Lack of possessions hurts Pack MLAX in loss to No. 18 Mesa

Lack of possessions hurts Pack MLAX in loss to No. 18 Mesa

PUEBLO, Colo.  (April 2, 2017) –  Colorado State University – Pueblo Men's Lacrosse could not complete the weekend upset sweep as the Pack fell to No. 18 Colorado Mesa University 25-8 Sunday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium. 

The Mavericks won 25 of the 36 faceoffs to control the game as they improved to 10-2 with a 5-1 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. CSU-Pueblo returned to .500 at 4-4 with a 2-4 mark in RMAC contests.

Taylor Davis (So., Littleton, Colo.) and Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) led the Pack with three points each. Davis and Foerster both scored two goals and pitched in an assist.

Foerster now has at least two goals in each game this season. He hold the school-record 27 goals and 13 assists. Foerster leads the RMAC with 5.0 points per game and 4.0 goals per game.

Davis also has scored at least two goals in every game. He has 31 points on 19 goals and 12 assists on the season. 

Freshman KC Scott (Windsor, Colo.) fired in a pair of goals for the Pack. The two-goal outing set a career-high for Scott.

Nick Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) added a goal and an assist. Weston Bartgis (So., El Cajon, Calif.) tacked on a goal for CSU-Pueblo.

Preston DeHerrera (Jr., Northglenn, Colo.) and Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.) both secured a team-high four ground balls. Cole Pauley (So., Omaha, Neb.) caused two turnovers to lead the Pack. Pauley also collected two groundballs.

The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Goals from Foerster and Matzek gave the Pack a 2-0 edge halfway through the first quarter. Four consecutive strikes from Colorado Mesa put the Mavericks up 4-2 after one.  

A man-up goal from the Mavericks put them up 5-2 early in the second. Davis and Bartgis answered for the Pack to cut the lead to one. Four straight goals for Colorado Mesa put the visitors up 9-4. They would lead 11-5 at halftime. 

The Mavericks opened up the second half with a 4-0 run to push their lead to 10. They would roll to a 25-8 lead. The Mavericks took 69 total shots compared to just 40 for the Pack.

Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) faced 32 shots in three quarters. He made 15 saves in a losing effort. Richards now has a 3-4 record on the season. Remi Reeves got the win for the Mavericks to up his record to 9-2.

With a program record for wins already in the books, the Pack will take 11 days off. They will take the field next in their home finale Thursday April 13 when they face Maryville University. The Pack's home finale will start at 5 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.