April 7, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Colorado State Rams concluded their regular-season schedule on Sunday, dropping a pair of contests to Santa Clara and Hawai'i.
Despite going 1-3 in the weekend's The Bronco tournament, CSU's win against Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday was crucial for its seed entering this month's WWPA Championships.
"We went into this weekend looking for more wins, but getting a win against Monterey Bay was very important," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "It looks like we'll get the No. 4 seed heading into conference because of it."
The Rams went 3-4 in WWPA play (8-19 overall) on the season, and are in good position for a No. 4 seed in the WWPA Championships.
Official seeds will be announced in two weeks after all teams have concluded conference play. Should CSU earn the No. 4 seed, it will tie the highest regular-season finish in program history.
Game 3: Santa Clara 11, Colorado State 9
In the day's first game, against host Santa Clara, CSU fell behind 2-0 in the first 90 seconds before jumping back in front with three consecutive goals. The Rams led 5-3 at halftime after a pair of Stephanie Weed goals, but a 5-1 run in the third period put the Broncos back on top. CSU would tie the score at 8-8 seconds into the final frame, coming from Weed's third goal of the game. However, Santa Clara responded with three straight to seal the win, 11-9.
"We had a major letdown defensively in the third quarter," Moody said. "Santa Clara's a great team, and should be No. 3 going into the Championships. It was a great game; we just had some letdowns in the third period, and let them back into the game."
In addition to Weed's hat trick, freshman Ariel Arcidiacono scored four times and senior Shelby Schaefer added two goals. Junior Michelle Slagle had 11 stops in goal.
Game 4: No. 8 Hawai'i 18, Colorado State 7
Facing No. 8 Hawai'i later in the day, the Rams fell, 18-7.
"Hawai'i is a top-10 program, and they're a tough team," Moody said. "We wanted to play them because they play a similar style as us. We would have liked a better outcome, but being the last game of the tournament, we were pretty banged up. Our bench grew, and that will help us later this month."
Schaefer had four goals, followed by Arcidiacono (2) and Kelcy Barott. Melissa Fisher had nine saves.
CSU will host a reunion game on Saturday (1:30 p.m. MT) at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, Colo. Admission is free. The Rams' next regulation game will take place at the WWPA Championships (April 26-28).
Santa Clara 11, Colorado State 9
CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 4; Weed, 3; Schaefer, 2
CSU saves: Slagle, 11
No. 8 Hawai'i 18, Colorado State 6
CSU goals: Schaefer, 4; Arcidiacono, 2; Barott
CSU saves: Fisher, 9
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