Water polo recap: Rams falter against Pioneers

The Rams fell to conference opponent Cal State East Bay, 13-8, on Friday.

The Rams fell to conference opponent Cal State East Bay, 13-8, on Friday.

April 5, 2013

HAYWARD, Calif.— Colorado State (7-16, 2-3 WWPA) began its California weekend with a challenging day against WWPA foe Cal State East Bay, losing the pairing, 13-8, Friday evening.

Even before the match began, the Rams were faced with unexpected variables that influenced the outcome of the game. Several essential Rams were not able to play due to sickness and injury. Along with this being the first time this season CSU has played just a single game, the shape of the pool was also much narrower than the Rams’ practice facilities.

The game began neck-and-neck, with both teams scoring five times in the opening period. In the second quarter the Rams fell behind the Pioneers, letting East Bay's four scores go unanswered.

“The second period has always been our nemesis," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "This season, for some reason, we do really well in the first period, and the second period just kills us. I think in games in the past, if our second period had been better, we would have come out on the wining side. It’s just something we need to put behind us learn from and come out tomorrow and play better."

The Rams fell further behind in the third frame, with one goal to the Pioneers' four, which brought the score to 13-6. In the final period, CSU scored twice in the while holding East Bay scoreless to bring the final score to 13-8.

“The loss definitely makes it more challenging for us to put ourselves in a good position," Moody said. "We still have a possibility of being seeded fourth in the conference, but the bottom line is we need to get better tomorrow and just play our game.

Scoring for the Rams was Ariel Arcidiacono (3), Stephanie Weed (2), Kelsey Carrigan, Alex Daley and Shelby Schaefer. Michelle Slagle defended the net for the Rams with six saves.

Directly after the game, the Rams left for Santa Clara, Calif., where they will compete in The Bronco, a four-game, two-day tournament. There, CSU will face two ranked teams—No. 8 Hawai’i and No. 17 UC San Diego—in addition to matchups against Santa Clara and Cal State Monterey Bay. Saturday’s competition will begin against UC San Diego at 12:40 pm MT and continue with Cal State Monterey Bay at 6 pm MT.

Cal State Easy Bay 13, Colorado State 6

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Colorado State 5 0 1 2 8
Cal State East Bay 5 4 4 0 13

CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 3; Weed, 2; Carrigan; Daley; Schaefer
CSU saves: Slagle, 6



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