Hot goaltending cools ThunderWolves

Hot goaltending cools ThunderWolves

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 28, 2018) –  Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse suffered its first loss of 2018 as the Pack fell to University of Virginia-Wise 16-12 at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium Wednesday.

The ThunderWolves outshot the Cavaliers 40-30 with a 33-22 advantage in shots on goal.  They enjoyed a 20-9 edge in draw controls. However, UVA-Wise goaltender, Melanie Reilly stopped 21 shots for an incredible 63.6 save percentage.

Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) filled the stat sheet. Christensen fired in two goals. She collected six ground balls, controlled eight draws, and caused three turnovers.

Fellow captain, Leah Neumann (Sr., Napeville, Ill.) netted her second hat trick of the season with another three goals. Neumann had six draw controls. 

Maxine Bartholomew (Sr., Elk Grove, Calif.) scored her first three goals of the season. Bartholomew finished with two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) facilitated the Pack's offense with three assists.  Wurscher has five assists on the season. She scored her second goal of the year for a team-high four points.

Co-captain, Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) anchored the Pack's defense. Welzin came up with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. She did not commit a turnover.

Senior Taylor Wertz (Lamar, Colo.) found three ground balls. Wertz added a caused turnover.

Freshmen, Emily Brewer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Kennedi Cantrell (Long Beach, Calif.) each scored their first collegiate goal.  Cantrell's goal beat the final buzzer, coming with less than a second left in the game.

The Cavaliers began the game on a 6-0 run that would be the difference in the game. Christensen scored the Pack's first goal midway through the first half to end the drought.  They went on a 4-2 run to cut the Cavaliers lead to 8-4 at the half.

In the second half, the Pack kept the pace with the Cavaliers. However, they would never get any closer than four as UVA-Wise used its 6-0 run to start the game to close out a 16-12 win.

The Pack's season opening four-game homestand continues Thursday March 8 when Rockhurst University pays CSU-Pueblo a visit. The opening draw between the ThunderWolves and Hawks is scheduled for 6 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