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.

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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