No. 5 Panthers claw Pack 23-10

No. 5 Panthers claw Pack 23-10

MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 30, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse fell to No. 5 Florida Institute of Technology 23-10 Friday night at Panther Stadium.

The ThunderWolves now sit 1-7 with an 0-5 mark in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Florida Tech improved to 10-1.

Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) totaled three points. The co-captain delivered two goals and an assist. Neumann filled the stat sheet with three ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Freshman Olivia Tener  (Boise, Idaho) also had three points. Like, Neumann, Tener tossed in two goals and added an assist. She came up with two draw controls.

Ali Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.) fired in two goals. Her fellow Oregonian Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) also accumulated two points with a goal and an assist.

Defensively, Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) led the Pack with four caused turnovers. Welzin also secured four ground balls.

Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) made 22 saves. Horton was peppered with 45 shots on goal. The Pack netminder also led the team with five ground balls.

Florida Tech found the back of the net first. The Pack answered quickly when Doyle put in a feed from Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)  to tie the game at one.

The Panthers would score the game's next three goals and five of the next six to open up a 6-2 lead. CSU-Pueblo got three goals in a row as Tener, Emily Eller (Fr., Keller, Texas) and Neumann scored to bring the Pack back within one.

CSU-Pueblo answered a Panther goal with a strike of their own. Doyle netted her second of the game to make it 7-6 with 14:21 left in the first. The Panthers rattled off a 5-0 run to open a 12-6 lead. The Panthers would carry a 16-8 advantage into the break. Wurscher rifled in a buzzer-beater with three seconds left in the half.

Elyse Ingram (So., San Jose, Calif.) netted the first goal of the second half. After two Florida Tech goals, Tener put in the Pack's last goal of the game, closing the gap to18-10.

The Panthers ended the game on a 5-0 run as they cruised to a 23-10 win. Horton made 13 saves in the second half. The Panthers had a 3-1 advantage on shots on goals.

CSU-Pueblo will wrap up its five-game road trip Saturday when they play No. 17 University of Tampa at 11 a.m. The ThunderWolves return home Sunday April 8 when they play Adams State University at 2 p.m.

– 30 –

As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics