Slow start denies Pack WLAX a win over McKendree

Slow start denies Pack WLAX a win over McKendree

LEBANON, Ill. (March 20, 2017) First half woes continued to haunt Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse as they fell to McKendree University 19-12 Monday in the first game of their six-game road trip.

The ThunderWolves surrendered double-digit goals in first half for the third time this season as they slipped to 0-4. The Bearcats improved to 4-3.

After earning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, Alix Zierden (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) kept her hot streak going with four goals. Zierden now has four goals in back-to-back games and has at least three points in every game this season.

Leah Neumann (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) returned to her home state with two goals. Neumann also controlled a season-high five draws. The Pack's Co-captain added a ground ball and a caused turnover.

Freshman Elyse Ingram (San Jose, Calif.) netted the first two-goal game of her career. Ingram scored on her only two shots of the game. She also contributed two ground ball pick-ups and two caused turnovers.

Allison Wurscher (So., Tigard, Ore.) fired in a pair of goals for the Pack. Allie Butler (So., Mission Viejo, Calif.) added a goal and her first Pack assist. Ali Doyle (Fr., Portland, Ore.) added her second career assist.

Taylor Christensen (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) put in her sixth goal of the season. Christensen has scored in all four Pack games this season. She filled the stat sheet with three ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover.

Daniella Calvo (Jr., Spring, Texas) and Sami LaBella (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) each forced two turnovers. Both Calvo and LaBella secured two ground balls.

The Bearcats got the first goals of the game just 11 seconds apart. Zierden answered with a goal to cut the McKendree lead in half.

Following Zierden's goal, the Bearcats went on a 5-0 run to take a 7-1 lead. Neumann scored to end the Bearcats five-goal stretch.

With a 7-2 lead, McKendree fired back with a 7-0 run that put the game out of reach as the Bearcats jumped in front 14-2. Zierden found the back of the net once more before intermission to make it 14-3 at halftime.

Though the Pack outscored the Bearcats 9-5 in the second half, it would not be enough as the Bearcats prevailed 19-12. McKendree benefitted from 10 first half turnovers from CSU-Pueblo. The Pack succeeded on 12-of-13 clear attempts

Playing goal for the first game of her career, April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) made seven saves on 26 shots in a losing effort. Amy Porta earned the win for McKendree making eight saves on 20 shots.

The Pack will try to get in the win column Wednesday when they face Oklahoma Baptist University at 3 p.m. in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game. CSU-Pueblo defeated the Bison 17-2 last season.

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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.