (Lamar, Colo.) has played in 52 games as a defender, making 37 starts. She has 45 career ground balls and 31 caused turnovers.

Cira (Pueblo, Colo.) has played in 19 games over her four years. She scored her first career goal April 22, 2016 against Adams State.

While these six seniors will be looking to go out on a high note, several underclassmen will be looking to build momentum towards next season.

Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) earned her first RMAC Defensive Player of the Week award Monday. Horton's 12.30 saves per game lead the RMAC and rank fourth nationally. The Pack's goaltender has stopped 50 percent of the shots she has faced this season, giving her the 14th best save percentage in D-II.

Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) will look to become the fourth player in program history to reach 100 career points. Christensen has 72 goals and 26 assists for 98 career points. Her 3.31 ground balls per game rank sixth in the RMAC. 

The ThunderWolves will also host No. 11 Regis University Sunday in their 2018 season finale. CSU-Pueblo's season finale will start 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