49ers host first home game of the season before heading to SoCal Tournament
Sept. 25, 2012
MIDSHIPMEN COME TO TOWN: No. 9 Long Beach State hosts its first home game at the Campus Pool this year against No. 17 Navy on Thursday at 7 p.m. The meeting is the 13th in the series between the 49ers and the Midshipmen.
Navy (12-0) is making its first trip to Long Beach State since 1987 when the 49ers won 18-3. The Midshipmen's only other visit to Long Beach was in 1991 when the 49ers hosted the NCAA Tournament.
Long Beach State is 10-2 all-time against the Midshipmen. The 49ers won the last meeting 9-8 in 2009 at the UCI Tournament. LBSU has outscored Navy 125-79 in the series. Gavin Arroyo is 1-1 against Navy as LBSU's head coach.
49ERS GET SET FOR SOCAL TOURNAMENT: After playing Navy, the 49ers (9-1) head back on the road for the annual SoCal Tournament in Santa Barbara on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. LBSU opens play against No. 8 Pacific at 9:20 a.m. at Dos Pueblos High School. The winner of the Long Beach State-Pacific game will meet the winner of the USC-St. Francis game at 2:40 p.m., while the losers meet at 1:20 p.m.
Long Beach State leads the head-to-head series against the Tigers 47-27. Pacific (5-3) beat LBSU 11-6 in last year's regular-season finale eliminating the 49ers from contention for the MPSF Tournament.
Since 1993, LBSU is 22-46 in the SoCal Tournament. In Gavin Arroyo's tenure, the 49ers are 8-12 in the tournament.
NORCAL WRAP-UP: Long Beach State bounced back with three-straight wins after dropping its opening game against Pepperdine 10-8. LBSU defeated Pomona-Pitzer 16-5, UC Davis 10-9, and Loyola Marymount 9-7 to finish ninth at the NorCal Tournament.
Spencer White led the 49ers with 10 goals in two-day tournament. White came up just shy of tying his previous season-high goal mark against Pomona-Pitzer with six goals. Dan Matulis found the net eight times while Nolan McConnell had six goals.
Balint Meszaros finished the tournament with 38 saves for the 49ers. Meszros recorded 22 saves on Saturday and then went on to collect 16 on Sunday.