March 31, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Looking to extend on its two-game winning streak, the CSU women’s water polo team came out on the short end in a pair of closely contested contests Saturday in the first day of the Roadrunner Invitational III.
Despite leading, 8-7, entering the fourth quarter against host Bakersfield, CSU was outscored 3-1 in the final period, and fell to the Roadrunners, 10-9. In the afternoon contest, the Rams were defeated by No. 19 Hartwick, 12-9, in a physical contest.
“We had a game plan,” coach Mike Moody said, “and we executed it well, even though we lost. Bakersfield is a good team, and it came down to the fourth period. They capitalized on a couple key offensive turnovers down the stretch, and that was the difference.”
Despite the loss, junior utility player Caroline Young scored five goals vs. the Roadrunners, tied for the sixth-best single-game performance in school history. She followed that performance up with six more against Hartwick, putting her among CSU's best, as she tied for the most goals in a single game.
She also has now scored in 14 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest stretch in CSU annals.
“Caroline Young had an incredible game,” Moody said. “She really led her team, and was an offensive force.”
Also scoring on the day were Shelby Schaefer (3), Stephanie Weed (2), Kallie Berry and Kelcy Barott.
Despite losing to nationally ranked Hartwick, Moody was pleased with the way his team played.
“Hartwick is a great porgam,” Moody said. “It was a very, very physical game, and I felt like our girls responded well, keeping their cool and continuing to play our game. It didn’t show in the end, but our girls played well.”
Day 2 of the Roadrunner Invitational III is Sunday, with the Rams facing Cal State San Bernardino at 9:30 a.m. MT, followed by a 2:30 p.m. matchup with No. 7 Loyola Marymount.
“All in all, I’m proud of the girls,” Moody said. “We’re very banged up, though, and we’re having to work through that stuff in order to get healthy and back to full strength.”