March 16, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Riding a six-game losing streak—which has extended for more than a month—the Colorado State women’s water polo team took a big weight off its shoulders with a 9-8 win over Pacific Friday morning. The win came during the first game of the Loyola Marymount Invitational. CSU fell to host LMU—ranked sixth nationally—in the second game, 16-6.
“To see the stress come off their faces felt great,” coach Mike Moody said. “It wasn’t a beautiful win, it wasn’t an easy win, but we kept fighting all the way through, and it was good for the girls to fight and finish and get the win. It was definitely a good thing for us to get it.”
The win, CSU’s second of the season (2-13), was memorable, as the Rams scored twice in the final 78 seconds to erase a one-point deficit and get the win.
The Rams and Tigers were locked in a 5-5 tie at halftime, and Pacific led 8-7 entering the final period. At that point, the CSU seniors took over, with Amber Bryan scoring with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining on the clock. With 32 ticks left, and the score tied at 8-8, senior Kallie Berry scored her second goal of the game to seal the win.
In all, Bryan led CSU with three goals. Berry and juniors Caroline Young and Shelby Schaefer each had a pair of scores. Junior Melissa Fisher had nine stops in net.
In the afternoon game, the Rams faced one of the nation’s best, sixth-ranked LMU. CSU fell 16-6.
The Lions scored in the opening 26 seconds, and led 4-1 after the first quarter, never looking back. In the defeat, CSU received contribution from Stephanie Weed (3 goals), Berry (2) and Schaefer (1). Fisher made five saves.
“Stephanie Weed played exceptionally well in both games today,” Moody said. “We’ve been focusing on team defense all year long, and it seemed like we made a lot of progress in that today.”
CSU will continue competition in the Loyola Marymount Invitational with two games Saturday: vs. Cal State San Bernardino at 12:45 p.m. MT and Pomona-Pitzer at 3:15 p.m.
“The key part is not enjoying the W too much,” Moody said. “We know we need to come home 2-0 tomorrow. I think we’re on the right track and moving forward.”
CSU 9, Pacific 8
CSU Goals: Amber Bryan (3), Kallie Berry (2), Shelby Schaefer (2), Caroline Young (2)
Pacific Goals: Malena Prlain (4), Kim Kay (1), Noelle Mann (1), Elise Martin (1), Rebecca Wright (1)
Saves: Melissa Fisher (CSU) 9, Michele Relton (Pacific) 10
Ejections: CSU 7, Pacific 5
Loyola Marymount 16, CSU 6
CSU Goals: Stephanie Weed (3), Kallie Berry (2), Shelby Schaefer (1)
LMU Goals: Alexandra Honny (6), Morgan Bonk (4), Kimberly Benedetti (2), Casey Flacks (2), Jessica Morelos (2)
Saves: Melissa Fisher (CSU) 5, Elise Ponce (LMU)
Ejections: CSU 8, LMU 9