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Water polo recap: Rams falter late, drop 2 in Tempe

Ariel Arcidiacono scored eight goals on the day. She has now scored in all 18 games of her collegiate career, tying a program record.

Ariel Arcidiacono scored eight goals on the day. She has now scored in all 18 games of her collegiate career, tying a program record.

March 22, 2013

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TEMPE, Ariz. -
Playing in one of the most challenging tournaments in the country, Colorado State feels as if it let a win slip away on Friday, dropping two on the first day of action from the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

After falling to No. 3 Arizona State, 17-7, CSU led for most of its nightcap against Cal Baptist before a 5-0 run in the fourth quarter allowed the Lancers (12-14) to steal one from the Rams (6-12).

Game 1: No. 3 Arizona State 17, Colorado State 7
The Sun Devils (18-4) jumped out to an early lead, scoring four times in the opening 3 minutes, 3 seconds, and led from start to finish. CSU cut it to three, 5-2, once, but couldn't close the gap beyond that.

"They're the No. 3 team in the country for a reason," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "They have a couple international players, and one of them played in the Olympics. We worked on our small goals, and we obtained some of them, despite what the score showed. It was a good opportunity for our girls to play them, and I'm pleased with how we played against them, for the most part."

Freshman Ariel Arcidiacono recorded her third hat trick of the season, scoring three times. Senior captain Shelby Schaefer scored twice, while freshmen Morgan Hurley and Megan Richardson each scored once.

In net, junior Michelle Slagle had eight stops.

Game 2: California Baptist 10, Colorado State 7
The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 first-quarter lead behind a pair of goals from Arcidiacono, and extended it to 4-1 minutes before halftime.

"We got off to a good start but we ran out of gas after playing back-to-back games," Moody said. "We're having some young players step up; we're working on our depth, and a lot of players are coming along."

Despite ties at 4-4 and 5-5, CSU held a 7-5 lead with 3:37 remaining in the third period. That would be the last time CSU would score, however, as California Baptist finished the game on a 5-0 run.

Less than a minute into the final period, the Lancers knotted the score at 7-7, and 47 seconds later, had their first lead of the night. They would add on two additional goals over the next two minutes, holding CSU scoreless over the final 11:37.

"We knew coming in it was going to be a physical challenge," Moody said. "They had a couple good looks at the end and put it away in the fourth quarter."

Scoring for CSU was Arcidiacono (4), Schaefer (2) and Kelcy Barott. Arcidiacono has now scored at least one goal in all 18 games of her collegiate career, which ties a CSU record with Schaefer for consecutive games with a goal. Slagle had 11 saves in the cage.

Day 2 of the tournament continues on Saturday, with CSU facing No. 18 Michigan (12:30 p.m. MT) and La Verne (6:30 p.m.). The Rams defeated La Verne, 12-4, last weekend in California. A live blog of each game can be accessed here.

No. 3 Arizona State 17, Colorado State 7

1 2 3 4 Final
Colorado State 2 0 2 3 7
Arizona State 6 5 1 4 17



CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 3; Schaefer, 2; Hurley; Richardson
CSU saves: Slagle, 8

California Baptist 10, Colorado State 7

1 2 3 4 Final
California Baptist 0 4 2 4 10
Colorado State 2 2 3 0 7

CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 4; Schaefer, 2; Barott
CSU saves: Slagle, 11


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