Feb. 11, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Colorado State women’s water polo team earned its first victory of the 2012 season Saturday, defeating Bucknell, 9-7, in the first day of the Princeton Invitational.
“We will build off of the first half of that game,” coach Mike Moody said. “It was our game from start to finish, so we need to carry that over for the rest of the tournament and for the rest of the season.”
Earlier in the day, CSU (1-6) fell to the Brown Bears (2-0), 12-9.
“Brown was the better team,” Moody said. “They outplayed us in the second half, and if we want to be a top-20 team we have to be a better second-half team.”
The Rams and Bears were tied at 5-5 at the half, but CSU allowed four goals in the third period and couldn’t get back on top.
Senior Kallie Berry and juniors Caroline Young and Shelby Schaefer each had a pair of goals, while Amber Bryan, Lauren Porteus and Stephanie Weed each had one. Michelle Slagle, a sophomore, had seven saves in goal.
In CSU’s win vs. Bucknell (1-1), the Rams scored six goals in the opening period and never looked back, leading 8-2 at halftime. Schaefer led the Rams with a hat trick, while Berry and Young scored twice, and Bryan and freshman Kelcy Barott scored once.
Goalie Melissa Fisher had 15 saves, tied for the fifth-highest single-game total in CSU history.
While Moody was pleased to get a win, he still sees room for improvement.
“We were up 8-2 at halftime and only scored one more goal,” he said. “Again, if we want to be a good team, our offense has to do a better job in the second half.”
The Rams will conclude the eight-team tournament Sunday with a pair of games against Princeton (7:45 a.m. MT) and Harvard (11:30 a.m.). Also on Saturday, host Princeton—ranked No. 20 in the latest poll—defeated Harvard, 9-6, and Mercyhurst, 10-2. Harvard rebounded with a win over Bucknell, 14-5, while Brown defeated George Washington.
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