March 1, 2008
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Colorado State water polo team picked up its third win of the season in the opener of the Slugfest Tournament, hosted by UC Santa Cruz, on Saturday morning. But the Rams couldn't pull out their second game, and finished Day 1 of the two-day competition with a 1-1 record.
In the first game, the Rams picked up a conference win, 9-8, against Cal State East Bay, then continued the day with a tough conference loss to Cal State Monterey Bay.
"Today we played together and tomorrow we hope to bounce back from the loss," said assistant coach Mike Moody. "We face two tough teams that have good defense and counterattacking. We need to play our game and control the game."
CSU played a well, controlled game in defeating East Bay.
"We played at a higher level that I know we can play at," said Moody. "We really played together as a team."
Emily Chambers and Emily McCullough had several steals. Sarah Ostling drew three ejections and scored once. And Annie Quinn, Andrea Victoria, and Shannon Kohl scored two goals each.
"We spread the scoring out," said Moody. "A lot of different girls are scoring, which is good."
In Game 2 against the Monterey Bay Otters, the Rams allowed their opponent to set the tone, Moody said.
"We played at their level and played their game," he said. "We didn't control the game."
McCullough did a good job of shutting down the Otters' best scorer, Chelsea Laning. Goalkeeper Kayley Provow played two-and-half quarters and was strong in the goal.
On Sunday, the Rams conclude tournament play against Sonoma State at 9:20 a.m. PST and Santa Clara at 2 p.m. PST. Both schools are conference opponents.