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Water Polo recap: Colorado State splits on day, defeats Cal State San Bernardino

Senior Shelby Schaefer scored eight goals on Saturday, including five in CSU's 10-5 victory over Cal State San Bernardino.

Senior Shelby Schaefer scored eight goals on Saturday, including five in CSU's 10-5 victory over Cal State San Bernardino.

March 16, 2013

CSU vs. Loyola Marymount Box Score | CSU vs. Cal State San Bernardino Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Colorado State Rams faced two conference foes Saturday, coming away with a 1-1 record after a 16-7 loss at No. 14 Loyola Marymount and a 10-5 defeat over Cal State San Bernardino. The split keeps CSU at .500 in WWPA action (2-2). Both games took place at LMU’s Burns Aquatic Center.

With conference victories at a higher stake this year, associate head coach Mike Moody was pleased to get a win over the Coyotes.

“Conference wins are important for seeding, so we’re really preparing for these WWPA games,” Moody said.

New this year, each WWPA team has seven designated conference games—one against each WWPA school. Each team’s seven-game record will determine seeding for next month’s Championships. Often times, schools will play each other more than once, and in years past, each matchup against a WWPA school would count toward its conference standings, not just the designated seven.

The Rams had a bumpy start to their day with a loss to nationally ranked LMU. The team could not find any traction in the first quarter and fell behind 3-0, and by half, they trailed by seven, 9-2. The Rams were able to score five times in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap, falling 16-7.

“We came out against LMU and obviously did not play well,” Moody said. “We turned the ball over too many times. They outplayed us around the perimeter and stole the ball from us. We had too many offensive turnovers, and that led to easy goals for LMU.”

Junior Michelle Slagle had six saves in the cage. CSU’s offense was led by Shelby Schaefer with three goals. Ariel Arcidiacono and Kelcy Barott also contributed with two goals apiece.

The Rams regrouped and earned a win Saturday afternoon, however, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 10-5.

Again, CSU faced a three-goal after the first quarter, but a six-goal second period gave the Rams a lead they would never relinquish. Five different players scored in the second period, giving the Rams a 6-4 halftime lead.

They wouldn’t let off the gas after the break, however, scoring three times in the third, while Slagle saved all attempts.

“We came out flat in the first period, but finished strong in the last three periods,” Moody said. “We had a huge second period that pretty much put the game away.”

Slagle had 11 total saves in the win, and allowed just two goals over the final three periods. Schaefer again led the Rams’ strong offense, scoring five times. CSU’s other five goals were earned by Barott (2), Arcidiacono, Kelsey Carrigan and Stephanie Weed.

CSU will look to carry over its win to Sunday. The Rams will again play two single games, facing Whittier and La Verne in Whittier, Calif.

No. 14 Loyola Marymount 16, Colorado State 7

1 2 3 4 Final
Colorado State 0 2 3 2 7
Loyola Marymount 3 6 5 2 16

 

 

CSU goals: Schaefer, 3; Arcidiacono, 2; Barott, 2
CSU saves: Slagle, 6

Colorao State 10, Cal State San Bernardino 5

1 2 3 4 Final
Cal State San Bernardino 3 1 0 1 5
Colorado State 0 6 3 1 10

CSU goals: Schaefer, 5; Barott, 2; Arcidiacono; Carrigan; Weed
CSU saves: Slagle, 11

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