Water polo recap: Rams learn from losses to nation's best

Stephanie Weed scored two goals against No. 2 Stanford.

Stephanie Weed scored two goals against No. 2 Stanford.

March 24, 2013

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TEMPE, Ariz. -
Sunday, the final day of the Arizona State Tournament, was a challenge for the Colorado State water polo team. The Rams faced two top-20 teams, falling to No. 19 Hartwick, 18-5, and No. 2 Stanford, 16-6, but associate head coach Mike Moody believes the losses will help his team entering the final month of the season.

CSU (7-15, 2-2 WWPA) concluded the weekend 1-5, with four of the losses coming to ranked opponents.

Game 5: No. 19 Hartwick 18, Colorado State 5
CSU trailed by just three, 3-0, after one period of play, but a nine-goal second period was the backbreaker for the Rams, as they entered the intermission behind 12-4. Freshman Ariel Arcidiacono and senior Shelby Schaefer each scored twice, while sophomore Kelcy Barott also added a goal. Junior Michelle Slagle had 13 stops in net.

"We had way, way too many turnovers, and they were really physical around the perimeter, which led to some easy steals and transition goals," Moody said. "We came out flat and were definitely not physical enough. That's something we've been working on all week, and I felt we did a good job earlier this weekend in those areas, but didn't do that today."

Game 6: No. 2 Stanford 16, Colorado State 6

Facing the defending national champions, Moody saw the tournament finale as a good opportunity to challenge his players to see how they would play against the nation's best. The Rams faced an early deficit, 4-0, but battled back to make the game competitive, before falling, 16-6.

"We regrouped and talked about what we needed to do," Moody said. "I was pleased with how we stayed composed and battled against the No. 2 team in the country--a team which has three Olympians."

The Rams were within three on two occasions, at 4-1 and 5-2, but a 5-0 run midway through the second period and into the third gave the Cardinal separation.

Schaefer and junior Stephanie Weed tallied two goals apiece. Arcidiacono and Barott scored once. Senior Melissa Fisher recorded 10 saves.

"We're a better team for playing this game," Moody said.

After 10 games in a nine-day period, the Rams will have nearly two weeks before The Bronco, a four-team tournament in Santa Clara, Calif. (April 6-7). That weekend, CSU will also play a single game against Cal State East Bay, in Hayward, Calif. (April. 5). The contest vs. East Bay, and two others that weekend, will be considered conference games, closing out CSU's WWPA schedule.

"It was a great, competitive training trip for us," Moody said. "It bodes well for the future of our schedule. We would have liked to have had a better record (CSU went 4-6, facing five top-20 teams), but we're looking ahead toward our conference tournament and are trying to make a run there."

No. 19 Hartwick 18, Colorado State 5

1 2 3 4 Final
Hartwick 3 9 3 3 18
Colorado State 0 4 0 1 5

CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 2; Schaefer, 2; Barott
CSU saves: Slagle, 13

No. 2 Stanford 16, Colorado State 6

1 2 3 4 Final
Stanford 5 3 6 2 16
Colorado State 1 2 2 1 6

CSU goals: Schaefer, 2; Weed, 2; Barott; Arcidiacono
CSU saves: Fisher, 10



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