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Colorado State University-Pueblo WOMEN'S LACROSSE FALL NEWSLETTER

With snow capped mountains in the background of campus, fall is coming to a close here at Colorado State University-Pueblo and we are eager to see what the rest of the academic year brings. As we work to keep you updated on our adventures we hope you enjoy our first newsletter of the year. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages for more content with what is happening in Thunder territory!

Sunrise over Art & Lorraine Gonzales Stadium

spring 2017 review

Some notable takeaways from the 2017 season...

In the program's third year, the ThunderWolves 2017 team was named an Academic Honor Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. To qualify for the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, a women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. Collectively, the ThunderWolves achieved a 3.37 GPA during the 2016-17.

To qualify for the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, members had to have a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater and be a junior, senior, or graduate student. For another program first, Daniella Calvo (Spring, TX), Shay Grega (Phoenix, AZ), Rachael Welzin (Farmington, MN) and Taylor Wertz (Lamar, CO) academically reached that junior status to qualify.

RMAC Academic Honor Roll.

The Pack placed a program-best eight student – athletes on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Academic Honor Roll. Abbey Cira (Pueblo, CO), Taylor Christensen (Colorado Springs, CO) Sami LaBella (Pleasanton, CA), and Allison Wurscher (Tigard, OR) all joined Calvo, Grega, Wurscher, and Welzin on the RMAC Honor Roll.

Spring of 2017 CSU-Pueblo Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

national recognition

Welzin obtained yet another program first by earning the IWLCA and Lax Sports Network Fast Break NCAA Division II National Defender of the Week. She leads the Pack all-time records in caused turnovers and ground balls going into her senior year.

THREE MEMBERS EARNED RMAC NODS FOR THE 2017 SEASON.

Leah scored a team-high 37 goals and led the Pack with 49 points. Neumann put 90.8 percent of her shots on goal. She also set a school record with 61 draw controls. At the conference level, Neumann finished sixth with 4.07 draw controls per game, 31st in D-II. Neumann's 2.47 goals per game, placed her seventh in the RMAC.
Alix scored a career-high 32 goals and added three assists last season. Her 35 points was also a career-high. She was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career on March 14.
The same week Rachael claimed IWLCA and Lax Sports Network DII POW, she earned an RMAC Defensive POW accolades with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.

fall 2017

#TeamTundra

The 2018 squad represents nine states! The diverse group has eight Californians, four Colorado natives, three from Oregon, Illinois, and two from Texas and Minnesota. Single players from Idaho, Missouri and Ohio fill out the roster.

"Last one, best one."-Allen hedrick

The soon to be graduates of 2018 are the program's first senior class.

"2018 will be their year to finish setting their mark in history. Their leadership and hunger is vital as we PURSUE our goals as a program." - Coach Monica Potter

From left to right: Leah Neumann (Naperville, IL), Abbey Cira (Pueblo West, CO), Rachael Welzin (Farmington, MN), Max Bartholomew (Elk Grove, CA), Alix Zierden (Elk River, MN) and Taylor Wertz (Lamar, CO).

"THESE YOUNG LADIES HAVE GROWN FROM QUIET FRESHMEN TO CONFIDENT SENIORS. NOT ONLY HAVE THEY PROGRESSED ATHLETICALLY, THEY HAVE BECOME STRONG FEMALE ROLE MODELS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. THE WORK EACH MEMBER OF THIS CLASS HAS DONE (AND is STILL DOING) DURING THEIR TIME HERE HAS HELPED MAKE THE TEAM WHAT IT IS TODAY; THEY HAVE SET THE BAR TREMENDOUSLY HIGH. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHERE THEIR FUTURE TAKES THEM." - COACH MONICA POTTER
Traditional Team bonding at Pueblo Reservoir in August.
The team after the Colorado College play day in October.

There was a strong emphasis this fall on the new rules. most noticeable changes viewers will see are free movement and a possession clock. No longer will athletes stop with a referee's whistle and A 90 second clock will run with each change of possession.

Sophomore Britney Smith (Oregon City, OR) geared up with our GoPro during practice to give a unique view of a fall practice.

Intense fog hit Southern Colorado during one morning of conditioning.
Coach Monica Potter and the squad during a fall morning practice.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Allen Hedrick talks the Pack through one of their first lifts of the fall.

With eyes set on an RMAC tournament appearance, conditioning and lifting immensely increased this non-championship season.

The Pack use dumbbell training to help make them as athletic and explosive as possible.
We took advantage of Thunder Hill to keep interval sprints interesting.
There's nothing quite like collegiate teammates to help one another through vigorous workouts.
Fall is suppose to be physically demanding and these ladies are always up for any challenge.

2018 captains

Senior, Leah Neumann

"From the day she stepped on the field here at CSU-Pueblo her teammates recognized her passion in her craft, her positivity and APPROACHABILITY. Leah is consistently PUSHING HERSELF FOR HER TEAMMATES by DOING MORE IN THE WEIGHT ROOM or on the field with emphasis on her footwork and detail in her shooting. i'm proud of her growth in being more of a vocal leader off the field." - Coach Monica Potter

Senior, Rachael Welzin

"better known as welzin by her teammates, she has commanded attention with her presence since the program started in 2014-15. welzin has always shown inspiring leadership with her passionate work ethic, communication and accountability. the demand in herself to work the hardest is infectious among her teammates to be their best." -Coach Monica POtter

Junior, Taylor Christensen

"Taylor has been a quiet but confident leader since her freshman year. From the start she has been relentless in her training. the authenticity, integrity and her "never give up attitude" will help her empower and drive results with her teammates." - Coach Monica Potter
Alumna Lea Ann Turner leads newcomers of the Pack in a time management session at the beginning of the academic year.

Introducing the class of 2021

Back row (left to right): Mackenzie Turner (Naperville, IL), Olivia Tener (Nampa, ID), Madison Cunningham (Corona, CA), Aleezandra Barrera (Palatine, IL), Emily Brewer (Fenton, MO) and Mia Ajiro (Santa Ana, CA). Front row: Kennedi Cantrell (Long Beach, CA) and Emily Eller (Keller, TX).
"This class is probably one of the goofiest I have ever coached... It took a little bit of adjusting to the level of intensity that the college game has but they have CONTINUALLY met program expectations. i am thrilled to have them a part of this program and cannot wait to see their growth and CONTRIBUTION to our pack on and off the field." - Coach Monica Potter

Charging into 2018

"We have a saying around here,'championships are won in the off-season.' Our Pack is working every opportunity they are given to get better." - Coach Monica Potter
"I HONESTLY CANnot WAIT FOR THIS Spring. NOT ONLY TO MAKE IT ONE OF THE BEST SEASONS WE HAVE HAD HERE AT CSU-P BUT ALSO TO SEND THE CLASS OF 2018 OFF ON A HIGH NOTE. Each year we have grown in one way or another and have molded a bond unlike any other program. i'm thrilled to have a SCHEDULE that will challenge different aspects of our team. i believe there's an electricity this fall to see our work that's getting done in the off-season come into play in a few months." - Coach Monica potter
We have had some amazing morning views on campus this fall.

How you can help our student-athletes succeed

2017-2018 fundraising letter.

The ThunderWolves Women's Lacrosse program is very grateful for the generous contributions CSU-Pueblo families and alumni have made to our program over the years. Donations are an essential part of our program! These allow us to provide opportunities for our student-athletes to travel, compete outside the RMAC, equipment, special gear and access to technology that benefits members on and off the field. We appreciate your support of our pursuit to develop distinguished student-athletes.

This Pack says,"THANK YOU, FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!"
Can you picture yourself here?

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