PUEBLO, Colo. (February 23, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse will start their 2018 regular season Saturday Feb. 24 when they host Colorado College at 2 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium.
Saturday's season opener will also be Youth Day with the Pack. All kids 18 & under wearing a team jersey will receive free admission to both the Pack Women's and Men's lacrosse games. The Men's team will be signing autographs during halftime of the women's game. CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will sign autographs immediately following their game starting at 11 a.m.
The Pack will look to build on a historic 2017 season, when they went 6-6 to finish .500 for the first time in program history. CSU-Pueblo also won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in 2017.
Despite the marked improvement shown by the Pack in 2017, they are still seeking their first RMAC Tournament bid this season. They posted a 4-6 RMAC record, but missed the postseason due to tiebreakers a year ago.
Led by Preseason All-RMAC selection Blake Foerster (Sr., Centennial, Colo.), the Pack was picked to finish fourth in the RMAC. Foerster received First Team All-RMAC honors a year ago.
In 2017, Foerster shattered the Pack's offensive records with 34 goals, 19 assists, and 53 points. The Attackman finished 11th in D-II in points per game (4.42) and 16th in goals per game (2.83)
Devin Thrower (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) returns after earning Second Team All-RMAC honors in 2017. Thrower snagged 32 ground balls in his freshman season.
The Pack also returns three Honorable Mention All-RMAC selections from their 2017 team, Weston Bartgis (Jr., El Cajon, Calif.), Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) and Nick Richards (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.). Bartgis scored 19 goals.
Ferrie caused a program record 22 turnovers and tied a program record with 42 ground balls. He ranked fifth in the RMAC with 3.50 ground balls per game.
Richards returns to the net where he earned five wins. He had a 47.0 save percentage.
The Pack's first four-year senior class includes Preston DeHerrera (Northglenn, Colo.), and Caleb Johnson (Castel Rock, Colo.) DeHerrera ranked seventh in the RMAC with 3.0 ground balls per game. Johnson ranked eighth with 2.92 ground balls per game.
General admission tickets for adults and youth not wearing a jersey cost $5. Fans can also purchase an All-Sport Pass for $50 granting them access to all Pack games except Basketball and Football events.
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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