Second half rally comes up short for Pack WLAX

Second half rally comes up short for Pack WLAX

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (March 25, 2018) A second half surge could not vault Colorado State University-Pueblo past No. 22 Colorado Mesa University as the Pack lost to the Mavericks 15-8 Sunday at Walker Field.  

The ThunderWolves dropped to 1-6 and are 0-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Colorado Mesa improved to 6-1 (3-1 RMAC).

Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) led the Pack with three goals. Wurscher's three goals set a season-high. She now has six goals on the season.

Sami LaBella (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.) set a season high with five ground balls. LaBella also caused a turnover.

Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) and Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) each scored two goals. Christensen had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. She also controlled three draws. Zierden did not commit a turnover.

Senior Leah Neumann (Naperville, Ill.) had a goal and an assist. Neumann collected a team-high six draw controls. She added four ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) followed up her record-setting performance Friday with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.  

The Pack got on the board first as Zierden fired in a free position goal to give the ThunderWolves the lead. Ten seconds later, the Mavericks tied the game. They would score two more before Neumann potted a goal to bring the Pack back within one.

The Mavericks unleashed an 8-0 run to take an 11-2 lead into the half. They would keep the Pack scoreless for the final 19:18 of the first half.

CSU-Pueblo retaliated in the second half. The ThunderWolves scored the first six goals of the second half to climb back within three. The Pack kept the Mavericks off the scoreboard for the first 25 minutes of the second half.

Despite their strong showing in the second half, the Pack could not complete the comeback. The Mavericks would score the game's final four goals to take a 15-8 win.

The Pack's five-game road trip continues Friday March 30 when they journey to the Sunshine State to meet Florida Institute of Technology at 5 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