ThunderWolves held in check by Rockhurst

ThunderWolves held in check by Rockhurst

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 11, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse could not pull off the upset Saturday as they fell to Rockhurst University 14-8 at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium in the final game of their season-opening three-game homestand.

The Pack owns a 1-2 record overall in 2017, but their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win still eludes CSU-Pueblo as they stand 0-2 in conference play. Rockhurst improved to 7-2 overall with a 3-2 conference mark.

Obviously, much deeper into their season than the Pack, Rockhurst's experience showed especially in the faceoff circle. The Hawks won 18 of the 23 faceoffs. They put 32 shots on goal compared to just 13 for CSU-Pueblo.

Although he took his second loss of the season, Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) kept the Pack in the game with highlight reel stops. Richards made 17 saves on 31 shots (54.8 percent).

Devin Thrower (R-Fr. Las Vegas, Nev.) continues his impressive start to the season defensively. Thrower totaled four ground balls. He also caused five turnovers.

Facing his former team, Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) scored two goals and dished out an assist. He also forced a turnover and secured two ground balls. Foerster scored eight goals and had four assists in two games.

Sophomores Taylor Davis (Littleton, Colo.) and Weston Bartgis (El Cajon, Calif.) each delivered two goals and had an assist. Davis fired 12 shots at the net.

Nick Cervi (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) scored his third goal of the week. Cervi fired in his only shot of the game. Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) rocketed in his sixth goal of the season. He also added a ground ball.

The Pack never led as Rockhurst put away the first three goals of the game to jump in front 3-0. CSU-Pueblo answered with two goals of their own as Davis scored and then assisted on a Foerster goal to make it 3-2. A Rockhurst goal gave the Hawks a 4-2 lead after one.

In the second quarter, the two teams each found the back of the net twice. CSU-Pueblo trailed 6-4 heading into halftime.

Rockhurst rushed out of the locker room with four consecutive goals to go up six and  get some breathing room. Though the Pack responded with four of the next five goals, the entered the fourth quarter down 11-8.

For the second consecutive RMAC game, the Pack could not muster a fourth quarter goal. Rockhurst goalie Spencer Bright made two of his five saves in the fourth to walk away with the 14-8 win.

After their 1-2 homestand, the Pack will hit the road for the first time this season when they play St. Mary's University (Kansas) Tuesday, March 21. CSU-Pueblo will begin another three-game homestand Saturday March 31 when they meet Westminster College at 7 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.