Nov. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 49ers concluded their season on a high-note defeating Pacific 14-12 at the McDonald Swim Stadium for fifth-place at the MPSF Tournament Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the 2012 squad finished with an overall record of 24-8 and 4-4 in conference play and becomes the second-most successful squad in school history. This year's team only trials the 1981 team that finished with a 25-9 overall record and 6-0 in conference play including a second-place finish at the NCAA Tournament.
Balint Meszaros recorded eight goals for the 49ers and finished with 284 saves to become Long Beach State's all-time leader for saves in a single-season surpassing Derek Wiebe-Bailey's record of 282 from 2008.
The 49ers got off to a 3-1 after Spencer White slammed in a goal from the two-meter area at 4:41 but the Tigers would respond with a 4-1 of their own to finish out the first period. The 49ers picked up three-consecutive rebounds and ate up over a minute of game-clock but couldn't complete the entry pass to Devin Mefford on their fourth possession. White gave the 49ers a 5-4 going into the second period scoring again in the two-meter zone with two seconds remaining.
True freshman Nolan McConnell had a great steal for the LBSU at the 4:55 mark in the second to keep the Tigers from scoring after Balazs Erdeyli got past Brian Schiefer on a spin move in the two-meter zone. White fired a goal in at 5:21 in the second on a Milos Vrzic pass from the corner to give the 49ers a 6-5 lead. Erdelyi had a one-on-one opportunity against Meszaros but hit the top cross-bar and led to a Devin Mefford goal at the two-meter to put Long Beach State up 7-6 with 3:26 to play on the counter-attack. Pacific's Sean Grady would score his only goal at 1:59 to tie the match up at seven apiece heading into the half.
Dan Matulis and McConnell scored on back-to-back possession for the 49ers but the UOP would respond with a pair of goals of its own. McConnell capped off another back-to-back scoring possession for Long Beach State, this time with a lob shot at 1:40 in the third period. The Tigers tied things back up at 11 with six seconds remaining in the third on a 6-on-5 advantage after Matulis was rolled with 16 seconds left on the clock.
Mefford fired in a canon in front of the cage after rebounding McConnell's shot mid-air to put the 49ers back up 12-11 with 6:57 left on the clock. Carter Taylor scored from the point to put LBSU up by two with 3:56 left to play.
Dimitrios Lappas got a crucial steal for the 49ers in the four-meter zone as McConnell scored the ensuing play to record his hat trick and extended the 49ers to three. Erdeyli recorded the lone goal for UOP in the final frame as Long Beach State held on for the 14-12 victory.
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