COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 8, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse begins its third season picked to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coaches Poll released Wednesday. Taylor Christensen and Rachael Welzin became the first Pack women's lacrosse players to ever be selected Preseason All-RMAC.
The fifth ranking mirrors the Pack's finish in the 2016 season. CSU-Pueblo ended their second season at 8-8, a four win improvement from their inaugural campaign. Head Coach Monica Potter's team returns 10 starters from a team that missed the RMAC Tournament by one game.
Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) was dominant defensively as a freshman, earning Honorable Mention All-RMAC accolades. She was the only player ranked in the RMAC's top five in each of the three major defensive categories. Christensen led the RMAC and ranked fifth in the nation in ground balls per game, picking up 3.94 ground balls per contest.
The midfielder led the Pack with 1.75 caused turnovers per game, fourth most in the RMAC. Her 3.31 draw controls per game also topped CSU-Pueblo and placed her fifth on the conference leaderboard.
Christensen received three RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Awards, the most weekly awards of any player in the conference. She set school records with 63 ground balls and 53 draw controls. Offensively, she added 17 goals and seven assists.
Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) was named the Pack's captain for the third consecutive season. She also earned Honorable Mention All-RMAC honors in 2016. Academically, Welzin shined, earning a spot on the RMAC All-Academic honor roll.
A defensive captain, Welzin ranked fifth in the RMAC with 2.80 ground balls per game, setting a new career-high. Welzin caused 1.60 turnovers per game, seventh best in the RMAC. As a sophomore, Welzin controlled 24 draws. In the attacking end, Welzin delivered four goals and an assist.
The Pack will try to navigate the 10 team RMAC field and earn their first postseason berth. CSU-Pueblo's 2017 season begins Saturday Feb. 18 with a road game at No. 17 Regis University. The ThunderWolves will make their home debut Friday March 10 when they host Fort Lewis College.
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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