May 2, 2010
By Zach Balside
Athletic Media Relations
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The CSU women's water polo team again put forth a valiant effort, but a go-ahead goal by Cal State Bakersfield with five seconds remaining in the game ended CSU's hopes for a third-place conference finish at the Western Water Polo Association tournament at the Hillman Aquatic Center.
Kallie Berry scored the last of her three goals with 49 seconds left to tie the game at 7. But a quick and well-planned Bakersfield attack earned the Roadrunners the win.
"They called a time out, made a play, and got a perfect shot," coach Mike Moody said.
The game was tight throughout, as neither team had more than a two-goal lead at any point.
"The girls played very well," Moody said. "It was very well played on both sides. It was a good way to end the season. Hats off to Bakersfield, they played well."
In the defeat, the Rams finish the season 11-18, with a 6-7 record against WWPA opponents. The fourth-place tournament finish is the best in CSU history.
"We're moving in the right direction," Moody said. "We had a great tournament. We did a phenomenal job."
Moody also stressed the large roles played by all four of his seniors during the tournament, and the season as a whole.
"I'd like to thank my seniors," Moody said. "They'll be missed. They put it all out there."
Aspen Rapp added a goal in the fourth quarter, her ninth of the tournament. After the tournament, the junior was named first-team all-tournament.
"She had a breakout tournament," Moody said. "We all knew she could do it. What a way for her to head into her senior year."
Rapp scored five times in the opening-round upset over third-seeded Cal State East Bay, and notched a hat trick against No. 18 UC San Diego in the semifinals.
Freshman Caroline Young scored twice, and senior Sarah Ostling also got a goal for the Rams.
Loyola Marymount defeated UC San Diego 14-10 to win the tournament and earn a bid to the NCAA Championships.
CSU vs. Cal State Bakersfield - May 2, 2010
Hillman Aquatic Center - Bakersfield, Calif.
CSU Goal Scorers: Berry 3, Young 2, Rapp, Ostling
CSUB Scorers: Torres 2, Berry 2, Seelos 2, Moss, Browning
Goalie Saves: Fisher (CSU) 4; Pezzolla (CSUB) 7