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49ers Look to Extend Streak at Inland Empire This Weekend

Dan Matulis and Spencer White lead the 49er attack with six goals apiece.

Sept. 3, 2012

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49ERS HEAD TO INLAND EMPIRE CLASSIC: With one tournament in the books, the 49ers are off to the Inland Empire Classic this week to face Pomona-Pitzer, La Verne, Occidental and Air Force. Long Beach State (2-0) heads into the two-day tournament with momentum after beating both Redlands and Chapman handily at the UCI Tournament last weekend.

The first day of the tournament takes place at La Verne where Long Beach State opens with Pomona-Pitzer before facing La Verne. The 49ers kick off Sunday playing Occidental then taking on Air Force to wrap up the Tournament.

The 49ers last played in the Inland Empire Classic in 2011, outscoring opponents 55-18 and winning all four games.

Long Beach State has a 37-6 overall record against all four opponents it plays this weekend with all six losses coming against Air Force. The most recent loss to Air Force came during the 1992 season when the Falcons beat the 49ers 10-9.

UCI TOURNAMENT RECAP: Long Beach State continued its success at the UCI Tournament last weekend winning its first two games of the season. The 49ers started the 2012 season beating Redlands, behind a 9-0 run that saw seven different 49ers score, 17-5. LBSU wrapped up the UCI Tournament with a 16-8 win over Chapman.

Spencer White, a senior transfer from Cal wasted no time in the pool scoring his first goal as a 49er at the 4:47 mark in the first quarter on a 6-on-5 advantage. White would not stop there going on to score a team-high five goals against Redlands with four of them coming in the first half. He finished the tournament with six goals scoring once in the win over Chapman.

Dan Mautlis also found the net six times for the 49ers Saturday. Matulis started things by scoring the first goal of the 2012 season at the 6:00 mark of the first period against Redlands. Matulis found the net two more times before the end of the first half to finish the game with three. Between Matulis and White, they accounted for seven of nine goals in the first half for the 49ers against Redlands. Matulis wrapped up the UCI Tournament scoring three more goals against Chapman and was the only 49er with multiple goals in both games of the tournament.

Nolan McConnell, Dimitrios Lappas, and Garrett Rhodes all scored their first-career collegiate goal against Redlands in the first, third, and fourth quarters respectively. McConnell and Lappas both started and scored their first goals as true freshmen. Rhodes' earned his first goal after redshirting last year for the 49ers.

THE MORE THE MERRIER: Nolan McConnell, a freshman, and older brother Nathan McConnell, a junior, are the first brothers to play and score in the same game for the 49ers since Jordan and Justin Koeppen in 2009. The Koeppens last scored in the same game against Pacific in 2009. They finished their careers at LBSU with 13 games where they scored in the same game. Of the 13, four of those times were against Loyola Marymount, two vs. Cal, Pacific, Pepperdine and UCSB, and lastly one against Bucknell in 2008.

MESZAROS IN THE KEEP: Goalie Balint Meszaros, a sophomore transfer from West Valley College, didn't take long to contribute in his first weekend as a 49er. He collected five saves during a stretch where the 49ers went on a 9-0 run to pull away from Redlands. Meszaros finished with 21 saves in LBSU's two games, including a season-high 13 against Chapman.

The sophomore transfer from West Valley College finished his season with a record of 23-6 at the keep with a season-high 20 saves against Long Beach City in the CCCAA semi-final game. Meszaros also collected 162 blocks in 25 games for West Valley College.



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