Goalier Melissa Fisher had 12 saves vs. No. 3 UCLA Saturday.
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Playing some of the toughest teams in the nation Saturday, the Colorado State women’s water polo team gave its all, but came up a little short, falling in a pair of close contests to open the 2012 season.
In the opening game, despite falling to No. 3 UCLA, 9-4, coach Mike Moody was very encouraged by what he saw.
“We had a huge defensive game,” Moody said. “We held the No. 3 team in the country to nine goals for the entire game, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment.”
The Rams entered halftime trailing 6-3, and while they weren’t able to get much going offensively, they allowed just three goals in the second half. Comparatively, in the Rams’ three previous all-time meetings against the Bruins, CSU allowed an average of 17.67 goals per game.
“I think that shows that we were improving throughout the game,” Moody said. “Kallie Berry played great as a defender and our perimeter defense led us to a great start.”
But the biggest factor on the defensive end was goalie Melissa Fisher.
“Fish had 12 huge saves,” Moody said. “She had a great game in the cage.”
In the nightcap, the Rams got off to a hot start, scoring five of the game’s first six goals and taking a 5-1 lead into the second period.
“We had a great first period,” Moody said. “Michigan had an unbelievable crowd and I thought our girls responded well.”
However, a couple key offensive turnovers late in the second period allowed No. 12 Michigan to take the lead. CSU trailed 9-6 at the half, and played catch-up the rest of the way, eventually falling, 17-13.
“We have to do a better job of being active participants,” Moody said, “especially on defense. We came out flat in the second half, and that hurt us.”
Despite the losses on the day, Moody found several positives, especially so early in the season.
“We had a lot of freshmen play, and I like some of the things I saw out of them,” he said. “Amber Bryan had a great all-around day, and Kallie Berry performed really well too.”
CSU will have a chance to get revenge against Michigan Sunday in the conclusion of the Michigan Kick-Off. The Rams will take on No. 10 Indiana at 8 a.m. MT, followed by a rematch against the Wolverines at 1 p.m.
“I feel good about where we’re at,” Moody said. “It’s the second game of a 25-game regular season. Our starters played really, really well together, we just need to get experience. We’ll learn from today and move forward.”
Also on Saturday, Indiana beat Michigan, 6-3, and UCLA defeated Indiana, 10-5.
UCLA 9 – CSU 4
CSU Goals: Amber Bryan 2, Kallie Berry, Caroline Young.
UCLA Goals: KK Clark 3, Becca Dorst 3, Gabby Juarez, Kelly Ronimus, Hannah Sebenaler.
Saves: Melissa Fisher (CSU) 12, Caitlin Dement (UCLA) 10.
Ejections: CSU 6, UCLA 6.
Michigan 17 - CSU 13
CSU Goals: Amber Bryan 5, Caroline Young 3, Shelby Schaefer 2, Kallie Berry 2, Brianna Sherrin.
Michigan Goals: Audrey Pratt 4, Lauren Colton 3, Meagan Cobb 3, Kiki Golden 2, Katie Cutler, Elizabeth Watson, Lauren Dudley, Hathaway Moore, Kelsey Nolan.
Saves: Michelle Slagle (CSU) 10, Alex Adamson (Michigan) 7, Morgan Turner (Michigan) 3.
Ejections: Michigan 12, CSU 7
Download Schedules: Add to calendar
04/28/2013Despite a 12-7 loss to Santa Clara on Sunday, CSU finished fourth at the WWPA Championships, tying the program's best mark. It was a bittersweet day, as it was the program's final game. Read More [+]04/27/2013The CSU water polo team played an exceptional first half against top-seeded UC San Deigo, but a second-half scoring drought gave the Tritons a 14-6 win Saturday in the semifinals. Read More [+]04/26/2013The CSU water polo team picked up a big win on Friday, defeating Sonoma State in the quarterfinals of the WWPA Championships, 9-8. The win guarantees CSU a top-four finish. Read More [+]04/25/2013The CSU water polo team enters this weekend's WWPA Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., as the No. 4 seed, tying its best-ever seed. The Rams will face Sonoma State on Friday in the quarterfinals. Read More [+]04/22/2013The CSU water polo team earned a program-record four postseason honors Monday, as three different Rams were recognized by the WWPA, including Ariel Arcidiacono as the Newcomer of the Year. Read More [+]04/15/2013Twenty-two former Colorado State water polo players rejoined the program on Saturday for CSU's first reunion game. In all, 40 of the program's 63 all-time players were in attendance. Read More [+]04/10/2013The CSU water polo team will host a reunion game on Saturday, bringing back 15-20 former players. The scrimmage will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the VMAC in Thornton. Admission is free. Read More [+]04/07/2013The CSU water polo team concluded its regular season on Sunday, falling to Santa Clara and No. 8 Hawai'i. The Rams will next compete at the WWPA Championships (April 26-28). Read More [+]04/06/2013After a loss to UC San Diego early in the day, the Rams came back for a close win against Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday afternoon in the first day of The Bronco. Read More [+]04/05/2013Colorado State (7-16, 2-3 WWPA) began its California weekend with a challenging day against WWPA conference foe Cal State East Bay, losing the pairing 13-8. Read More [+]04/04/2013The CSU water polo team will play in its final regular-season games this weekend. The Rams will play a WWPA contest at Cal State East Bay on Friday, followed by four games in The Bronco. Read More [+]03/25/2013Sunday was a challenge for the Colorado State water polo team. The Rams faced two top-20 teams, falling to No. 19 Hartwick, 18-5, and No. 2 Stanford, 16-6. Read More [+]03/23/2013Competing twice on Day 2 of the Arizona State Tournament, CSU earned a split, defeating La Verne, 13-9, after falling to No. 18 Michigan, 12-4, at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Read More [+]03/22/2013Playing in one of the most challenging tournaments in the country, Colorado State feels as if it let a win slip away on Friday, dropping two on the first day of action from the Mona Plummer Aquatic... Read More [+]03/20/2013After a 3-1 weekend in California, the Rams return to the pool for arguably their most challenging week of the season, facing four ranked teams in three days at the Arizona State Tournament. Read More [+]