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No. 7 Men's Water Polo Begins MPSF Play With Two Games This Week

Oct. 23, 2013

Long Beach, Calif. - No. 7 Long Beach State men's water polo will open up MPSF play this two important matches, first traveling to No. 8 UC Irvine for a Black and Blur Rivalry game on Thursday night. The 49ers then return home to host No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at Noon on Saturday.

The first MPSF game of the season for Long Beach State will be a direct rematch of the team's last game. On Oct. 13, the 49ers closed out the SoCal Tournament with a 13-10 overtime victory against UC Irvine on the road, and will return to the Anteater Aquatics Complex to start conference play on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

The Last Meeting
UC Irvine10
Long Beach State12
November 11, 2012
Long Beach, Calif.
No. 8 49ers defeat No. 9 UCI, clinches spot in conference tournament
The 49ers defeated the Anteaters 12-10 Sunday afternoon at the Campus Pool to clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament. LBSU honored seniors Barry Snyder, Brian Schiefer, Travis Cleland, and Spencer White in their last home game prior to the contest.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State4
UC Santa Barbara5
September 22, 2013
Berkeley, Calif.
Water Polo Drops Tough 5-4 Decision Against UC Santa Barbara
Long Beach State held well defensively and mounted a late fourth-quarter comeback, tying the game with No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at 4-4. However, Matt Gronow of the Gauchos scored in the closing seconds to hand the 49ers a 5-4 loss.

In that last meeting, Long Beach State received three goals from both Devin Mefford and Zacchary Kappos, as the 49ers rallied to force overtime before dominating the extra time, outscoring the Anteaters 4-1 in the additional periods.

After the team's trip down the 405, Long Beach State returns to the Campus Pool for the team's second home game of the season, hosting No. 6 UC Santa Barbara. The 49ers have had two cracks at defeating the Gauchos, but have fallen just short this season, losing 5-4 at the NorCal Tournament before falling 8-6 in overtime on Oct. 13 at the SoCal Tournament. That match is scheduled to start at Noon on Saturday, October 26.

The two games this week represent the start of Long Beach State's 10-game MPSF schedule. The 49ers will also host Cal, UC San Diego, UCLA and Stanford before traveling to the MPSF Tournament from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

 

 

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