Nov. 17, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The sixth-ranked 49ers finished conference-play with a 12-10 win over No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on a rainy afternoon at the UCSB Campus Pool to conclude the season with an overall record of 22-7 and 4-4 in MPSF play. Nolan McConnell and Dan Matulis each recorded a hat-trick for the 49ers while Balint Meszaros recorded 11 saves to finish the regular season with 258 saves, good for sixth on the list for saves in a single-season.
This is the best finish the 49ers have had in conference play since 2004 placing fourth in the conference. The match started and ended with physical play as both teams combined for 25 exclusions the entire match.
UC Santa Barbara started the match with a 2-0 run before the 49ers (22-7, 4-4 MPSF) responded with a 3-0 run. The Gauchos (15-10, 1-7 MPSF) would follow with two more goals in the first before Milos Vrzic found the back of the cage with 52 seconds remaining to end the first period with the scored tied at four.
Both teams exchanged goals in second frame before Derek Shoemaker fired one past Meszaros to give UCSB the 7-6 lead heading into the half.
McConnell started the second-half for the 49ers with a nice fake to freeze the Gaucho's Myles Christian for nice floater into the goal.
Meszaros grabbed a huge save on UCSB's counter-attack after Spencer White had the ball stolen on a breakaway. Meszaros denied Brendan McElroy a second time on a 6-4 disadvantage for the 49ers to hold UC Santa Barbara scoreless in the third frame.
After a double exclusion was called with 25 seconds left on the clock, White broke free from the defense and lobbed Matulis a perfect pass to slam in for the 9-7 lead heading into the final frame.
Long Beach State began the final quarter with a 3-0 run with goals from White, Matulis, and McConnell. The Gaucho's would rally with three-straight goals in the last 1:50 seconds but it wasn't enough as the
49ers held on for the 12-10 victory to wrap up conference play 4-4.
Long Beach State will return to action Nov. 23-25 for its first appearance at the Mountain Pacific Conference Tournament since 2008. Time and who the 49ers will play first are still pending on results from this weekend.
- Sport Links
- Media Guides
Nolan McConnell Named Second Team All-American12/18/2016 - M. Water Polo
Senior attacker Nolan McConnell was named a Second Team All-American on Sunday afternoon by the...
Long Beach State Ends Season With Win Over Top ...11/20/2016 - M. Water Polo
The score was tied after one period but Long Beach State was able to fend off top seeded UC Santa...
Long Beach State Unable To Pull Out Win In High...11/19/2016 - M. Water Polo
Long Beach State was down 4-0 at the end of the first period but roared back to take the lead in ...
Long Beach State Dominant In First Round Win...11/18/2016 - M. Water Polo
Long Beach State trailed 2-1 after the first period but outscored San Jose State 12-3 the next...
Nolan McConnell Named Golden Coast Conference...11/18/2016 - M. Water Polo
The Golden Coast Conference released their first men’s postseason honors on Friday morning ...
No. 7 Long Beach State Travels To Stockton For ...11/14/2016 - M. Water Polo
After winning three straight games at home to finish the regular season, Long Beach State brings ...