PUEBLO, Colo. (February 23, 2018) – For the first time in 2018, Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will take the field for a game when they host Fort Lewis College Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium in the home/ regular season opener.
Saturday's season opener will also be Youth Day with the Pack. All kids 18 & under wearing a team jersey will receive free admission to both the Pack Women's and Men's lacrosse games. The Men's team will be signing autographs during halftime of the women's game. CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will sign autographs immediately following their game. The men's lacrosse game vs. Colorado College will start at 2 p.m.
After missing out on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament by one game in each of their last two seasons, CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will look to make its first postseason appearance this year. This season will also feature the first senior class in program history. Six seniors will be a part of Head Coach Monica Potter's inaugural graduating class.
Among this group of seniors is Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) who received Preseason All-RMAC honors. Welzin earned a Second Team All-RMAC nod last season. In 2017, Welzin set a career-high with 43 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. She will be a team captain for the fourth consecutive season.
Fellow senior captain Leah Neumann (Naperville, Ill.) is expected to lead the charge offensively for the Pack. An Honorable Mention All-RMAC selection in 2017, Neumann led the Pack with 37 goals and 49 points last season. She set a program record with 63 draw controls.
Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) also garnered a Honorable Mention All-RMAC recognition last season. Zierden scored a career-high 32 goals. She received her first RMAC Player of the Week Award March 13, 2017.
Junior Taylor Christensen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will also serve as a team captain for the first time in her career. Christensen received Honorable Mention All-RMAC as a freshman in 2016. She scored a career-high 28 goals last season.
Like Christensen, Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) was an Honorable Mention All-RMAC selection as a freshman. She holds the program record with 36 assists.
In total, nine starters return for the Pack. Eight freshman will make their CSU-Pueblo debuts this season.
Last year, the Pack and Skyhawks battled into overtime in their early season game at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium. The Skyhawks would pull out the win 10-9 in overtime, March 9, 2017. Zierden scored three goals in the game.
The Pack was picked to finish seventh in the preseason RMAC coaches poll. This seventh place mirrors their finish in 2017 when they went 3-6 in conference and 5-10 overall.
General admission tickets for adults and youth not wearing a jersey cost $5. Fans can also purchase an All-Sport Pass for $50 granting them access to all Pack games except Basketball and Football events.
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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