Feb. 26, 2011
Official boxscore | Photo gallery
By Brian O’Neill
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams scored first and never trailed until halfway through the third quarter before the No. 8 team in the country, Michigan, finally pulled away Saturday at the Edora Pool & Ice Center, winning 12-8.
CSU (3-7, 0-1 Western Water Polo Association) opened up a three-goal advantage in the first half and led for more than 12 minutes until Michigan (11-4, 0-0 Collegiate Water Polo Association) tied the contest, 6-6, with 4 minutes, 12 seconds, remaining in the third period. No doubt, the Rams proved they could not only play with one of the nation’s best teams, but also dominate for more than half the game.
“What a great game,” said coach Mike Moody. “I mean we were in the game all the way into the fourth period. The girls really played well.”
CSU entered the half leading 5-3, but Michigan really came out of the break playing aggressively, allowing just two goals in the second half. The Wolverines showed a lot of endurance and used their speed to get a few critical second-half goals.
“They are a very fast team and always have been,” said Moody. “They are good in transition and a great counter-attack team.”
CSU’s Melissa Fisher had another stellar performance in between the pipes as she tallied 16 saves, 13 of them coming in the first half. Ali Pavlik used a variation of shots as she scored four goals, one coming off of a bounce shot and one on a nice lob.
“Our girls came out and were not intimidated,” said Moody. “We’re going to play hard again tomorrow and see what we can do.”
As the Rams look ahead to Sunday’s rematch with Michigan (12 p.m. MST, EPIC), Moody now knows what his team needs to work on in hopes of earning its first-ever win over a top-10 team.
“Ball control, which led to their counter-attacks,” said Moody. “Not panicking and playing with that composure that a top program has. That’s where we need to be.”
Sunday’s game will be Senior Day for the Rams as it is the last home game of this season.
1 2 3 4 F
UM 1 2 5 4 12
CSU 1 4 2 1 8
UM goals: Alison Mantel (2), Kelsey Nolan (2), Lauren Colton (2), Lauren Orth (2), Lauren Dudley, Cara Reitz, Meagan Cobb, Keller Felt.
CSU goals: Ali Pavlik (4), Kallie Berry (2), Amber Bryan, Shelby Schaefer.
UM saves: Alex Adomson (12)
CSU goals: Melissa Fisher (16)