49ers head to NorCal Tournament with a six-game winning streak
Sept. 12, 2012
49ERS FIRST LOOK AT MPSF OPPONENTS: No. 9 Long Beach State heads to Stanford this weekend for the NorCal Tournament. The 49ers are in Bracket A along with USC, Pomona-Pitzer, and No. 8 Pepperdine. LBSU will open the 16-team tournament with Pepperdine at 9:25 a.m.
Depending on the results against Waves, LBSU will play either play at 2 p.m. or 3:25 p.m. facing the winner or loser between USC and Pomona-Pitzer.
Pepperdine (3-0) leads the head-to-head series 67-32 with the 49ers (6-0). The 49ers will look to improve Gavin Arroyo's 5-9 record against the Waves since taking over the program in 2006.
Since the inception of the NorCal Tournament in 1993, the 49ers have an overall record of 39-35. In Arroyo's tenure, Long Beach State is 14-9 at the tournament. After going 3-5 in Arroyo's first two seasons at the helm, LBSU has posted an 11-4 record over the last four years.
MATULIS AND WHITE LEAD LBSU TO 6-0 RECORD: Long Beach State continued its undefeated season going 4-0 in the Inland Empire Classic last weekend behind the play of Dan Matulis and Spencer White. The 49ers outscored their opponents 68-27 during the two-day tournament with 15 different players scoring, including 10 players who scored multiple goals.
LBSU beat Pomona-Pitzer 15-4 and La Verne 16-6, before tying for the fifth-most goals scored in a game in a 22-7 win over Occidental. The 49ers finished the tournament with a 15-10 win over Air Force.
Matulis led the offensive attack for LBSU with 16 goals in the tournament, 10 of which came in wins over Occidental and No. 16 Air Force. With the 16 goals, Matulis has 22 goals for the year with a 3.67 goals per game average, good for second in the MPSF in goals per game. The junior center was the only 49er to record multiple goals in all four tournament games.
Senior Spencer White was the other offensive threat for Long Beach State with 13 goals in the two-day tournament. Seven of White's 13 goals came against Occidental on Sunday, which tied for the second most goals in a game. The last LBSU player to score seven goals was Reid Tomassi in 2007. White also cracked the top 10 in scoring in the MPSF tying for sixth with 19 goals and 3.17 goals per game average.
Balint Meszaros collected 34 saves over the weekend playing two and a half games for the 49ers. The sophomore has 55 saves ranking him first in the MPSF with a 12.22 saves per game average. Meszaros recorded a season-high 16 saves in a win over No. 16 Air Force to conclude the two-day tournament Sunday. The 16 saves ties Meszaros for eighth all-time for saves made in a game.