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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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
"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