April 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif.- The Colorado State Rams fell to Cal State East Bay, 10-8, in the final round of the Western Water Polo Association championship tournament Sunday at Loyola Marymount's Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center.
The loss ends the Rams' season and gives them 10th place in the final WWPA standings.
After the first half Sunday, the Rams (10-26, 8-15 WWPA) were tied at five with the Pioneers (14-14, 6-11 WWPA). But early in the second half the Pioneers marched down and scored three unanswered goals. The Rams bounced back in the fourth quarter with three goals, but the Pioneers had enough to escape with a 10-8 victory.
The Rams had several shots on goal; they just didn't go down.
Freshman Andrea Victoria had a hat trick for the Rams. Sophomore Sarah Ostling had two goals, and Kailin Custy, Ali Pavlik and Annie Quinn each had a goal for the Rams.
This is the third time the Rams have faced the Pioneers this season, but the first time CSU has lost.
The Rams now turn to next year. Losing only two seniors, Quinn and Emily McCullough, the Rams hope the underclassmen step up.
Familiar foes will play for the WWPA title Sunday afternoon, top seed UC Davis and No. 2 seed Loyola Marymount. This is the fifth time these two teams have met in the championship since 1999 and the fourth consecutive year. UC Davis was picked to win the league in a preseason poll, after ending No. 13 Loyola Marymount's five-year hold on the league title in 2006. The Lions came back in 2007 to win.
LMU will be defending its home pool; this is the third time this season these two teams have faced off, with each winning one game at home. The Lions won 9-8 in overtime on March 8 in Los Angeles, and the Aggies won on April 5, 9-7, in Davis.
Cal State East Bay 10, Colorado State 8
Cal State East Bay: 3 2 3 2 -- 10
Colorado State: 3 2 0 3 -- 8
Goals: CSUEB: Vieira 3, J. Demeneces 2, L. Demeneces 2, Foley, Snyder, Jung
CSU: Victoria 3, Ostling 2, Pavlik, Quinn, Custy