First half turnovers haunt Pack Women’s Lacrosse

First half turnovers haunt Pack Women’s Lacrosse

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 12, 2017) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse could not overcome a sloppy first half as they fell to Colorado Mesa University 20-9 Sunday at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium.

The Pack turned it over 16 times in the first half alone as they dropped to 0-3 in 2017. They have a 0-2 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Mavericks improved to 3-1 with a 2-1 RMAC record. They outshot the Pack 22-7 in the first half.

Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) netted four goals for the Pack. She picked up a hat trick for the second consecutive game. Two of Zierden's goals came on free position shots. Zierden leads the Pack with nine goals this season.

Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) rocketed in a pair goals for the Pack. Christensen controlled five draws. The Preseason All-RMAC Selection also forced two turnovers and came up with two ground balls.

Elyse Ingram (Fr., San Jose, calif.) had two points with a goal and an assist. Ingram's goal was the first of college career. She also controlled four draws for the Pack.

Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.)  and Sami LaBella (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) each had a gaol as well.

Defensively, freshman Britney Smith (Oregon City, Ore.) made an impact with two caused turnovers. Smith also seized two grounders. Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas) also forced two turnovers and picked up a pair of grounders.

The Pack jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Zierden free position goal. Zierden's goal came less than three minutes into the game.

CSU-Pueblo and goaltender Hope Lambert (Fr., Pueblo West, Colo.) kept the Mavericks scoreless for almost 14 minutes before they got their first goal. However, when the Mavericks scored, it came in bunches as they struck three times in less than 90 seconds to jump in front 3-1.

Ingram won a draw and raced down the field to launch in her first goal in a Pack uniform to bring the ThunderWolves back within one. The two teams would trade goals as the Pack trailed 4-3 following Zierden's goal with an assist from Rachael Welzin (Jr., Farmington, Minn.).

After Wurscher's goal, the flood gates would open as the Mavericks went an 8-0 run to end the half.  They scored eight goals in the final 10 minutes to go up 12-3 at the break.

Colorado Mesa pushed its goal streak to nine early in the second half. They would eventually go up 17-5. Down 12, the Pack would not quit as they rattled off four-consecutive goals to close within eight. Mesa scored the final three goals of the game to put away the Pack 20-9.

Lambert took the loss for the Pack in just her second game in the cage. The converted midfielder made five saves, four of which came in the first half.

The Pack will begin a six-game road trip a week from Monday when the visit McKendree University March 20 at 3 p.m. They will return to Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Sunday April 9 to play Adams State University at 12 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.