ThunderWolves celebrate first senior night with 16-11 win

ThunderWolves celebrate first senior night with 16-11 win

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 27, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse celebrated the careers of its six seniors and celebrated a 16-11 victory over University of Colorado Colorado Springs Friday night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium in the Pack's first senior night.

Seniors Leah Neumann (Naperville, Ill.) and Alix Zierden (Elk River, Minn.) each scored a game-high four goals. Neumann also had an assist, three ground balls, a draw control, and a caused turnover. Three of Zierdens goals came on free position attempts. Zierden now has 110 career goals. Neumann stands with 106 career goals. 

Four-year senior captain Rachael Welzin (Farmington, Minn.) caused three turnovers and collected four ground balls. She has caused a program record 41 turnovers in 2018. Fellow senior, Maxine Bartholomew (Elk Grove, Calif.) scored a goal and dished out an assist to make the Pack's first senior night a memorable one.

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) made 18 saves on 28 shots. Horton stopped 64.3 percent of the shots she faced. The Pack's goalie improved her RMAC lead in saves per game and save percentage.

Elyse Ingram (So., San Jose, Calif.) had a goal and an assist. Ingram filled the stat sheet with a team-high six ground balls. She also caused four turnovers and snagged three draw controls. 

Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Olivia Tener (Fr., Boise, Idaho) each had five ground balls. Christensen had two goals and an assist. She matched Ingram with four caused turnovers and three draw controls. 

Sami LaBella (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.) caused three turnovers. She had two ground balls.

Ali Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.) netted two goals and handed out an assist. Emily Eller (Fr., Keller, Texas) and Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) each had a goal for the Pack.

UCCS actually got the game's first two goals in the opening two minutes of the contest. The Pack retaliated with eight straight goals to take an 8-2 lead.

After two more Mountain Lion goals, the Pack struck three more times. Christensen potted a feed from Neumann with less than a second left in the first half to give the ThunderWolves an 11-4 lead at the break. Horton stopped 11-of-15 in the first half. 

Neumann launched in the first goal of the second half to push the Pack's lead to a game-high eight. The Mountain Lions would never get any closer than six as the ThunderWolves sprinted away with a 16-11 win. 

CSU-Pueblo now stands 4-10 on the season. The Mountain Lions fell to 7-10. Both teams are 3-6 in RMAC play.

After celebrating senior night with a victory, the ThunderWolves will hope to end their 2018 campaign on a high note Sunday when they play No. 11 Regis University in their season finale. The opening draw at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium is slated 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