Water polo recap: Rams finish fourth at WWPA Championships, tying best-ever finish

CSU fell to Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon in the program's final game. The Rams finished fourth at the WWPA Championships, tying a program best.

CSU fell to Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon in the program's final game. The Rams finished fourth at the WWPA Championships, tying a program best.

April 28, 2013

CSU-Santa Clara Box Score | WWPA Championships Central | Tournament Preview

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Despite a 12-7 loss to Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon, the Colorado State water polo team finished fourth at the WWPA Championships, tying the program’s best mark.

It was a bittersweet day for the Rams (9-21, 4-3 WWPA), as it was the program’s final game. In January, it was announced that the university would discontinue the sponsorship of the program, which began in 2005.

“It was an emotional game, being our last,” associate head coach Mike Moody said. “It’s not the way we wanted to finish the season and the career of CSU water polo, but we fought hard and finished in the top four, which I’m proud of.”

Junior Stephanie Weed (first team) and sophomore Kelcy Barott (second team) were named to the WWPA all-tournament teams.

CSU got on the board first with a Jamie Stone goal 57 seconds into the contest. The Rams again led at 2-1, and were tied at 2-2 and 3-3 midway through the second period. Santa Clara (16-17, 5-2 WWPA) responded with three consecutive goals, though, to take a 6-3 lead.

CSU chipped away to get within two, 6-8, shortly into the third period, but again, Santa Clara responded by scoring three straight to widen the gap.

“It was a very ugly game in a lot of aspects,” Moody said. “There were 31 total ejections, and three of our players majored. It wasn’t a very good game.”

Six different Rams scored, led by freshman Ariel Arcidiacono (2). Also scoring was Kelsey Carrigan, Alex Daley, Megan Richardson, Shelby Schaefer and Stone. Michelle Slagle, Melissa Fisher and Alexandra Dolan split time in net, totaling seven saves.

CSU, which entered as the No. 4 seed, won its first game, Friday against Sonoma State, to guarantee a top-four finish. The Rams then fell to No. 1 UC San Diego, which won the Championships, and at No. 3 Santa Clara. CSU’s other fourth-place finish came in 2010.

In nine seasons at CSU, the Rams went 107-174. They were ranked in the CWPA Women’s Varsity Top 20 poll in January 2012, and received votes seven weeks in the last two seasons. In 2011, Ali Pavlik became CSU’s first All-American, and each of the last two seasons CSU has been one of 13 schools nationally to have a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0.

“Now is a time for reflection, as we spend our final time together as one unit,” Moody said. “We’ll spend tonight enjoying the memories we’ve shared over the years. I’m very proud of my team; I’m proud of these girls. I want to say thank you to everybody—from my players to the parents to the administration. I’m very honored to have coached CSU water polo with these girls.”

WWPA CHAMPIONSHIPS: No. 3 Santa Clara 12, No. 4 Colorado State 7

1 2 3 4 Final
Colorado State 2 1 2 2 7
Santa Clara 2 3 3 4 12

 

 

CSU goals: Arcidiacono, 2; Carrigan; Daley; Richardson; Schaefer; Stone
CSU saves: Fisher, 4; Slagle, 3

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