Zierden scores 100th goal as Pack punishes Bison

Zierden scores 100th goal as Pack punishes Bison

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 14, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse triumphed over Oklahoma Baptist University 22-1 in a one sided showdown Saturday at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.

Alix Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) became the first 100-goal scorer in program history. Entering the game with 96 career goals, Zierden fired in four strikes to make school history. Zierden also secured three ground balls.

Allison Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) also made school history with a program-record six assists.  Wurscher became the first CSU-Pueblo student-athlete to reach 50 career assists. She had two goals to finish with a season-high eight points.

Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) finished with six points. Neumann netted two goals. She now has 98 career goals as Neumann and Zierden continue to battle for the school's career goals lead. The senior also passed out four assists.  Neumann controlled nine draws giving her 19 over her last two games.

Freshman, Emily Eller (Keller, Texas) scored a career-best four goals.  Eller's four goals came on just four shots. She also caused a turnover.

Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up her third hat trick of the season with three goals.  Christensen added two assists for a career-high 11 helpers on the season.  Defensively, Christensen collected three ground balls three caused turnovers, and three draw controls.

Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) had five caused turnovers for the second consecutive game. Welzin also had five ground balls.  She has at least three caused turnovers in each of her last six contests.

Ali Doyle (So., Portland, Ore.)  earned her third hat trick of the season. Maxine Bartholomew (Sr., Elk Grove, Calif.) scored two goals and two assists. Bartholomew had two ground balls and caused a turnover.

Elyse Ingram (So., San Jose, Calif.) had a goal and assist. She also secured four ground balls.  Kennedi Cantrell (Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) completed the score with a goal with four minutes left in the game.

Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) made three save on four shots to earn the win. Horton improved to 2-3 on the season. Alee Barrera (Fr., Palatine, Ill.) stopped all three shots she faced in the second half.

The Pack wasted no time getting on the scoreboard just 1:12 into the game when Doyle put in a Wurscher assist. The ThunderWolves would score the first 14 goals of the game.

Oklahoma Baptist got their only goal of the game with two minutes left in the first. Doyle would answer she potted another Wurscher feed to make it 15-1 at the half.

Zierden recorded her historic 100th goal on a free position shot with 18:11 left in the second half. CSU-Pueblo would score five more goals after Zierden's 100th career goal to cruise to a 22-1 win.

The Pack has outscored their last two opponents 46-2 during their two-game homestand. They now stand 3-8 overall with a 2-5 record in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. Oklahoma Baptist slipped to 4-9 (0-7 RMAC).

The ThunderWolves will now set their sights on a rematch with Adams State University Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Alamosa, Colo. CSU-Pueblo defeated Adams State 24-1 on April 8.

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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