Briefs: Mesa State Sportd Roundup September 07, 2008
• Mesa State women’s XC places 2nd at UCCS invite
Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos is the veteran on the Mesa State College women’s cross country team, and she led the Mavericks to a second-place finish Saturday in the CU-Colorado Springs Rust-Buster Invitational.
Martinez-Ramos finished second in the 4-kilometer race in 15 minutes, 22 seconds. Shannon Payne of UCCS beat the field by nearly a minute, finishing in 14:28 to lead the Mountain Lions to the title.
Brooke Bosman (15:47) finished sixth and Paula Brewzewski finished eighth (16:02). Alison Poppe (16:55) was 17th, Andrea Ager (16:57) 18th, and Alexis Skarda 21st (17:11).
A pair of first-half goals were just enough for Mesa State to remain undefeated with a 2-1 victory at Northern State (S.D.)
Sherilyn Stoffel scored 19:24 into the game on a pass from Dani Ramirez from the right side. Stoffel took the shot from 20 yards out and connected.
Less than 20 minutes later, Ramirez dribbled past the defense and sent a high shot over Northern State goalie Dee Wood for a 2-0 lead.
The Mavs allowed a goal at the 60:26 mark but the defense fended off a pair of late shots.
Mesa State took only seven shots to Northern State’s 17, but Maverick goalie Julie Rasmussen only needed to make four saves — only six of Northern State’s shots were on goal.
Mesa State (3-0) returns home to open Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 4 p.m. on Friday against Colorado School of Mines.
Mesa State went 0-3 in the UCCS Tournament, losing a five-game match to the host Mountain Lions, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-10.
The Mavericks (2-5) won two of the first three games and the fourth game was tied at 6-6 when UCCS went on a 5-0 run. After the Mavs scored two straight points, the Mountain Lions went on a 5-2 run to take control.
Alisan Tompkins finished with 19 kills for the Mavs and Corinne Cascioppo added 10. Ashley Loftsgard had 17 digs for Mesa State, which has played four nationally-ranked teams in the first two weeks of the season, all without their preseason All-RMAC middle blocker Jessica Bird, out with a broken finger for another 2-4 weeks.
Mesa State has its home opener Friday night against Western New Mexico University. Saturday the Mavs play New Mexico Highlands at Brownson Arena. Both RMAC matches begin at 7 p.m.