Men's Water Polo

49ers Strong Start Slips Away In 10-9 Loss To No. 5 California

Nolan McConnell scored three goals to help the 49ers open an early lead over the Bears.

Nov. 3, 2013

Huntington Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State took to their temporary digs at Golden West College very well, storming out to a five-goal first quarter against No. 5 California, but the Golden Bears bounced back and scored in the final seconds to top No. 7 Long Beach State 10-9.

The 49ers stormed out of the gate with one of their best quarters of the season in the first. Carter Taylor got Long Beach State (17-8, 1-3 MPSF) on the board with a goal in the second minute, and Devin Mefford followed with a pair of goals to help the 49ers open up a 3-0 lead over California (14-4, 3-1 MPSF). Milos Vrzic then scored with 2:52 in the period to put Long Beach State in front by four goals.

Hunter Gettelfinger got the Bears on the board with a goal, but Nolan McConnell was able to squeeze in one more goal with one second left in the first as the 49ers led Cal 5-1 after one.

That lead would hold through the second quarter, as the 49ers went into the break leading 8-4, helped by two more goals from McConnell.

In the second half, the Bears were able to mount a rally. Holding the 49ers off the board in the third quarter, Cal pulled to within one goal at 8-7 after three. Long Beach State went back up by two goals when Taylor was able to punch in a rebound with 6:50 in the fourth, but Cal scored twice more to tie the game up with 2:45 remaining in the game. The Bears finally took their first lead of the day with :25 seconds remaining as Farrell South scored the game winner.

Long Beach State closes out their home schedule this week with three games, starting Thursday night at 7 p.m. against UC San Diego.



No. 5 California - 1, 3, 3, 3 | 10
No. 7 Long Beach State - 5, 3, 0, 1 | 9

Cal: Colin Mulcahy 5, Thomas Agramonte, Giacomo Cupido, Hunter Gettelfinger, Blake Kelly, Farrell South
LBSU: Nolan McConnell 3, Devin Mefford 3, Carter Taylor 2, Milos Vrzic.

Cal: Michael Boggan 2, Jon Sibley 7
LBSU: Pavo Ljepopio 11

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