Feb. 9, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Saturday was an historic night for the Colorado State women’s water polo program, as the Rams knocked off 20th-ranked Brown, 9-8. The victory marks CSU’s second-ever win over a CWPA top-20 opponent.
“It’s a great win for these girls and for the program,” associate head coach Mike Moody said. “They refocused and got the job done.”
The victory over Brown (0-2) came hours after a difficult overtime loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1-3) in the Brown Invite opener.
The Rams (1-5), who flew into Boston on Thursday before driving to Providence, practiced at Brown’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Friday morning before being trapped at their hotel for approximately 24 hours once storm Nemo dumped nearly two feet of snow in the area. The blizzard forced two teams—Bucknell and St. Francis—to withdraw from the tournament.
The four remaining teams will now play a round-robin tournament, with the top two teams facing each other in the tournament championship at 12 p.m. MT on Sunday. The other two teams will play for third place at 10:45 a.m.
Game 1: CSU 8, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 10 (OT)
Prior to Saturday, CSU hadn’t played a game in three weeks, and while Moody wouldn’t let that be an excuse, he said it did play a factor. In a close contest, the Rams fell in overtime to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 10-8.
“The girls came out flat and we got outplayed,” Moody said. “We took it into overtime, but it was definitely a game we should have come away with. There’s no excuse to it; we just didn’t get the job done.”
The two teams were tied at 8-8 going into the extended period, but CSU couldn’t score in overtime.
Game 2: CSU 9, No. 20 Brown 8
The Rams bounced back in the nightcap, however, coming away with one of the program’s biggest wins, defeating No. 20 Brown, 9-8. It marked just the second time that CSU has ever knocked off a top-20 team. Prior to Saturday, the Rams’ lone victory over a ranked team came on April 11, 2010, in a neutral pool against No. 17 UC San Diego.
“We came out and made some adjustment and were refocused and we played a great game,” Moody said. “We played great polo.”
Senior Shelby Schaefer led the Rams with three goals. Junior Michelle Slagle had 12 stops in net. The victory also marked CSU’s first true road win since April 16, 2011.
CSU, who received one vote in the latest top-20 poll, will face Wagner (1-0) at 7 a.m. Sunday before its final competition of the weekend.
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