Jan. 26, 2012
UCSD-CSU box score
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
THORNTON, Colo.—The CSU Rams played their inaugural game at the new Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC), but UC San Diego spoiled the homecoming, defeating CSU, 14-11, on Thursday afternoon.
Playing its first game as a ranked program, No. 20 CSU (0-5 – against five nationally ranked teams) gave the No. 14 Tritons all they could handle.
The game got off to a slow start, seeing just three goals in the first period, but both offenses heated up as the game progressed. A goal by UC San Diego’s Sarah Lizotte put the Tritons (1-0) on top, 4-1, with six minutes, 35 seconds to play in the second period, but the Rams would claim five of the next six points to take their first lead of the game, 6-5, with 6:30 to play in the third stanza.
The two teams would alternate goals over the next two minutes, but with 4:54 to play and the Rams a player down due to penalty, UC San Diego scored to knot the score up at 7-7. The Tritons recorded two more goals over the next 1:49 to take a 9-7 lead, and they held the lead the remainder of the game.
“It was a heartbreaker,” coach Mike Moody said. “The girls were well-trained, but UC San Diego is a very well-coached and disciplined team. We made a lot of stupid mistakes, and we need to do a better job with defense.”
Costly turnovers hurt the Rams, as well as 12 ejections, one of which led to a goal via penalty show.
Lauren Porteus paced CSU with three goals, including two in the fourth period. Amber Bryan, Kelcy Barott and Caroline Young each had a pair of goals. CSU had difficulty defending Lizotte, who scored six of her team’s goals on the afternoon.
Despite the loss, Moody was excited about playing competition in the VMAC for the first time. The state-of-the-art aquatic facility became home to the Rams this season.
“It was a great atmosphere,” he said. “It’s a great aquatic center, and we enjoy playing games and practicing here.”
The Rams will have more than a week before their next competition. They travel to the Princeton Invite Feb. 9-10.
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