Senior Melissa Fisher recorded 17 total saves on the day, helping CSU to a pair of victories.
March 17, 2013
WHITTIER, Calif.--The Colorado State Rams had one of their strongest weekends of the season with definitive wins against Whittier, 12-9, and La Verne, 12-4, on Sunday. Including CSU's WWPA win over Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, CSU (6-10, 2-2 WWPA) is now riding a three-game winning streak, the team's longest since March 2011.
"All in all it was a three-win weekend," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "I think we're doing a good job and are just working hard on the small stuff."
The first minute of CSU's contest against Whittier set the tone for the rest of the game, with back-to-back goals. The Rams held a halftime lead of 4-2, and led by four, 7-3, entering the final frame.
Eleven total goals were scored in the fourth quarter. The Rams owned the beginning of the period, using a 3-1 run. While the Poets scored six times, CSU was able to tame any potential.
"We were in total control of the game from start to finish," Moody said. "We were working on small details and trying to really work on our transition game and smart team defense. Everyone got some playing time, so it was really good."
Melissa Fisher played tough defense in the cage with five saves. On offense Ariel Arcidiacono had a very strong game with five goals. The rest of the scoring was spread between the efforts of Kelcy Barott (2), Megan Richardson (2), Kelsey Carrigan, Shelby Schaefer and Stephanie Weed.
CSU continued its explosive offense against La Verne Sunday evening. In the first quarter of game play, the Rams jumped out to an early advantage by scoring five times. The scoring would not slow down, however, as CSU scored four more times in the second frame and three times in the third.
Again in net, Fisher tallied 12 saves to just four goals allowed. Scoring for the Rams were Arcidiacono (3), Schaefer (3), Barott (2), Weed (2), Carrigan and Jamie Stone.
"Again, from start to finish, we felt in control of the game and we got a lot of playing time for a lot of people," Moody said. "I was really pleased with how we opened up our transition game. We just did a good job all the way around."
The three victories should help the team's confidence heading into this week's six-game, three-day Arizona State Tournament. Four of the team's opponents are currently ranked, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Arizona State.
"It's six games in three days against a number of nationally ranked teams," Moody said. "They're going to be big, strong, fast and very, very physical. It will definitely be challenging both mentally and physically, but I think the girls are excited about the challenge. Hopefully we carry this momentum of a three-game streak into the ASU tournament."
Colorado State 12, Whittier 9
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 5; Barott, 2; Richardson, 2; Carrigan; Schaefer; Weed
CSU saves: Fisher, 5
Colorado State 12, La Verne 4
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 3; Schaefer, 3; Barott, 2; Weed, 2; Carrigan; Stone
CSU saves: Fisher, 12
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