PUEBLO, Colo. (April 22, 2018) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse gave Colorado Mesa University all it could handle Sunday, but the Pack still wound up on the short end of a 17-13 final at Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.
Leah Neumann (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) scored three goals. With her three-goals, Neumann became second player in school history to reach 100 career goals, joining Alix Zierden. Neumann leads the Pack in all-time points with 133. Her 40 points this season lead the Pack. The senior finished with a team-high six draw controls and three ground balls.
Zierden (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) fired in four goals. Her 106 career goals are the most in school history.
Taylor Christensen (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) also netted a season-high four goals for the Pack. Christensen secured two ground balls and two caused turnovers. The junior had four draw controls.
Rachael Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) scored her first goal of the season. Normally a defender, Welzin still caused three turnovers to push single-season record to 38. She added two more ground balls.
Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long Beach, Calif.) made 19 saves on 36 shots. Horton finished the game with a .528 save percentage, but fell to 2-6 on the season.
Zierden gave the Pack the lead just 1:15 into the contest. After two Mesa goals, the Pack tied it when Christensen put in a feed from Emily Eller (Fr., Keller, Texas).
A three-goal Mesa run was answered with a 5-0 swing by the Pack to put them ahead 7-5. The second goal during this five-goal run was Neumann's historic 100th goal. The Mavericks would get three of the next four goals to send the game into the half tied at eight.
The Mavericks scored four of the first five goals of the second half to stake themselves to a 12-9 lead. With the Pack on its heels, Welzin drove the ball all the way down the field for a goal to turn the momentum back to the home team. Another Neumann goal made it a one-goal Maverick lead.
Colorado Mesa responded with a 4-0 run. They led 16-11. A woman-up goal from Kennedi Cantrell (Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) ended the Mavericks run. Each team would add one more goal as the Mavericks escaped with a 17-13 win.
The Pack fell to 3-10 overall. They are 2-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Mavericks improved to 10-3 (6-2 RMAC).
CSU-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse will celebrate its first senior night Friday when they host University of Colorado Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. The ThunderWolves will recognize the six student-athletes that make up their first senior class.
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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