ThunderWolves fall to No. 8 Rangers

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Feb. 20, 2019) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's lacrosse team fell 15-5 to No. 8 Regis University Wednesday in a nonconference game in Commerce City, Colorado.

The ThunderWolves (0-2) won the first 25 minutes of the game 5-4, but failed to find the back of the net in the second half to suffer their second loss to a nationally-ranked opponent this season. The Pack totaled 16 ground balls and were 16-for-20 (80%) on clear attempts. RU caused 20 CSU-Pueblo turnovers and totaled 28 shots on goal to the ThunderWolves' 13.

Junior Elyse Ingram (M, San Jose, Calif.) produced her second two-goal game to lead the Pack offense. She added two caused turnovers and one ground ball.

Senior Taylor Christensen (M, Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored her first goal of the season and led the team with six draw controls. She also had a caused turnover.

Junior Britney Smith (D, Oregon City, Oregon) led the team with three ground balls and had one caused turnover. Senior goaltender Ane Marie Horton (Long Beach, Calif.) finished with 13 saves.

A Regis free position goal started the scoring two minutes into the contest, but a player-up goal by junior Ali Doyle (A, Portland, Ore.) at 25:05 knotted the game 1-1. The Rangers responded with a goal at 21:46, but the next five minutes was all CSU-Pueblo. Ingram tallied her first of the day at 21:23 on an assist from sophomore Olivia Tener (M, Boise, Idaho) to start a run of three straight goals by the Pack. Sophomore Emily Eller (A, Keller, Texas) scored her first of the season on a free position shot at 18:58, then Christensen got in on the scoring with a goal at 16:22.

After the run the Pack's lead was 4-2 midway through the first half. Regis came back and scored twice within about three minutes and the contest was tied 4-4 until Ingram netted her second of the game and fourth of the early season with 5:14 remaining in the frame. Unfortunately, the goal would be the last the ThunderWolves would put on the board the rest of the way.

Regis scored four in the final four minutes of the first half to open an 8-5 lead at the break, then a 7-0 second half in favor of the Rangers handed the top 10 team the 15-5 victory.

The Pack now have about two weeks to prepare for their home opener, set for March 7 against Concordia-St. Paul beginning at 4 p.m. at the Art and Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.