Sophomore Kelcy Barott scored six goals on the weekend.
March 3, 2013
DAVIS, Calif.—Colorado State fell to Santa Clara, 11-8, and Concordia, 12-8, Sunday afternoon, finishing the Aggie Shootout 1-3.
The Rams (3-9, 1-1 WWPA) began their game against Santa Clara with intensity from the beginning. With three scores early, CSU was two scores ahead of the Broncos by the end of the first quarter. But in the second and third quarters, the Rams' scoring game came to a halt and netted just one goal to the Broncos' seven. The Rams regained their energy by the fourth quarter, scoring four times, but could not pull even, falling 11-8.
"We came out and we executed our game plan in the first period," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "Santa Clara is a well-coached team, and they came out in the second and made some adjustments that caught us off guard. We kind of rallied at the end of the fourth, but we just ran out of time."
Under new rules this season for the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), CSU's loss against Santa Clara counts as one of the seven prearranged conference games, which will determine the Rams' seeding for the WWPA Championships (April 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.).
Santa Clara was the Rams' second conference game of the season. CSU defeated Sonoma State, 11-8, on Saturday in the team's conference opener.
In the final game of the tournament, CSU faced Concordia for the first time in program history. The two teams exchanged the game's first five goals, with the Eagles holding a slim 3-2 advantage after the first period. But Concordia would score the first four goals of the second frame to hold a 7-3 lead, which they kept for the remainder of the contest.
"We came out too flat and couldn't execute our game plan pretty much from start to finish," Moody said.
The Rams now have two weeks to refocus before their next competition. The team will play four single games, in Los Angeles and Whittier, Calif., on March 16 and 17.
"Our second and fourth quarters are usually where we struggle," Moody said. "This time it was second and third quarters. We need to focus on being consistent offensively and defensively. We have one good quarter and then one bad quarter, and that needs to change."
In the two games, freshman Ariel Arcidiacono led the Rams with five combined goals. Also scoring for CSU was Kelcy Barott (3), Shelby Schaefer (3), Stephanie Weed (3), Alex Daley and Megan Richardson.
Game 3: Santa Clara 11, Colorado State 8
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 2; Schaefer, 2; Weed, 2; Barott; Daley
CSU saves: Slagle, 6
Game 4: Concordia 12, Colorado State 8
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 3; Barott, 2; Richardson, Schaefer, Weed
CSU saves: Fisher, 4; Slagle, 4
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