ThunderWolves faces Skyhawks in pivotal home opener

ThunderWolves faces Skyhawks in pivotal home opener

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 8, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will take the field at home for the first time in 2017 when they battle Fort Lewis College in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference showdown Thursday March 9, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium.

Thursday's game will be the RMAC opener for both teams.  Even though it is just the first conference contest for both teams, this game could go a long way to determining which team could earn a spot in the RMAC Tournament. These two teams met late in the regular season last year with a RMAC Tournament spot on the line. Fort Lewis won that game 15-8 in Durango, Colo. to claim the fourth and final spot in the RMAC playoffs, while the Pack took fifth.

However, 2017 is a new season and CSU-Pueblo returns 11 starters from their meeting with the Skyhawks in April, 2016. Fort Lewis, on the other hand, returns just four starters from their team that beat the Pack a season ago. Only one of those returning players scored in their most recent meeting with the ThunderWolves.

Both teams will also be seeking their first win of 2017. The Pack dropped its season opener Feb. 18 at No. 17 Regis University. Fort Lewis fell in both games of its Florida trip, losing to St. Leo University, 12-7, Sunday, and being defeated by No. 5 Florida Southern University, 20-10, Monday.

Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk Ridge, Minn.) led the Pack with three points in their season debut. Zierden fired in two goals and added an assist. Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas), and Zierden both caused a team-best three turnovers.

Sami LaBella (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) and Leah Neumannn (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) both put in a pair of goals in the season opener. Allison Wurscher (So., Tigard, Ore.) tallied two assists in the Pack's game with the Regis.

Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) corralled a team-best three ground balls. Christensen also led the Pack with four draw controls. Christensen and Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) were both named Preseason All-RMAC.

The Pack went 6-5 at home last season. CSU-Pueblo will look to improve on its 3-4 RMAC record from last season starting Thursday night.

Originally scheduled for Friday, the Pack's clash with the Skyhawks was moved to Thursday at 5 p.m. due to Friday's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

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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.