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49ers take over in the second half, defeat UCSB 14-11

Zacchary Kappos kept the hot hand going for the 49ers with a pair of goals against UC Santa Barbara

Nov. 24, 2012

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 49ers bounced back from a 4-0 deficit in the first to rally in the third period and hold on for the 14-11 victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday morning at the McDonald Swim Stadium. Six players recorded multiple-goals for LBSU.

Balint Meszaros collected nine saves to push his total to 276, tying him for third all-time at LBSU (23-8, 4-4 MPSF)for saves in a single-season. Meszaros is now seven saves shy of surpassing Derek Wiebe-Baily for sole-possession of the top spot in school history for saves in a single-season.

The Gaucho's jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter before Milos Vrzic ended the 49er drought at the 2:12 mark. Nolan McConnell would follow-up Vrzic's goal on a power play to make it 4-2 UCSB (15-13, 1-7 MPSF). Nick Rascon had an opportunity to cut the deficit to just one heading into the second frame but the Gaucho's keeper was able to get a hand on the ball.

Rascon would answer Teddy Zhang's goal to start the second period. Dan Matulis then put the 49ers within one at 4:41.

Vrzic was issued the second yellow-card for LBSU at the 4:02 mark and wasn't directed to leave the pool as play went on with the 49ers leading 7-6 going into the half. When the dust settled, the official ruling required the second period to be replayed at the point of Vrzic's yellow-card erasing Long Beach State's three goals to trail UCSB 5-4.

The replay did not affect LBSU as Rascon and No. McConnell found the back of the cage as the 49ers headed into the half tied at six.

Brian Schiefer started things off for Long Beach State with a skip shot into the cage at 7:03 in the third. After a contra foul by UCSB, Nathan McConnell found Dimitrios Lappas on the breakaway as he slammed one in past the Gaucho keeper at 3:47 to cap off a 5-0 run for the 49ers. Long Beach State held UC Santa Barbara scoreless for 5:32 during that stretch stemming from the second period.

The third frame ended in wild fashion as UCSB's Jake Miller and Nicolas Jordan were called for an exclusion simultaneously with nine seconds left on the clock followed by a penalty on Miller for not interfering with play on his way out. Spencer White would score the ensuing penalty shot for the 49ers to complete the six-goal quarter taking a 12-9 lead into the final frame.

The two teams would then exchange a couple goals in the final period as Zacchary Kappos fired in both goals for Long Beach State.

The 49ers will return to action Sunday, Nov. 25, at 11:30 a.m. to face Pacific for the fifth-place game to conclude the MPSF Tournament at the McDonald Swim Stadium.

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