ThunderWolves soar past Skyhawks in season opener

ThunderWolves soar past Skyhawks in season opener

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 24, 2018) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse started its season in impressive fashion defeating Fort Lewis College 14-11 in the Pack's home opener at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Saturday.

For the Pack this is their first win over the Skyhawks in program history. It also marks their first 1-0 start in the team's four-year history. Fort Lewis fell to 0-2.

Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) matched her career-high with four goals. Three of her four strikes came in the second half.

Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) each scored a hat trick with three goals. Christensen also snagged a team-high five ground balls and caused three turnovers. Neumann had two ground balls and one caused turnover. Both Christensen and Neumann secured two draw controls.

Freshman Olivia Tener made an impactful debut on the defensive end. Tener caused three turnovers.  She also collected four ground balls and four draw controls. Tener earned the first point of her career with an assist.  

Alee Barrera (Fr., Palatine, Ill.) picked up a win in her Pack debut. Starting in goal, Barrera stopped 50 percent of the shots she faced, turning away 11-of-22 Skyhawks attempts.  

Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.)led the Pack with two assists. She scored a goal to finish with three points on the day.

With the score tied at 2-2, the Pack unleashed a six-goal run that gave them an 8-2 advantage. Neumann scored three goals in this 6-0 blitz. Wurscher, Elyse Ingram (So., San Jose, Calif.), and, Allie Butler (Jr.,  Mission Viejo, Calif.) all  fired in goals during this run as well.

After tying the game at two, it would take the Skyhawks almost 20 minutes to score again. They found the net with 2:47 left to make it 8-3 Pack heading into the break.

The Skyhawks rallied in the second half, using a 7-2 run to tie the game at 10 midway through the second half. CSU-Pueblo would not let the visitors regain the lead. The Pack embarked on a four-goal run to pull away with a 14-11 run. Zierden potted two of her four goals during this decisive run. Christensen and Ali Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.) both scored in this run.

CSU-Pueblo went 5-of-9 on free position shots. Barrera and the Pack stopped Fort Lewis on 5 of their 6 free position attempts.

The ThunderWolves will look to make it two in a row Wednesday when they host University of Virginia-Wise. This clash between the Pack and the Cavaliers starts at 3 p.m. at Art & Lorraine Gonzales 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.