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Water polo recap: Rams get big win in WWPA Championships

Sophomore Kelcy Barott scored four times in CSU's 9-8 victory over Sonoma State Friday at the WWPA Championships.

Sophomore Kelcy Barott scored four times in CSU's 9-8 victory over Sonoma State Friday at the WWPA Championships.

April 26, 2013

CSU-Sonoma State Box Score | WWPA Championships Central | Tournament Preview

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Colorado State water polo team picked up a big win on Friday, defeating Sonoma State in the quarterfinals of the WWPA Championships, 9-8. The win guarantees CSU a top-four finish for just the second time in program history.

"I'm really pleased with how we played today," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "This weekend is a clean slate, and like we've been doing, we're winning the games we need to in order to put ourselves in a good position."

Playing as the No 4 seed, the Rams (9-19) and Seawolves (12-19) started out in a defensive battle, with neither squad scoring in the opening 6 minutes. After Sonoma State got on the board with a power-play goal, CSU’s Kelcy Barott responded to knot the score at 1-1. The game was again tied at 2-2 before the Rams took their first lead, 3-2, with Shelby Schaefer’s first goal of the day.

Looking for some separation, the Rams earned three more quick scores, bringing the score to 6-3 shortly before halftime. Sonoma State would fight back, however, eventually getting within one, 8-7, with 3:59 remaining in the contest. CSU freshman Megan Richardson made sure her team would get the victory, though, scoring with 1:45 on the clock to bring the score to 9-7 and seal the win.

"We were in full control of the game, I thought," Moody said. "Besides a couple mental lapses, we played great defense, and made adjustments when we needed to. We also showed a lot of depth from our bench, which is something we've been working on."

In the game, Barott, an All-WWPA honorable mention, scored four times, including three in the first half. Also scoring was Schaefer (2), Kelsey Carrigan, Richardson and Stephanie Weed. The Rams were victorious despite their leading scorer, freshman Ariel Arcidiacono, not scoring for the first time in 28 games this season. Junior Michelle Slagle had five saves in goal.

CSU and Sonoma State both finished the regular season 4-3 in WWPA action. The Rams beat the Seawolves in head-to-head action, 11-8, in March, to earn the tiebreaker, giving them the No. 4 seed, while Sonoma State played as the fifth seed.

The Rams will now face No. 1 UC San Diego—ranked No. 13 nationally—Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT. Earlier in the day, UC San Diego picked up a 14-1 win over No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino.

With a win, CSU will advance to its first-ever championship game. With a loss, CSU will play in Sunday’s third-place game. The program’s best-ever tournament finish was in 2010, placing fourth.

"We were ranked fourth in the preseason, fourth going into this weekend and are guaranteed at least fourth place with this win," Moody said. "Now our focus turns to UC San Diego."

WWPA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINALS: No. 4 Colorado State 9, No. 5 Sonoma State 8

1 2 3 4 Final
Sonoma State 2 2 1 3 8
Colorado State 2 4 1 2 9



CSU goals: Barott, 4; Schaefer, 2; Carrigan; Richardson; Weed
CSU saves: Slagle, 5



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