Rough first quarter foils Pack MLAX in 21-14 loss to Rockhurst

Rough first quarter foils Pack MLAX in 21-14 loss to Rockhurst
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 26, 2017) A slow start prevented Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse from beating Rockhurst University Sunday as the Pack dropped a 21-14 final score to the Hawks.
 
The Pack holds a 3-3 record overall with a 1-3 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Rockhurst improved to 8-3 (4-3 RMAC).
 
Nick Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) led the Pack with four goals. Matzek added two assists to finish with six total points. 

Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) netted a hat trick for the third time this season. Foerster handed out three assists to match Matzek with six points. He also finished with four groundballs, matching his career-high.

Taylor Davis (So., Littleton, Colo.) totaled five points on the day. Davis fired in three goals and added two assists. 

Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) posted four points. Bolen scored twice and passed out a pair of helpers. 

Midfielder Caleb Johnson (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) claimed nine ground balls to lead the Pack. The nine pick ups set a new career-high for Johnson. 

Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.) led the Pack with four caused turnovers. He has now caused a turnover in five consecutive games. Despite Ferrie's best efforts, the Pack lost the turnover battle 23-16.

CSU-Pueblo got on the board first as Davis delivered a strike just 1:22 into the game. Foerster assisted on the goal that put the Pack up 1-0.

However, the Hawks closed the quarter on a 7-0 run to go up 7-1. They made it 10 in a row with three consecutive tallies to start the second quarter. Goals from Matzek, Davis and Bolen helped the Pack cut it to 11-4 at the break. 

The ThunderWolves fought back in the third quarter. After Rockhurst came out of the locker room with a goal, the Pack reeled off five consecutive goals to trim the Rockhurst lead to 12-9. Devin Thrower (R-Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.) and Weston Bartgis (El Cajon, Calif.) scored their only goals of the game during this 5-0 run. A pair of Rockhurst goals put the Hawks up 14-9 heading into the fourth. 

Matzek started the fourth quarter with a tally for the Pack to make it 14-10. However, Rockhurst unleashed another 7-0 run to pull away 21-10. Though the Pack scored the final four goals, they wound up on the short end of a 21-14 final.

After a 2-1 road trip, the Pack will return home for a three-game homestand. The ThunderWolves' last homestand of the season starts Friday, March 31 when the Pack faces 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.