May 1, 2010
By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Aspen Rapp and Sarah Ostling continued their strong play, each scoring a hat trick, but the Rams could not overcome a second-quarter push by No. 18 UC San Diego and lost in the Western Water Polo Association tournament semifinals, 14-8, Saturday at the Hillman Aquatic Center.
CSU will play Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT for a third-place conference finish. Either way, the Rams have already clinched the best tournament result the program has ever had.
"It's school history," coach Mike Moody said. "We're very, very excited. We're looking forward to tomorrow. We have some adjustments to make but we will be ready."
The Rams lost to Bakersfield, 10-9, on Feb. 13. CSU carried an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but four goals in the final frame by Bakersfield kept the victory away from the Rams.
Rapp, a junior from League City, Texas, continued her impressive performance in the tournament with three more goals against UC San Diego. She now has eight goals in the first two games of the event. Rapp had seven goals during the entire regular season.
UC San Diego scored five times in the second quarter, a result of some aggressive offense.
"They came out with a hard press and forced some turnovers, which led to a deficit early," Moody said. "We also got into some foul trouble."
Ostling's hat trick brought her tournament goal total to five, and gives her 36 on the season.
Caroline Young added a goal, and senior Katy Armstrong also scored in the loss.
CSU vs. UC San Diego - May 1, 2010
Hillman Aquatic Center - Bakersfield, Calif.
CSU Goal Scorers: Rapp 3, Ostling 3, Young, Armstrong
UCSD Scorers: Bates 5, Bloom 3, Heinrich 3, Coles, Tran, Crowell
Goalie Saves: Fisher (CSU) 4; Merrill (UCSD) 6