April 29, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LA JOLLA, Calif.—The Colorado State women's water polo team completed its 2012 season Sunday, falling to third-seeded Cal State Bakersfield in triple overtime, 7-6. The loss dropped CSU to 2-2 on the weekend, but the Rams, who were ranked No. 8 going into the tournament, finished sixth in the WWPA Women's Championship.
Senior Kallie Berry, who was playing in her final collegiate competition, led CSU with two goals. On the weekend, she scored nine times in the four contests, earning second-team all-tournament honors.
The game was back-and-forth the entire way through, with the two squads tied after the first period, at halftime and the end of the fourth period.
CSU took a 5-4 lead when Berry scored in the opening minute of the second half. Both teams were scoreless for more than 13 minutes thereafter, however, until the Roadrunners tied it up with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
Neither team scored in the first overtime. The drama continued in the second extra period, with Bakersfield's Bianca Adams scoring with 36 seconds remaining, looking like the game-winning goal. However, Amber Bryan, also a senior, fired back with a goal with 10 ticks on the clock, sending the game into sudden-victory overtime, where the first team to score wins.
Goalie Michelle Slagle made 15 saves for the Rams, tied for sixth in CSU single-game history.
Despite a record of 8-22 on the year, CSU's improved steadily throughout the season, capping it with a sixth-place finish in the conference tournament.
Top-seeded LMU defeated No. 2 UC San Diego in the championship game, 7-6, to earn an automatic bid to the 2012 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship, hosted by San Diego State May 11-13. No. 4 Cal State East Bay defeated No. 6 Cal State Monterey Bay, 7-6, for third place. No. 5 Santa Clara beat No. 7 Sonoma State in triple overtime, 7-6, for seventh place.
Highlights from CSU’s game can be seen here.
Game 12 - No. 3 Cal State Bakersfield vs. No. 8 Colorado State (5th Place)
|Cal State Bakersfield||2||2||0||1||0||1||1||7|
CSUB Goals: Browning 4, Adams, McKenzie, Tsuruda
CSU Goals: Berry 2, Bryan, Young, Schaefer, Weed
Saves: Bayer (CSUB) 22; Slagle (CSU) 15
MVP - Elise Ponce (Sr., Loyola Marymount)
Elise Ponce (Sr., Loyola Marymount)
Mackenzie Beck (Fr., Loyola Marymount)
Alexandra Honny (So., Loyola Marymount)
Sarah Lizotte (So., UC San Diego)
Katherine Biehle (Sr., UC San Diego)
Jayme Pekarske (Sr., Cal State East Bay)
Claire Pierce (Jr., Cal State East Bay)
Nikki Smart (Sr., Cal State Monterey Bay)
Whitney Delgado (Sr., Loyola Marymount)
Kirsten Bates (Sr., UC San Diego)
Carly Clarke (Sr., Cal State East Bay)
Julie Cooper (Jr., Cal State Monterey Bay)
Alex Bayer (Fr., Cal State Bakersfield)
Kallie Berry (Sr., Colorado State)
Claire Eadington (So., Santa Clara)
Laura Kunz (Jr., Sonoma State)
Meghan McCarthy (Sr., Cal State San Bernardino)
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