April 6, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After a loss to UC San Diego early in the day, the Colorado State Rams came back for a close win against Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday afternoon, in the first day of The Bronco. The two conference games moved the Rams' record to 8-17. They concluded their conference slate with a 3-4 mark, and in good position for a No. 4 seed in the WWPA Championships.
In the first game of the day, No. 17 UC San Diego outplayed the Rams in the first quarter with three early goals. CSU pushed back in the second period, scoring three times, but were behind 6-3 at the half. The Tritons lengthened their lead in the third with four quarters, however, outscoring the Rams 5-2 in the second half, for a final score of 11-5.
"They are a really good team and a top-20 program for a lot of different reasons," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "They're a very physical team, and are very tough around the perimeter. We turned the ball over too many times, and they capitalized on it. At the end of the day, they just outplayed us physically."
Michelle Slagle had nine saves in the game. Ariel Arcidiacono and Shelby Schaefer accounted for the Rams' scoring with two and three goals, respectively. Arcidiacono's pair of goals moved her into fifth place in CSU single-season history for goals.
The Rams came out with a consistent scoring game in the second contest of the day, against Cal State Monterey Bay. With two scores in the first and three in the second period, the Rams were tied with the Otters at the half, 5-5.
"We were doing things well, and it was just one of those games where the ball wasn't going in the cage in the first half," Moody said. "There were obviously a lot of emotions with such a close game, but we kept our cool and did what we needed to do to win the game."
In the second half, the Rams held the Otters to four goals and totaled another five points of their own. CSU captured the conference victory with a final score of 10-9. The win positions the Rams well for the WWPA Championships, with the possiblity of the No. 4 seed, which would tie for the highest in program history.
"It was closer than I had anticipated, but the win puts us in a really good position heading into the conference tournament," Moody said. "If things go how they're supposed to tomorrow with other conference teams, we will be seeded really well."
The Championships will take place April 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Arcidiacono (4) and Schaefer (3) again led the scoring for CSU. Kelcy Barott (2) and Stephanie Weed picked up the other three essential points. Slagle had another solid game with six more stops in the net.
The Rams hope to finish their regular season on a high note with Day 2 of The Bronco. CSU will face Santa Clara at 9 a.m. MT, followed by No. 8 Hawai'i at 1 p.m.
"Santa Clara will be a good opportunity for us because they'll be seeded third going into the conference tournament," Moody said. "It will be good to see them and play them before our conference tournament. We've got to take tomorrow and just get better at the small stuff."
No. 17 UC San Diego 11, Colorado State 5
|UC San Diego||3||3||4||1||11|
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 3; Schaefer, 2
CSU saves: Slagle, 9
Colorado State 10, Cal State Monterey Bay 9
|Cal State Monterey Bay||1||4||1||3||9|
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 4; Schaefer, 3; Barott, 2; Weed
CSU saves: Slagle, 6
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