ThunderWolves ground Griffins for 14-12 upset win

ThunderWolves ground Griffins for 14-12 upset win

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 31, 2017) –Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse stunned Westminster College as the Pack pulled off a 14-12 upset on a rainy Friday night at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

One week earlier, CSU-Pueblo earned its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win. The Pack did not wait long for its second RMAC victory as the ThunderWolves claimed their first conference win at home. Picked to finish last in the RMAC, the Pack shocked last year's conference runner up. They now hold a 4-3 record overall with a 2-3 mark in conference play.

Reigning RMAC Offensive Player of the Week Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) made his case for another conference award as he put away five goals and handed out an assist. With six points Friday, Foerster set the Pack's record for goals and points in a season. He now has 25 goals and 37 points, both of which are the best in school history. His 63 career points also stand as a Pack record.

Taylor Davis (So., Littleton, Colo.) dropped five points for the Pack. Davis scored three goals and passed out a pair of helpers. He now has 17 goals and 11 assists on the season.

Weston Bartgis (So., El Cajon, Calif.) pocketed his second career hat trick. Bartgis piped in three goals and an assist. The four points were a career-high for Bartgis.

Midfielder Caleb Johnson (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) handed out a pair of clutch assists. He also grabbed a team-high four ground balls and won 13 faceoffs.

RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.)also added four ground balls. Cole Pauley (So., Omaha, Neb.) picked up four ground balls as well.

Tavian Watson (So., Aurora, Colo.) caused a team-high three turnovers. Watson also snagged two ground balls.

The Griffins came out with a flurry to jump in front 2-0. Davis and Bartgis answered for the Pack to knot the game at two. With less than a minute left in the first, the Griffins got on the board again to go up 3-2 after one.

CSU-Pueblo caught fire in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Three consecutive goals, two goals from Foerster and one Bartgis, put the Pack up 5-3. Westminster bounced back with a pair of goals to tie it at five. Bartgis completed the hat trick to give the Pack a 6-5 lead. However, the Griffins would strike twice to carry a 7-6 edge into halftime.

Starting the third quarter, Foerster and Nick Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) rifled in goals to put the Pack up 8-7. The Griffins would close the quarter on a 3-0 run. They found the back of the net with four seconds left in the third to push their advantage to 10-8.

Down two with 15 minutes to play, the Pack would not be denied. They unleashed a scoring barrage with three goals in a row to reclaim the lead at 11-10. Westminster fought back with a goal to tie it at 11. Davis broke the tie with a 5-on-5 goal to make it 12-11.

Missing a man due to a penalty, Johnson won a faceoff and raced down the field. He found Matzek who potted his second goal of the night. Matzek's shorthanded goal put the Pack up 13-11 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Pack would fend off several attacks from Westminster before the Griffins trimmed the lead to one with 2:56 left. With the Griffins up against a wall, they double teamed Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) out of a timeout. Bolen broke through the double team and tucked the ball in the empty net to clinch a 14-12 win for the Pack. Bolen finished with a goal and an assist.

Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev, improved to 3-3. Richards made 13 saves on 25 shots.

The Griffins fell to 3-3. CSU-Pueblo handed the Griffins their first RMAC loss of the season sending them to 3-1 in conference play.

CSU-Pueblo will look for another upset Sunday when they face Colorado Mesa University. The opening faceoff between the pack and Mavericks is set for 12 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