March 19, 2010
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Picture the CSU football team playing No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Nebraska, on consecutive days, both on the road.
That’s a taste of what the Rams’ water polo team faces this weekend, with four overall games, including a pair of top-14 opponents, at the Loyola Marymount Invitational at the Burns Aquatics Center.
CSU (7-13, 2-3 Western Water Polo Association) drew the first match of the two-day tournament Friday, opening with a 13-5 loss to host LMU, the No. 9-ranked team in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. The Rams rebounded, however, with a dominating 15-4 win over Chapman. Both contests count in the conference standings.
No stranger to the nation’s best, entering having played eight teams ranked in the top 20, CSU trailed LMU just 1-0 at the end of the first period. But the second stanza, when the Lions capitalized on several key Rams turnovers, proved to be the difference.
“We played really tough in that first half until we let the game get away from us with too many mental errors,” CSU coach Mike Moody said. “There’s a reason why they’re nationally ranked in the top 10. They’re very physically fit and very disciplined.”
The Rams then took a few hours off before rebounding in fine fashion with a 15-4 conference victory over Chapman (4-7, 0-4 WWPA). Eight CSU players scored against Chapman, led by Sarah Ostling’s four, and three from both Nadasdy and Lorene Vidal. Fisher complemented that offense with 12 saves in the cage.
“It was a complete team effort,” Moody said of the Chapman win. “We controlled the game from start to finish. We played solid defense throughout. I was very pleased, but it would’ve been good to come away with two wins rather than one.”
The Rams will have that opportunity Saturday, when they close the tournament with a conference foe, Cal State San Bernardino, and a non-conference clash with No. 14 San Diego State. First sprint with San Bernardino, who entered the tournament 12-7 and 1-3 in the WWPA, is 12:45 p.m. MT. The Aztecs and Rams square off at 4:30 p.m. MT.
CSU has won three of its last five games entering Saturday.
CSU vs. LMU
CSU goals: Berry 2, Nadasdy 1, Berge, Pavlik
CSU vs. Chapman
CSU goals: Ostling 4, Nadasdy 3, Vidal 3, Sitko, Armstrong, Pavlik, Berry, Custy
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