ThunderWolves fall in home opener to Colorado Mesa

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 7, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's lacrosse team hosted Colorado Mesa University in the first-ever regular-season home contest in program history Saturday at the Art and Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Complex. Despite a season-high 22 saves from ThunderWolves' goalie Nick Richards (Fr., Henderson, Nev.), the Pack fell to the Mavericks, 16-5, in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association tilt.

The loss drops CSU-Pueblo to 0-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in WILA contests. Colorado Mesa improves to 2-1 on the year and remains undefeated in league play at 2-0.

The ThunderWolves recorded a season-high 25 shots, including 13 shots on goal. CSU-Pueblo scooped up 24 ground balls, which marks its second-highest total of the season in that category. The Pack caused six Mavericks' turnovers and were efficient clearing the ball into their offensive zone, converting on 17-of-19 attempts.

Richards' 22 saves eclipses his previous season-best mark of eight versus both Colorado College and Lindenwood University. The freshman also led the Pack in caused turnovers with two.  

Offensively, the ThunderWolves were paced by Jamil Modaffari's (Jr., Pen Yan, N.Y.) two goals. Hunter Thompson (Greenwood Village, Colo.) tallied his team-leading fourth goal of the season, while Chas Welch (So., Dacula, Ga.) and Cody Bolen (Fr., Castle Rock, Colo.) also added a goal each. Tyler Goodwin (Fr., Littleton, Colo.) recorded his first collegiate assist.

Kory Mueller (Fr., Milwaukee, Wis.) had a team-best four ground balls for the ThunderWolves.

Colorado Mesa jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage, before Thompson put CSU-Pueblo on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at the 5:02 mark of the first quarter.

The Mavericks extended their lead to 7-1 thanks to a 4-0 run, spanning 5:43 of game action.

The Pack held the visitors scoreless over the final 11:37 of the second quarter allowing themselves an opportunity to climb back in the contest. Welch found the back of the net at the 8:36 mark for a man-up goal, making the score 7-2. Bolen closed the first half with his third goal of the season, pulling CSU-Pueblo within four, at 7-3, heading into the intermission.

Colorado Mesa seized control of the game by outscoring the Pack, 4-0, in the third quarter to extend its lead to 11-3.

Modaffari notched both of his goals in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Mavericks went on to win 16-5.

The ThunderWolves remain at home for their next contest, hosting WILA opponent Adams State University Wednesday at 7:00 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.