Senior Amber Bryan led all Rams with 10 goals this weekend.
Jan. 22, 2012
By Kathleen Spence
Athletic Media Relations
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Playing against two nationally ranked teams on Sunday, the Colorado State women's water polo team held its own at the 2012 Michigan Kick-Off. The Rams gave it their all, but ultimately fell short in what were two hard-fought games.
In the morning matchup, despite coming up short against Indiana, 9-6, CSU held a national top-10 team to single digits for the second consecutive day. On Saturday, the Rams limited No. 3 UCLA to nine goals.
Coach Mike Moody was very optimistic about what he saw.
"It was a really great defensive game," Moody said. "Coming back from (Saturday) night's game (a 17-13 loss to Michigan), we just played a whole lot better."
The two teams were tied at 6-6 entering the fourth period before being outscored 4-1 in the closing minutes.
The Rams closed the tournament with a rematch against host Michigan. Despite falling to the Wolverines, Moody saw great improvement in the 24 hours since the two teams last met.
"The starting lineup did a great job, as well as the goalies," Moody said, "but we still have some things that need to get better at."
In the beginning of the game, the Rams struggled, allowing Michigan to score six times in the first period.
"We had a bad play in the first period," Moody said. "We made the adjustments that were necessary, though."
The Rams fell in each of the four games of the Michigan Kick-Off, but Moody saw plenty to be excited about this season.
"Overall, it was a tough and grueling tournament," he said. "It was probably one of our better showings."
The tough competition will continue on Thursday as the Rams face their fifth consecutive ranked opponent in No. 15 UC San Diego. The contest will be CSU's first game at the new Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, located in Thornton, Colo. The game is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. MT.
Indiana 9 - CSU 6
CSU Goals: Amber Bryan 2, Kallie Berry 2, Caroline Young, Shelby Schaefer
Indiana Goals: Shaae Fournier 4, Amanda Redfern 2, Shelby Taylor, Summer Creighton, Colleen McNaught
Saves: Indiana 8 (Jojo White), CSU 8 (Melissa Fisher 7, Michelle Slagle)
Ejections: Indiana 5, CSU 6
Michigan 10 - CSU 3
Michigan Goals: Kiki Golden 2, Laura Milstead 2, Hathaway Moore, Lauren Colton, Audrey Pratt, Meagan Cobb, Sophie Hoegh, Ellis O'Conner
CSU Goals: Caroline Young 2, Amber Bryan
Saves: Michigan 7 (Alex Adamson 5, Tara Brigham 2), CSU 8 (Melissa Fisher)
Ejections: Michigan 9, CSU 4
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