April 27, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LA JOLLA, Calif.—The Colorado State women’s water polo team began Day 1 of the 2012 WWPA Women’s Championships with a big win, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8, in the play-in game at UC San Diego’s Canyonview Aquatic Center.
CSU, seeded No. 8 in the tournament, defeated the Coyotes, the ninth seed, for the third time this season. The win advanced the Rams to the quarterfinals, with a tilt against top-seeded and undefeated LMU. The Rams, who hung tough against the Lions earlier in the season, coming closer than any other conference team (12-10 loss), fell 14-4 to the No. 7 team in the country.
In the opener, CSU (7-21) never trailed, taking an early 5-4 lead. The team stepped on the gas in the second quarter, outscoring CSSB, 5-0, to take a 10-4 lead going into halftime. It was the CSU’s largest halftime lead of the season.
The Rams scored just two more times in the second half, but the first-half lead they built was more than enough to sustain the win.
Junior Melissa Fisher was in the net for the Rams, recording six saves. Senior Kallie Berry scored three times in the first period, including 24 seconds into the contest, totaling four goals on the day. Caroline Young, who ranks eighth in the country in scoring, recorded her seventh hat trick of the season. Stephanie Weed scored twice. Kelcy Barott, Lauren Porteus and Shelby Schaefer scored, as well.
In the loss to LMU, CSU’s offense was non-existent early, not scoring until Amber Bryan’s goal in the third minute of the third period. By that point, the Lions had built a 7-0 lead.
Berry, Porteus and Schaefer also scored. Junior Michelle Slagle had seven stops in goal.
Also on Friday, No. 4 Cal State East Bay defeated No. 5 Santa Clara, 11-10; No. 6 Cal State Monterey Bay upset No. 3 Cal State Bakersfield; and No. 2 UC San Diego beat No. 7 Sonoma State, 12-7.
The Rams will now face fifth-seeded Santa Clara, Saturday at 5:30 p.m. MT. With a win, CSU could play for fifth place on Sunday.
Video highlights from CSU’s win can be accessed here.
Game 1: No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 9 Cal State San Bernardino (Championship Play-In)
CSU Goals: Berry 4, Young 3, Weed 2, Barott, Porteus, Schaefer
CSSB Goals: McCarthy 4, McCliman 2, Bray, Vu
Saves: Purkiss (CSUSB) 12; Fisher (CSU) 6
Game 5: No. 1 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 8 Colorado State
LMU Goals: Honny 5, Morelos 3, Bonk 2, Lopez 2, Benedetti, Delgado
CSU Goals: Berry, Bryan, Porteus, Schaefer,
Saves: Ponce (LMU) 12; Slagle (CSU) 7
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