PUEBLO, Colo. (February 17, 2017) – After a four-win improvement in 2016, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will look to take another step forward in 2017. The ThunderWolves will start the season Saturday when they hit the road to face off with No. 17 Regis University at 1 p.m.
Head Coach Monica Potter's team returns 10 starters form a team that went 8-8 in 2016. The ThunderWolves posted a 3-4 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games, missing their first postseason berth by one game.
Among the Pack's returners are Preseason All-RMAC selections Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Rachael Welzin (So., Farmington, Minn.). This duo became the first pair of Preseason All-RMAC honorees in school history.
Christensen 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 (3.94).
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. She earned three RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Awards.
Welzin ranked fifth in the RMAC with 2.80 ground balls per game, setting a new career-high. The third year captain caused 1.60 turnovers per game, seventh best in the RMAC.
CSU-Pueblo also returns its top goal scorer and top point earner from last season. Allison Wurscher (So., Tigard, Ore.) totaled a team record 53 points. Wurscher also set a team record with 20 assists and seven goals in a single game, when she scored seven times against Adams State University.
Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) fired in 39 goals in 2016, which set a school record. She totaled 44 points, controlled 43 draws, and grabbed 25 ground balls.
Though the Pack and the Rangers both compete in the RMAC, Saturday's contest will not count towards the conference standings. The ThunderWolves will open RMAC play when they host Fort Lewis College Thursday March 9 at 5 p.m. in their home opener at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse 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.