Jan. 20, 2013
Michigan Kick-Off Tournament Central
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Rams again fell victim to top competition and a short bench Sunday afternoon, dropping two contests in the second day of the Michigan Kick-Off. While CSU was unable to bring home a win, coach Mike Moody said that his team was able to gain valuable experience for the remainder of the season.
“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough battle,” Moody said. “In the end of the day, it’s a difficult tournament. We played better in this tournament this year than we did last year, which I think will show that we’re making strides in the right direction.”
Facing No. 3 UCLA (4-0) in the morning game, CSU (0-4) trailed by just two, 6-4, at halftime.
“The girls played a great first half,” Moody said. “We were right there with the No. 3 team in the country.”
However, the Bruins scored three times in the third period and five times in the fourth to claim a 14-6 victory. Against ninth-ranked San Jose State (3-1), the Rams fell behind early, allowing five goals in each of the first two periods, before dropping the contest, 16-8.
“We ran out of gas,” Moody said. “Again, the depth of our bench is just not there.”
Sophomore Kelcy Barott, who led all scorers with four goals against Michigan on Saturday, again carried the offense, totaling two goals against the Bruins and a hat trick against the Spartans. Freshman Ariel Arcidiacono tallied three goals on Sunday, as did Stephanie Weed. Shelby Schaefer (two goals) and Caroline Young (one) also scored.
“I’m telling you, Kelcy is not playing like a sophomore,” Moody said. “She played phenomenally all weekend. Defenders were changing things up on her trying to stop her, but nothing was working. I’m really excited about her future.”
One day after setting a single-game record with eight ejections drawn, Barott drew seven against San Jose State, which now stands at No. 2 in CSU’s record book.
Melissa Fisher got her first start in the net, recording seven saves against UCLA. Fisher and Michelle Slagle split time in the cage against San Jose State, combining for seven stops.
“Both goalies showed me positive things,” Moody said. “Lauren Porteus and Stephanie Weed showed strength on the defensive side. Additionally, Ariel and Megan Richardson played really, really well and got some good learning experience, which will bode well for the future.”
CSU concluded the Michigan Kick-Off 0-4, with all four losses coming to top-14 teams. The Rams will next compete in the Brown Invite in Princeton, R.I. (Feb. 9-10).
“Michigan (ranked 11th nationally) went 1-3, which shows the strength of the tournament,” Moody said. “What we were able to take away from these games will make us better this season.”
UCLA went 4-0 to claim the tournament title. San Jose State and San Diego State went 3-1, followed by Indiana and Michigan (1-3).
No. 3 UCLA 14, Colorado State 6
CSU Goals: Barott, 2; Arcidiacono, 1; Schaefer, 1; Weed, 1; Young, 1
Saves: Fisher, 7No. 9 San Jose State 16, Colorado State 8
|San Jose State
CSU Goals: Barott, 3; Arcidiacono, 2, Weed, 2; Schaefer, 1; Weed, 1
Saves: Fisher, 3; Slagle, 3