Defense on display in CSU-Pueblo MLAX's 1st international outdoor game

Defense on display in CSU-Pueblo MLAX's 1st international outdoor game

PUEBLO,  Colo. (September 24,2017) Even a two-and-a-half -hour delay could not keep the fans away from Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium as Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse hosted the University of Tokyo in the first international outdoor competition to ever be held on CSU-Pueblo's campus. In a defensive struggle, the Blue Bullets topped of the Pack 6-4. 

The ThunderWolves started the scoring just 3:23 into the contest. Weston Bartgis (Jr., El Cajon, Calif.) ripped in the first goal of the exhibition to give the Pack an early lead. However, the Blue Bullets answered seven minutes later to get on the board. They followed it up with a strike in the final minute of the quarter to take a 2-1 lead. 

Normally, a defender, Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) suited up at attack for the first time in his career. Early in the second quarter Ferrie found the back of the net for the first goal of his collegiate career to tie the game at two.

In the final minute of the half, the Blue Bullets reclaimed the lead, going up 3-2. Just 30 seconds later, the Pack retaliated. Blake Foerster (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) lit the lamp with five seconds left on the clock to send the game into halftime tied at three. 

Foerster fired in his second goal of the game to put the Pack up 4-3. With a minute left in the third quarter, the Blue Bullets came back with a goal to tie the game at four heading into the fourth quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, the Blue Bullets put in the only two goals of the quarter to pull away with a 6-4 win. The ThunderWolves had 10 total penalties including six in the second half. 

This historic event will stand as the first international exhibition on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The Pack will look to improve on their 6-6 record when they begin their 2018 season next spring.


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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.