ThunderWolves knock off Grizzlies 11-7 to finish .500

ThunderWolves knock off Grizzlies 11-7 to finish .500
ALAMOSA, Colo. (April 29, 2017) In their final game of the season, Colorado State University – Pueblo Men's Lacrosse defeated Adams State University 11-7 thanks to a five-goal game from Nick Matzek.
 
The Pack wrapped their regular season with a 6-6 record to finish .500 for the first time in program history. Both the ThunderWolves and Grizzlies posted a 4-6 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games to end the year in a tie for fourth place.

Despite the Pack's win over the Grizzlies Sunday, Adams State will advance to the RMAC Tournament. With the two teams splitting the two head-to-head matchups, the Grizzlies received the postseason berth on a goal differential tiebreaker throughout the conference season. Adams State was -28, while the Pack was -34. 

Matzek (Jr., Tustin, Calif.) matched a career-high with his five-goal effort. He totaled 32 points on the season with a career-best 2.67 points per game. 

Blake Foerster (Jr., Centennial, Colo.) became the first student-athlete in school history to reach the 50-point plateau with two goals and two assists. Foerster scored a program-record 34 goals in 2017. His 19 assists and 53 points also set school records.

Anthony Ferrie (So., Littleton, Colo.) dominated defensively for the Pack with five ground balls and six caused turnovers. The six caused turnovers gave Ferrie the school's single season record with 22 caused turnovers in 2017. He also matched Preston DeHerrera's (Jr., Northglenn, Colo.) single season ground balls record with 42.

Hunter Thompson (So., Greenwood Village, Colo.) netted two goals. Thompson tacked on three ground balls and caused a turnover.

Sophomore Taylor Davis (Littleton, Colo.)  also fired in two goals and secured two ground balls. Davis potted 24 goals and handed out 13 assists for 37 points in 2017. 

Cody Bolen (Jr., Castle Rock, Colo.) led the Pack with two assists. Bolen racked up a career-best 29 points this season with 18 goals and 11 assists. 

After Adams State got on the board first, the Pack retaliated with goals from Thompson and Foerster. They would lead 2-1 after a defensive first period.

Matzek and Davis got in on the act in the second to put the Pack up 4-1. Thompson and Davis would each score again before halftime as the ThunderWolves held a 6-2 lead heading into the break. 

The Pack pushed their lead to five less than three minutes into the third quarter thanks to a Matzek goal. Adams State would trim the Pack's lead to three, 8-5, by the end of the third.

The Grizzlies would claw back within two just over a minute into the fourth quarter. CSU-Pueblo put away the game's next two goals to jump in front 10-6.  An Adams State goal would make it a three-goal game once more, but Matzek would find the back of the net again to close out the Grizzlies 11-7. 

Nick Richards (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) earned the win with 10 saves on 17 shots. He finished the season with a 5-6 record.

In the program's third year, CSU-Pueblo set a school-record with six wins in 2017. With no seniors on their roster, the ThunderWolves will likely return all players from this year's squad.

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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.