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49ers hit the road for a pair of conference games against Cal and Stanford

Nolan McConnell looks repeat his performance from last Thursday against against Cal and Stanford this weekend.

Oct. 24, 2012

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49ERS HEAD NORTH FOR TWO-GAME ROAD SWING: Long Beach State hits the road for a pair of games against Cal and Stanford Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27-28). Ball is set to drop at noon for both games.

The 49ers (18-4, 0-1 MPSF) will first head to Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif. to face Gavin Arroyo's alma mater Cal (10-6, 1-2 MPSF).

LBSU then heads across the bay to play Stanford (10-4, 2-2 MPSF) Sunday at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif.

The most recent win against Stanford came in 2007 when the sixth-ranked 49ers upset the second-ranked Cardinal 7-5 in Arroyo's second year at Long Beach State behind Jake Kinne's hat trick.

LBSU TAMES THE LIONS: Long Beach State came out hungry holding the Lions scoreless for the first 8:43 of the game as the 49ers avenged its loss to Loyola Marymount, on Sept. 30, at the SoCal Tournament winning 13-7 Thursday night.

True freshman Nolan McConnell and Devin Mefford led the charge with each scoring a pair of goals in the first quarter. Mefford picked up his hat trick in the second on a backhanded shot at the two-meter while McConnell finished with a game and season-high five goals.

LMU (11-9) got within two goals in the third but LBSU responded with a 3-0 run in a span of a minute and 40 seconds to the put the game out of reach.

The 49er defense held the Lions scoreless for the remaining 9 minutes and 33 seconds of the game to wrap up their non-conference schedule 18-3.

LONG BEACH STATE DROPS CONFERENCE OPENER TO USC: No. 10 Long Beach State couldn't overcome a 4-0 deficit in the first period and dropped its conference opener to No. 1 USC 13-7 at home Friday.

The 49ers kept Nikola Vavic, the Trojan's top-scorer, to just one goal the entire game but couldn't contain Kostas Genidounias who scored four goals on 4-4 shooting in the first half and finished with five goals.

Dimitrios Lappas attempted to start the rally pounding a shot in from two-meters out on the left side at 7:01 in the second period to end the Trojan's 5-0 run that lasted for 8:59.

Long Beach State played USC (17-0, 3-0 MPSF) even in the second and third quarters but couldn't get past the 4-0 deficit in the first.

The closest the 49ers got was when Devin Mefford scored his first of two goals to start the third period.

Dan Matulis and Milos Vrzic each found the back of the cage twice for the 49ers while Balint Meszaros finished with seven saves.

49ERS RANK AMONG MPSF LEADERS: Heading into this weekend's action, junior Dan Matulis is the lone 49er ranked in the top 10 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while two other players are in the top 25 in individual statistical categories.

Matulis is ranked eighth with 2.41 goals per game scoring 53 goals in 22 games. Senior Spencer White comes in ranked eleventh in scoring with a 2.14 goals per game average. True freshman Nolan McConnell is ranked 25th averaging 1.24 goals per game.

Balint Meszaros is fourth in saves with a 10.54 saves per game average and sixth in the goals-against category with a 7.84 goals against average.

With a combined total of 15 saves against LMU and USC, Meszaros is now 40 saves away from being ninth in school history for saves made in a single season.



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