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Water polo recap: Rams beat Coyotes, split contests Sunday

Michelle Slagle had 13 stops vs. No. 7 LMU.

Michelle Slagle had 13 stops vs. No. 7 LMU.

April 1, 2012

By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—During Day 2 of the Roadrunner Invitational III, the Rams saw an offensive explosion, scoring 15 goals in their win over the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. CSU followed up its 15-14 win with a 12-10 loss to seventh-ranked Loyola Marymount.

Coach Mike Moody saw plenty to be proud of on the day.

“It was a very special day for us,” he said. “We played outstanding, and I’m so proud of our girls.”

CSU jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against the Coyotes, and led 12-8 entering the final period. Despite six fourth-quarter goals by San Bernardino, the Rams held on, 15-14.

Senior Kallie Berry led the Rams with four goals. Kelcy Barott and Shelby Schaefer also had hat tricks with three scores apiece. Caroline Young, Amber Bryan, Brianna Sherrin and Lauren Porteus also scored for the Rams, while junior Melissa Fisher had eight stops in goal.

“It was a little closer than we expected,” Moody said, “but our starters took care of things in the beginning, and the majority of the game was played with our second string. They got a lot of great experience, and I saw lots of really good things from them.”

Despite the loss to the nationally ranked Lions later in the afternoon, Moody saw plenty of improvement from two weeks ago when the two teams faced off, and the Rams were defeated, 16-6.

“It was an outstanding, phenomenal game against LMU,” he said. “We played awesome, and I’m so proud of our girls. They came together and they executed from start to finish.”

Seven players scored for the Rams, including several reserves: Berry (2), Schaefer (2), Amber Bryan, Schaefer, Sherrin, Young and Stephanie Weed. Sophomore Michelle Slagle had 13 saves.





 

 

Young has now scored in a school-record 16 consecutive games.

“We were right there at the end of the game with the opportunity to win it,” Moody said. “We came up just short. All in all, though, it was a very special day for the CSU Rams.”

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