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Water polo preview: CSU heads west for 4 games




March 14, 2013

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Without a tournament this weekend, CSU scheduled four individual contests, including two which will count in the WWPA standings. The Rams face conference foes Loyola Marymount (10 a.m.) and Cal State San Bernardino (1 p.m.) on Saturday at LMU's Burns Aquatic Center, followed by a pair of matchups against Whittier (1 p.m.) and La Verne (8:30 p.m.) at Whittier on Sunday.

Beginning a new conference format
The Rams opened up WWPA action in their most recent tournament, going 1-1. Different from past seasons, where any game--tournament or single-contest--played against a WWPA school counted as a conference game, this year, each team will have seven designated conference games, which will determine the seeding for the WWPA Championships (April 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif.).

The adaptation is in advance to next season's format, which will include a home-and-home series for each WWPA school. Prior to this season, teams could have a different number of league games, depending on scheduling.

Even if a school plays a WWPA opponent more than once--as CSU will do on several occasions--only the predetermined designated games will count toward a team's conference standings. The complete conference schedule can be found on Page 5.

Top goalie in program history
Senior goalie Melissa Fisher made history on March 3, becoming Colorado State water polo's all-time saves leader. Midway through her senior season, Fisher now has amassed 671 career saves, more than any player in program history.

"It actually means a lot," Fisher said. "The girl who held the record before me was my coach my freshman year. It's almost like I'm living a legacy. It's what every goalie hopes for in her four years."

Fisher played the second half against Concordia on Sunday, tallying five saves to move one ahead of Krystyna McCright (2007-09) for first all-time.

While the milestone is an honor for Fisher, recognition is nothing new for the native of Danville, Calif.

Fisher posted 245 saves during her sophomore season, which ranks second in CSU history. Her season total as a freshman (223) ranks fourth, and as a junior she ranked seventh (144). Last month, in a game against Wagner, Fisher posted 16 saves, which tied CSU's single-game mark.

"Fish getting the all-time saves record is a really great accomplishment for her," associate head coach Mike Moody said. "It's been an absolute joy working with her these last four years. She's a heck of a goalie, and is very consistent. She's a great athlete, a great leader and I'm really happy to see her finish her career here and getting this honor.

On a roll
Shelby Schaefer scored in 18 straight games from April 2012 through March 2, 2013. She holds CSU's all-time record, surpassing the previous high of 14.

Additionally, freshman Ariel Arcidiacono has scored in all 12 games of her collegiate career, which ranks tied for fifth. She could move into second place all-time with goals in CSU's first three games this weekend.

A look back: Aggie Shootout (March 2-3)
The Rams made their first trip to the West Coast, coming away with a WWPA victory and an overall record of 1-3. While CSU would have liked to have gotten more wins on the weekend, the team was pleased to get a win in its WWPA debut, against Sonoma State. CSU also faced Santa Clara, No. 14 UC Davis and Concordia.

Up next
With the university's spring break beginning on March 18, the Rams will fly directly from Los Angeles to Tempe, Ariz., to begin preparation for the six-game Arizona State Tournament (March 22-24). While CSU's schedule has consistently been challenging, that weekend's slate might be the most difficult, as CSU plays four ranked teams, including No. 2 Stanford, the defending national champions, and No. 3 Arizona State.

The Last Meeting
Colorado State4
Loyola Marymount14
April 27, 2012
La Jolla, Calif.
Water polo recap: Rams open WWPA Championships with win over Cal State San Bernardino
CSU began began Day 1 of the 2012 WWPA Women's Championships with a big win, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8, in the play-in game, before falling to top-seeded LMU, 14-4.

The Last Meeting
Colorado State12
Cal State San Bernardino8
April 27, 2012
La Jolla, Calif.
Water polo recap: Rams open WWPA Championships with win over Cal State San Bernardino
CSU began began Day 1 of the 2012 WWPA Women's Championships with a big win, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 12-8, in the play-in game, before falling to top-seeded LMU, 14-4.

The Last Meeting
Colorado State14
Whittier6
March 19, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif.
The Last Meeting
Colorado State16
La Verne4
March 11, 2011
Claremont, Calif.
Water polo recap: Rams have another close game with top-10 opponent
The Rams had quite an impressive performance this weekend and showed why they have been receiving votes for the national rankings. Friday's games included wins of 16-4 over La Verne, and 15-8 against Pomona-Pitzer. And Saturday they defeated Cal Lutheran, 11-8, before finally losing a close game to No. 9 Arizona State, 10-8.


 

 

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