COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 8, 2016) – Beginning their third season as a program, Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse was picked to finish sixth in the conference according to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Caleb Johnson earned Preseason All-RMAC honors in the conference's annual preseason release announced Wednesday.
Johnson (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) was named Preseason All-RMAC Short Stick Defensive Midfielder. With this honor, Johnson becomes the second Pack men's lacrosse player in school history to receive a Preseason All-RMAC nod. Jamil Modaffari earned this honor a year ago.
In 2016, Johnson played in all 14 Pack games, making 11 starts. He finished second on the ThunderWolves with 37 grounds ball. Johnson' s 2.43 ground balls per game as a sophomore ranked ninth in the RMAC.
Johnson scored a goal and added an assist in the Pack's 16-12 win over Emmanuel College, to help the ThunderWolves earn their first win in program history. He finished three goals and four points. Johnson also won 2-of-3 in the faceoff circle. He secured a career-high five ground balls in three games in 2016.
After beating Emmanuel, the Pack went on to two more wins. Their three-win season set a program record as they finished 3-11.
One thing still eludes the Pack, however. They will try to win their first RMAC game in 2017.
The Pack will get a shot at their first conference win when they open the season against Adams State University Saturday, March 4 at the Art Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium. Before they host the Grizzlies, the ThunderWolves will welcome Metro State University Denver's club team to Southern Colorado in a home scrimmage Saturday Feb. 25.
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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