PUEBLO, Colo. (March 14, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Lacrosse found the back of the net early and often Wednesday when they crushed St. Ambrose University 22-6 at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
The 22-goal outburst was the second-most by the Pack in program history, two goals shy of the school record of 24 set last year.
Michael DeMaio (Fr., Ann Arundel, Md.) set a school record with 11 ground balls. DeMaio also matched a program-record with five caused turnovers. The LSM also got involved in the offense. DeMaio scored his first career goal and dished out an assist.
Taylor Davis (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) fired in a team-high four goals. Davis also dished out two assists. Davis found two ground balls and caused turnovers
Senior Blake Foerster (Centennial, Colo.) led the Pack with seven points. Foerster handed out four assists. The attackman earned his fourth hat trick in five games this season. Foerster also caused a turnover and found a ground ball.
Preston DeHerrera (Sr., Northglenn, Colo.) collected six ground balls. DeHerrera forced three turnovers. The defenseman launched in his second career goal and tallied his fourth career assist. Fellow senior Wes Taylor (Verona, Wisc.) added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Anthony Ferrie (Jr., Littleton, Colo.) also picked up his fourth hat trick of the season. Ferrie finished with six points on three goal and three assists.
Tommy Vassallo (Jr., Sarasota, Fla.) netted his first career hat trick. Vassallo's three strikes came on only three shots.
Devin Thrower (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) tossed in two goals. Thrower caused turnovers and secured three ground balls.
Freshmen Dante Buck (Farmington, Minn.) and Tyler Reed (Sacramento, Calif.) each scored their first career goals. Jacob Carter (Fr., Plano, Texas), Caleb Johnson (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) and KC Scott (So., Windsor, Colo.) all scored for the Pack.
The Fighting Bees actually took the lead early, scoring the game's first goal just 38 seconds into the game. They would keep pace with the Pack and eventually tie the game 3-3 with 10:07 left in the first quarter.
With the game tied, Pack Head Coach Sean Blair called a time out. After the timeout, the Pack came out on fire. They scored 16 consecutive goals to bury the Fighting Bees.
CSU-Pueblo led 8-3 after one and 17-3 at halftime. By the time the Bees finally got on the board again, the Pack led 19-3. The ThunderWolves held the Fighting Bees scoreless for 35 consecutive minutes of game time. The Pack would coast to a 22-6 victory.
Colton Rasmussen (Fr., Great Falls, Mont.) earned the win in his first collegiate start. Rasmussen stopped 10 of the 16 shots he faced for a 62.5 percent save percentage.
The ThunderWolves will travel to Missouri to face Lindenwood University Tuesday March 20, CSU-Pueblo and the Lions will faceoff at 4 p.m.
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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