ThunderWolves hang on for 9-8 win over Maryville

ThunderWolves hang on for 9-8 win over Maryville

PUEBLO, Colo.  (March 12, 2018) It was a tale of two halves for Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's lacrosse as the ThunderWolves held off Maryville University for a 9-8 victory.

The ThunderWolves led 8-3 at the half, but Maryville scored six unanswered goals to tie the game at 8-8 with 10:12 left in the fourth. With 5:59 left, Hunter Thompson (Sr., Greenwood Village, Colo.) broke the tie with his only goal of the game. The Saints had opportunities, but Nick Richards (Sr., Henderson, Nev.) and the Pack defense held strong to clinch the win for CSU-Pueblo.

Richards made 10 saves on 18 shots to preserve the Pack's win. Like the Pack, Richards evened up his record at 2-2.

Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) dished out five assists, including one on Thompson's game winning goal. The five assists matches a school record.

Taylor Davis (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) netted a hat trick.  Davis also handed out an assist. He now has an assist and at least two goals in every game so far this season. 

Defensively, Devin Thrower (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) caused a team-high five turnovers. He also snagged three ground balls. Thrower dished out an assist and was instrumental in the Pack's 17-of-26 success rate on clears.

Preston DeHerrera (Sr., Northglenn, Colo.) also snagged three ground balls. DeHerrera matched a career-high with four caused turnovers.

Caleb Johnson (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) led the Pack with six ground balls. Michael DeMaio (Fr., Ann Arundel, Mary.) had three ground balls and along with Johnson gave the Pack a 13-9 edge in faceoff wins.  

Blake Foerster (Sr., Centennial, Colo.) scored two goals. Jacob Carter (Fr., Plano, Texas) and Tommy Vassallo (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.) both scored their first career goals in the win. Trevor Boice (Jr., Stuart, Fla.) also fired in his first goal of the year.

Cole Pauley (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) and Tavian Watson (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) each snagged three ground balls. Watson also caused two turnovers.  

The Pack got off to a strong start with three goals in the first. Carter's first career goal got the Pack on the board. Davis followed with two of his own. Ferrie assisted on all three goals. Richards stopped both shots he faced to give the Pack a 3-0 lead after one.

CSU-Pueblo outscored the Saints 5-3 in the second. They led by as many as six, going up 8-2 with 1:51 left in the first half. The Pack held an 8-3 edge at the break.

The Saints turned the tide in the second half. They held the Pack scoreless in the third quarter and scored two goals of their own to close the gap to 8-5 heading into the final frame.

Maryville put in three consecutive goals in the first five minutes of the fourth to tie the game at eight. Thompson broke the tie with just less than six minutes left to make it 9-8. Even with a man-up opportunity in the final minute, the Saints would not get the equalizer as the Pack pulled off the win.

CSU-Pueblo will wrap up its three-game homestand Wednesday night when they face St. Ambrose University. The opening faceoff between the Pack and the Fighting Bees is set for 6 p.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

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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