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Water polo preview: Rams to host exhibition game Saturday

Kelcy Barott scored three goals in last year's 18-2 win over the Colorado Club All-Stars.

Feb. 21, 2013

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Colorado State vs. Club All-Stars

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 | 12 p.m. MT | Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (Thornton, Colo.)

Taking on the All-Stars
With a break in its schedule, the Rams water polo team filled the hole with a home exhibition game, which will take place Saturday afternoon. The opponent, the Colorado Club All-Stars, is a makeshift team comprised of the top players from the University of Colorado and University of Denver club teams. The annual game began last season, an 18-2 CSU win, and allows some of the state’s best talent to be displayed.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, not just for our girls to get some extra live work in, but for the state of Colorado,” associate head coach Mike Moody said. “It showcases some of the state’s top talent, and allows fans of water polo across the state to come watch. It will be a fun event to continue again this year.”

The action is set to begin at 12 p.m. MT at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton, Colo.

Last year vs. the All-Stars
During the inaugural matchup between the Rams and Colorado Club All-Stars, CSU came away with a dominant and convincing win, 18-2, at the VMAC. The combined skill of the University of Colorado and University of Denver club players could not outmatch the Rams, who held the lead from the very first goal. If it had not been an exhibition game, CSU would have tied its record for most goals in a game.

CSU led 10-1 at the end of the first frame, which gave the reserves a chance to get in on the action. Nine different Rams scored in the victory, including Kelcy Barott and Shelby Schaefer, who each recorded a hat trick.

Picking up an historic win
The Rams’ victory over No. 20 Brown on Feb. 9 was an historic one, as it marked the second time in program history that CSU has beaten a nationally ranked team. The 9-8 victory showed great efforts by senior Shelby Schaefer, who led the Rams with three goals, and junior Michelle Slagle, who had 12 stops in net.

After holding a slight lead, 6-5, at halftime, Brown tied the score at 7-7 entering the final period. After a Brown goal with 34 seconds remaining made it 9-9, Schaefer responded, scoring with 4 tics on the clock to give the Rams a 10-9 upset.

CSU’s other ranked victory came on April 11, 2010, against No. 17 UC San Diego.

Arcidiacono named Player of the Week
Ariel Arcidiacono was honored as the KAP7 Co-WWPA Player of the Week for her performance Feb. 9-10 at the Brown Invite. The freshman from San Diego, Calif., tied a CSU single-game record with six goals against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, a 16-9 victory. She also had three assists, one steal and a drawn ejection in the win, which secured third place in the four-team tournament.

Arcidiacono scored twice and had three assists and a steal in the Rams’ victory over No. 20 Brown. In four games during the weekend, she scored 10 goals, recorded 10 assists, had eight steals and drew five ejections.

On a roll
Shelby Schaefer has scored in 17 straight games dating back to last April, which is now a program record.

She passed Laurien White on Feb. 9, who scored in 14 consecutive during the 2007 season. Schaefer also holds third place, scoring in 13 straight contests a year ago.

Senior goalie Melissa Fisher became the second Ram to record 500 career saves, doing so against Brown on Feb. 11 of last year. In her three-plus seasons, she has now amassed 644 career stops, and trails only Krystyna McCright for CSU’s all-time saves record. She could reach the mark in CSU’s tournament at UC Davis (March 2-3), sitting 16 away.



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