PUEBLO, Colo. (March 8, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse scored the final three goals, but Rockhurst University ruined the Pack's rally attempt and escaped Art & Lorraine Gonzales Lacrosse Stadium with an 11-10 win Thursday.
Thursday's game was the pack's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener, giving the Pack a 0-1 RMAC record and a 1-2 mark overall. The Hawks improved to 5-2 (2-1 RMAC).
Britney Smith (So., Oregon City, Ore.) set career-highs with five ground balls. Smith also established a new career high with five caused turnovers.
Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) collected her second hat trick of the season. Zierden netted three goals on seven shots. She controlled four draws, picked up two ground balls and, and caused a turnover.
Co-captain, Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) led the Pack with four points. Neumann scored two goals and dished out two assists. She also had a team-best five draw controls.
Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) snagged a team-high six ground balls. A co-captain, Christensen scored twice in the loss. She also caused three turnovers and ended up with three draw controls.
Fellow captain Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) had three ground balls and added a caused turnover. Welzin did not commit a turnover for the second consecutive game.
Maxine Bartholomew (Sr., Elk Grove, Calif.) Ali Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.) and Olivia Tener (Fr., Boise, Idaho) each scored one goal for the Pack. Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) had her team-leading sixth assist of the season.
Defense dictated the pace in the first half. Each team only mustered three goals as the Pack and Hawks entered the break tied.
Rockhurst opened the second half on a 4-1 run to take a 7-4 lead. The Pack countered with three straight goals to tie the game at seven.
The Hawks put in the next four goals to jump in front 11-7. They held the Pack scoreless for 14 minutes during this run.
Tener finally ended the Hawks run and tilted momentum back in favor of CSU-Pueblo. The ThunderWolves scored two more times. Neumannn found the back of the net with exactly one minute left to put the Pack back within one. However, they could not complete the comeback as the Hawks held them off for an 11-10 victory,
Alee Barrera (Fr., Palatine, Ill.) made 10 saves on 21 shots, but took the loss to fall to 1-2. Leena Nabulsi got the win for the Hawks with nine saves on 19 shots.
The Pack will complete its season-opening four-game homestand Sunday when they face No. 3 Lindenwood University at 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