Coach Mike Moody and the Rams saw six years of hard work pay off Sunday morning
April 11, 2010
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Colorado State reached a significant program milestone Sunday morning at the Bronco Invitational, at the Sullivan Aquatic Center.
The Rams (10-16, 5-5 Western Water Polo Association) dominated UC San Diego, ranked 17th in this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association national poll, to register their first program win over a ranked opponent. Colorado State, in only its sixth year of varsity water polo competition, knocked off the conference opponent, 8-4.
“It was a good milestone for the whole program,” coach Mike Moody said. “This was for everyone who has been involved in our program since Day 1, when we first hit the pool back in 2005, John Mattos, former players, academic people, strength and conditioning, everyone. It was a huge game not just for our program, but for our school. Beating our first top 20 team puts CSU on the national map in water polo.”
Freshman goalie Melissa Fisher had eight saves and Kallie Berry, Aspen Rapp and Ali Pavlik each scored twice to dispatch the Tritons, who had won six straight entering the tournament, including a victory over No. 20 Brown last week. CSU took a 3-2 lead into the third quarter and never trailed in the second half, registering a key conference triumph over UC San Diego (14-17, 6-2 WWPA).
“The girls played four quarters and gave a total team effort,” Moody said. “We controlled it from start to finish. We had our defense dictating to the other team. Our counter attack set the tempo, in transition, and our offense took care of the ball. We played together and we played with confidence.”
Moody was particularly proud of his goalie.
“Fish did great job between the pipes,” he said. “She had a great tournament. She stepped up and took control of that position for us.”
The tournament, including CSU’s hard-fought, 12-7 loss to No. 7 Loyola Marymount Sunday afternoon, wrapped up the Rams’ regular season, their final tuneup for the all-important WWPA championship tournament, April 30-May 2 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Hopefully, California weather will greet the Rams with more hospitality when they return to the state. While temperatures on the Colorado State campus reached the mid-70s on a gorgeous Sunday, conditions in the Bay Area at the outdoor Sullivan Aquatic Center were miserable. CSU played each game through a steady rain on a chilly 45-degree day.
That rain didn’t dampen the Rams’ spirits, though, as CSU outscored the Lions, who rotated starters in and out the entire game, 5-2 in the second half. Orsi Nadasdy led the way for CSU, with two goals, while Fisher collected six saves. But that surge wasn’t enough to overcome a 10-2 halftime deficit. Despite losing to No. 3 Cal earlier in the day, the Lions (22-3, 8-0 WWPA) on Sunday clinched the top seed at the conference tournament.
Had that WWPA tournament started this weekend, UC San Diego would’ve had the conference’s second seed, behind LMU. But thanks to CSU’s upset of the Tritons, things are unsettled to say the least. The Rams and the rest of the conference expect to learn of their seedings in the next week.
“We have two and-a-half weeks to prepare,” Moody said. “We feel really really good. We’re right where we need to be in terms of conditioning levels and mental state. We have a few things we need to work on, but overall, we’re in great shape heading into Bakersfield.”
CSU vs. UC San Diego – April 11, 2010
Sullivan Aquatic Center – Santa Clara, Calif.
CSU Goal Scorers: Berry 2, Rapp 2, Pavlik 2, Custy 1, Ostling 1, Nadasdy 1
UCSD Scorers: Bates 1, Orozco 1, Bloom 1, Crowell 1
Goalie Saves: Fisher (CSU) 8; Fitzpatrick (UCSD) 4
CSU vs. Loyola Marymount – April 11, 2010
Sullivan Aquatic Center – Santa Clara, Calif.
CSU Goal Scorers: Nadasdy 2, Custy 1, Ostling 1, Rapp 1, Pavlik 1
LMU Scorers: Campos 4, Carrillo 2, Scott 2, Kosnik 1, Sherrin 1, Flacks 1, Benedetti 1
Goalie Saves: Fisher (CSU) 6, Ponce (LMU) 7
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