Welzin named First Team All-RMAC, five more Honorable Mention

Welzin named First Team All-RMAC, five more Honorable Mention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 2, 2018) –  Rachael Welzin of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse team earned First Team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors. Five more Pack student-athletes earned Honorable-Mention All-RMAC in the conference's annual awards release Wednesday.

Ali Doyle, Taylor Christensen, Ane Marie Horton, Leah Neumann, Alix Zierden garnered Honorable Mention all-RMAC nods.  This gives CSU-Pueblo a program-record six All-RMAC athletes in 2018.

Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) is the first Pack Women's Lacrosse student-athlete to earn First Team All-RMAC honors in program history. She was named Honorable Mention All-RMAC in 2016 and received Second Team All-RMAC accolades in 2017.

The senior set a school record in 2018 with 45 caused turnovers. Her 45 caused turnovers are 16 more than the previous school record. Welzin also had a career-high 55 ground balls, second most in school history. She has committed just 12 turnovers in 2018.

Welzin ranks third in D-II with 3.0 caused turnovers per game. Her 3.67 ground balls per game are tied for fourth most in the RMAC. The four-year captain ranks 21st in D-II in ground balls per game.

Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) claims an Honorable Mention All-RMAC award for the second time in her career. She last received All-RMAC accolades as a freshman in 2016. Christensen scored a career-high 30 goals and dished out a career-high 12 assists this season. She also had a career-high 55 draw controls and 29 caused turnovers. Christensen ranks 10th in the RMAC with 1.93 caused turnovers per game.

Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.) received her first All-RMAC selection in 2018. Playing in all 15 Pack games, Doyle scored a career-high 18 goals. She finished a career-best 23 points thanks to five assists.

Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) led the RMAC with 12.83 saves per game, fourth-most in D-II. The Pack's goaltender stopped 50 percent of the shots she faced. Horton ranked 12th in the nation in save percentage. She earned RMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors April 23.

Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) was tabbed Honorable Mention All-RMAC for the second consecutive season. She leaves CSU-Pueblo as the school's all-time leader in career points with 144. This season, Neumann accumulated a career-best 51 points with 34 goals and a career-high 17 assists. She also set a school record with 62 career draw controls. Her 4.13 draw controls per game rank eighth in the RMAC. The co-captain also set career-highs with 29 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers.

With 110 career goals, Neumann ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo. Her 166 career draw controls are also a school record.

Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) led the Pack with 35 goals in 2018. This earned Zierden her second consecutive Honorable Mention All-RMAC accolade. The senior ranked 23rd in D-II with 1.07 free position goals per game. Zierden holds a CSU-Pueblo record with 112 career goals. Her 35 goals and 16 free position goals this season are both career-bests.

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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