COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2018) – Rachael Welzin of the Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse team earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in the RMAC's final weekly release of the season Monday.
With a large crowd of family and friends cheering her on, Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) averaged 3.5 ground balls and 3.5 caused turnovers per game. She did not commit a turnover on her senior weekend.
Welzin celebrated her senior night with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Her efforts led the Pack to a 16-10 win over University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In her final career game, Welzin caused four turnovers and came up with three ground balls against No. 11 Regis University. Her four caused turnovers tie her for the most surrendered by the Rangers to a single student-athlete this season.
The senior set a school record in 2018 with 45 caused turnovers. Her 45 caused turnovers are 16 more than the previous school record. Welzin also had a career-high 55 ground balls, second most in school history. She has committed just 12 turnovers in 2018.
Welzin ranks third in D-II with 3.0 caused turnovers per game. Her 3.67 ground balls per game are tied for fourth most in the RMAC. She ranks 21st in D-II in ground balls per game.
On March 23, Welzin set a school record with six caused turnovers at Westminster College. Welzin will graduate as the school's all-time leader with 123 caused turnovers. Her 182 career ground balls are also a program record.
Welzin becomes the Pack's second RMAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. Ane Marie Horton (R-So., Long beach, Calif.) earned this award just one week earlier. This is Welzin's second career RMAC Defensive Player of the Week award.
Academically, Welzin is a three-time member of the RMAC's All-Academic Honor Roll. She was named Second Team All-RMAC in 2017and Honorable Mention All-RMAC in 2016.
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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