Pack MLAX denied upset of No. 18 Mesa, 15-9

Pack MLAX denied upset of No. 18 Mesa, 15-9

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (April 21, 2017) Colorado State University – Pueblo Men's Lacrosse competed but could not complete the upset of No. 18 ranked Colorado Mesa University as the Pack dropped a 15-9 final. 

The loss evens the Pack's record at 5-5. CSU-Pueblo's 3-5 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games places them in fifth place in the conference standings. They are one game out of the fourth and final spot in the RMAC Tournament. Colorado Mesa leads the conference with a 12-2 (7-1 RMAC) record.

Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) matched a season-high with four points. Bolen fired in three goals and handed out an assist. The hat trick was the fifth of Bolen's career.

Nick Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) launched in two goals on four shots. Matzek also snagged a ground ball.

Weston Bartgis (So., El Cajon, Calif.), Nick Cervi (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), and KC Scott (Fr., Windsor, Colo.) all finished with two points. Bartgis, Cervi, and Scott all netted a goal and dished out an assist.

Hunter Thompson (Jr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) added a goal for the Pack. The RMAC's points leader, Blake Foertser (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) picked up an assist for the Pack.

Trevor Boice (So., Stuart, Fla.) collected a career-high four ground balls. Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.) and goaltender Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) each added three ground balls.

Much like the first meeting between the two teams, the Mavericks controlled the faceoff circle winning 19 of the 28 draws in the game. They outshot the Pack 51-30.

Colorado Mesa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The Pack responded with a pair of goals as Bolen scored on a man up opportunity and Bartgis put away a Cervi feed to tie it at two. The Mavericks scored with 34 seconds left in the first quarter to go in front 3-2.

After Mesa started the scoring in the second, CSU-Pueblo unleashed a three-goal run to jump in front 5-4. Bolen, Cervi, and Scott all tickled the twine to give the Pack their first lead.  The Mavericks would bounce back with four goals to take an 8-5 lead at the break.

CSU-Pueblo could not cut into the Mavericks lead in the third quarter. Colorado Mesa held a 5-2 edge in the third to take a 13-8 advantage into the final quarter. Thompson and Bolen rifled in the Pack's third period goals.

The two teams traded goals in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks pulled away with the 15-9 win. Matzek scored both of the Pack's goals in the final frame.

CSU-Pueblo will look for a clutch RMAC win Sunday when they visit Westminster College at 12 p.m. The Pack knocked off the Griffins 14-12 at home March 31.

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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.