Women’s Lacrosse earns IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad nod, six named D-II Honor Roll

Women’s Lacrosse earns IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad nod, six named D-II Honor Roll

PUEBLO, Colo. (July 24, 2018) – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association named Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Lacrosse a 2018  Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad.  Six ThunderWolves also earned a spot on the 2018 Zag Sports D- II Academic Honor Roll.

To qualify for this prestigious honor, a women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. The Pack achieved a 3.203 GPA. CSU-Pueblo was one of just 64 D-II schools to accomplish a 3.0 team GPA. In total, 339 teams were named Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad. 

Allie Butler, Abbey Cira, Sami LaBella, Rachael Welzin, Taylor Wertz, and Allison Wurscher were all named to the D-II Academic Honor Roll. In order to receive this award, a student-athlete must achieve a cumulative 3.50 GPA and be a junior, senior, or graduate student.

Butler (Jr., Mission Viejo, Calif.) holds a 3.667 GPA while majoring in mass communications. She scored three goals and added two assists in nine games in 2018.

Cira (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) adds another academic honor to her collection. She is a six-time member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's All-Academic Honor Roll. Cira achieved a 3.528 GPA while majoring in psychology.

LaBella (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.) led Pack upperclassmen with a 3.861 GPA. She is majoring in engineering. LaBella played in all 15 Pack games. The junior averaged 1.3 caused turnovers per game and secured 29 ground balls in 2018.

A four-year captain, Welzin (Sr., Farmington, Minn.) earned First Team All-RMAC honors in 2018. She set a career-high with 55 ground balls and 3.7 ground balls per game. Welzin set a school–record with 45 caused turnovers. The senior accomplished a 3.624 GPA while majoring in exercise science human performance & recreation with an emphasis in teacher prep (K-12).

Wertz (Sr., Lamar, Colo.) finished her Pack career as a six-time member of the RMAC's All-Academic Honor Roll. She achieved a 3.683 GPA as she pursued her degree in exercise science human performance & recreation with an emphasis in teacher prep (K-12). Wertz played in13 games and collected 13 ground balls in her senior season.

Wurscher (Jr., Tigard, Ore.) leads the Pack in career assists with 51 helpers. She has a 3.821 GPA and is majoring in nursing. Wurscher had a team-high 15 assists in 2018. She has 119 career points with 68 goals including 12 goals as a junior.

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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