Water polo recap: Rams' defense stifles Broncos

Melissa Fisher recorded 10 saves. Santa Clara's five goals were the fewest allowed by the Rams this season.

Melissa Fisher recorded 10 saves. Santa Clara's five goals were the fewest allowed by the Rams this season.

April 28, 2012

By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations

LA JOLLA, Calif.—
Earlier in the week, Colorado State water polo coach Mike Moody said that this weekend is a fresh start for his team. The Rams are playing that way, defeating No. 5 Santa Clara, 6-5, Saturday evening, at the WWPA Women’s Championships.

The win slots No. 8 CSU (8-21) against No. 3 Cal State Bakersfield for fifth place. The game will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.

The Broncos took an early 1-0 lead, and led again, 2-1, but Amber Bryan and Kelcy Barott scored consecutive goals to close out the first period, and give the Rams the 3-2 advantage. Shelby Schaefer extended the lead with a goal in the second period to give CSU a 4-2 lead going into halftime.

The Rams led for the remainder of the contest, including by as many as three goals (6-3), after Kallie Berry’s score to open the fourth period. But Santa Clara wouldn’t go away, scoring with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining, and again with 18 ticks on the clock to make it a one-possession game.

Berry led CSU with two goals. Jamie Stone also notched her third goal of the season. Melissa Fisher recorded 10 stops in goal. Berry, who will likely play in her final collegiate contest on Sunday, has led or been tied for the team-lead in goals each game this weekend.

The victory avenges CSU’s loss to Santa Clara on April 14, 12-8. The Broncos’ five goals were the fewest allowed by the Rams this season.

CSU and Cal State Bakersfield met once this season, with CSU falling on the road, 10-9, on March 31. No. 2 UC San Diego will face No. 1 LMU for the conference championship, Sunday at 4 p.m. Cal State Monterey Bay, the sixth seed, and Cal State East Bay, seeded fourth, will battle in the semifinals. Highlights from CSU’s win vs. Santa Clara can be found here.

Game 9 -
No. 5 Santa Clara vs. No. 8 Colorado State (Consolation)






Santa Clara












Santa Clara Goals: Eadington 2, Espinosa 2, Bandimere
CSU Goals:
Berry 2, Stone, Bryan, Barott, Schaefer
Fisher (CSU) 10; Clements (SCU) 7





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