Season recap: CSU water polo concludes eighth season

Seniors Amber Bryan and Kallie Berry

Seniors Amber Bryan and Kallie Berry

May 17, 2012

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A look back at the 2012 Colorado State water polo season:

WWPA Championships
Entering the conference tournament as the No. 8 seed was not what the Rams were hoping for, especially considering they were picked to place fourth in the pre¬season poll. However, coach Mike Moody told his team that this was an opportunity for a fresh start. The Rams took that advice to heart, soundly winning the play-in game vs. No. 9 CSU San Bernardino, 12-8. From there, they had a tough task of taking on top-seeded Loyola Marymount, a team who finished the regular season undefeated in conference action. Despite playing them closer than any other WWPA team during the regular a season (CSU fell 12-10 on April 1, becoming the only conference foe to come within six goals of the Lady Lions), LMU proved to be too much, rolling past CSU, 14-4.

The Rams rebounded on Day 2, however, scoring their first-ever win against Santa Clara, 6-5. The Rams had previously lost to the Broncos each of the 10 times the two teams had played. The win advanced the Rams to the fifth-place match, where they fell to Cal State Bakersfield, 7-6, in sudden-victory overtime.

CSU took a 5-4 lead when Kallie Berry scored in the opening minute of the second half. Both teams were score¬less 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 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. It marked just the third time that the Rams have played an overtime game, and just the second time that one has reached three extended periods.

On the weekend, Berry scored nine times in the four contests, earning second-team all-tournament honors.

Three named to all-WWPA team
For the second consecutive season, the Colorado State women's water polo team garnered three all-conference honors. The three selections ties a program record, established last year.

Kallie Berry, Caroline Young and Kelcy Barott were honored by the Western Water Polo Association on April 24. For Young and Barott, it was their first conference selection, while Berry has been named to two previous teams (2009 all-freshman team, 2010 second team).

First-ever top-20 ranking
On Jan. 25, CSU earned a top-20 ranking in the College Water Polo Association's Varsity Top 20 Poll for the first time in program history.

Coach Mike Moody responded by saying: "We're ecstatic. It's a great accomplishment for our team and our program as a whole. A lot of hard work has gone into this accomplishment, going all the way back to when the program started eight years ago and the vision (former Head Coach) John Mattos laid for CSU water polo."

The Rams received votes in each of the season's first four polls before falling out after a brutal schedule to begin the year.

New aquatic center
For seven years, EPIC had been home to the Colorado State water polo team. But beginning in 2012, the Rams relocated to the VMAC, a new facility located in Thornton, Colo.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the state of Colorado," coach Mike Moody said. "We're more centrally located there. I hope to bring a good fan base from the Denver and Boulder areas."

It also allows the Rams to play their home games in a regulation water polo pool--25 meters in length by 20 meters in width, and at least seven meters deep--for the first time. The VMAC is a $19.5-million facility that features a 765,000-gal¬lon, 50-meter Olympic-size pool. The facility opened just over a year ago. CSU will play all home games at the VMAC, in addition to practicing there on Saturdays.

Helping hand
Caroline Young, Shelby Schaefer and Kallie Berry all broke CSU's single-season assists record, and as a result, the Rams set a new single-season program record with 183 assists, 16 more than the previous mark, set in 2006. Young is now the all-time leader for assists in a season, with 45, followed by Schaefer (38) and Berry (36). The previous mark was 31, held by Ali Pavlik (2009) and Natalie Berge (2011).

Against Cal State-San Bernardino (April 27), Young recorded six helpers, tying a program record. Also on the year, Young, Schaefer and Berry (twice) recorded four assists in a game, which is tied for sixth all-time.

Block party
With four field blocks to close the regular season, the Rams established a new program record, surpassing their 2010 mark of 61 swats, the first year water polo recorded field blocks as a stat. CSU finished 2012 with 72 stuffs, led by Caroline Young's 23, a new single-season high. Kallie Berry and Lauren Porteus each had 11, which rank fifth on the single-season list.


 

 

WWPA Championships
Entering the conference tournament as the No. 8 seed was not what the Rams were hoping for, especially considering they were picked to place fourth in the preseason poll. However, coach Mike Moody told his team that this was an opportunity for a fresh start. The Rams took that advice to heart, soundly winning the play-in game vs. No. 9 CSU San Bernardino, 12-8. From there, they had a tough task of taking on top-seeded Loyola Marymount, a team who finished the regular season undefeated in conference action. Despite playing them closer than any other WWPA team during the regular a season (CSU fell 12-10 on April 1, becoming the only conference foe to come within six goals of the Lady Lions), LMU proved to be too much, rolling past CSU, 14-4.
The Rams rebounded on Day 2, however, scoring their first-ever win against Santa Clara, 6-5. The Rams had previously lost to the Broncos each of the 10 times the two teams had played. The win advanced the Rams to the fifth-place match, where they fell to Cal State Bakersfield, 7-6, in sudden-victory overtime.
CSU took a 5-4 lead when Kallie 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 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. It marked just the third time that the Rams have played an overtime game, and just the second time that one has reached three extended periods.
On the weekend, Berry scored nine times in the four contests, earning second-team all-tournament honors.
Three named to all-WWPA team
For the second consecutive season, the Colorado State women's water polo team garnered three all-conference honors. The three selections ties a program record, established last year.
Kallie Berry, Caroline Young and Kelcy Barott were honored by the Western Water Polo Association on April 24. For Young and Barott, it was their first conference selection, while Berry has been named to two previous teams (2009 all-freshman team, 2010 second team).
First-ever top-20 ranking
On Jan. 25, CSU earned a top-20 ranking in the College Water Polo Association's Varsity Top 20 Poll for the first time in program history.
Coach Mike Moody responded by saying: "We're ecstatic. It's a great accomplishment for our team and our program as a whole. A lot of hard work has gone into this accomplishment, going all the way back to when the program started eight years ago and the vision (former Head Coach) John Mattos laid for CSU water polo."
The Rams received votes in each of the season's first four polls before falling out after a brutal schedule to begin the year.
New aquatic center
For seven years, EPIC had been home to the Colorado State water polo team. But beginning in 2012, the Rams relocated to the VMAC, a new facility located in Thornton, Colo.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the state of Colorado," coach Mike Moody said. "We're more centrally located there. I hope to bring a good fan base from the Denver and Boulder areas."

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