Men’s Water Polo Hosts Stanford, Golden West College On Halloween
The 49ers can go above .500 with two wins this weekend.
Long Beach, Calif. -
No. 8 Long Beach State will look to add on two more wins this Saturday, Oct. 31 against No. 5 Stanford at noon and a non-conference match against Golden West College at 3 p.m.
FACING THE CARDINAL
Stanford (15-6, 2-3 MPSF) broke their four-game losing streak with a pair of wins last weekend against MPSF opponents No. 6 UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State. The Cardinal will face off against two more conference teams on the road, first at Long Beach State then at No. 7 UC Irvine.
Senior driver Bret Bonnani is a couple of goals away from holding the All-Time Scoring Record at Stanford and in the MPSF Conference with his 331 goals. The titles are currently held by Stanford alum Tony Azevedo (2001-04) with 332 goals. In the season, Bonnani has 65 goals, and redshirt junior Adam Abdulhamid follows in second with 49.
Junior Drew Holland has played the majority of games for Stanford totaling 166 saves and averaging 9.99 saves per game. His goals-against average is 7.43.
LBSU’s last win against the Cardinal came in 2007, where the Beach won 7-5.
A LOOK AT GOLDEN WEST
Golden West College (21-1, 3-0 OEC) is coming off a five-game win streak after suffering their only loss of the season to Long Beach City College, 9-8.
The last and only meeting between Long Beach State and Golden West was last season, where the Beach defeated the GWC 19-8 at home. Returning junior Patrick Goodenough had two goals in the win and senior Pavo Ljepopio had 12 saves.
BEACH FACTS TO KNOW
The 49ers have won five of their last seven matches including a sudden victory win over No. 9 Pepperdine. The Beach came close to upsetting No. 3 California in a tight double-overtime 15-14 loss. Freshman Keegan Wicken scored his career-high seven goals in that match.
Wicken was the first player on the team to 20 goals last week, and became the first player to 30 goals this week. Chandler Kaltenbach come in second with 25 goals; Austin Stevenson has 22; Dimitrios Lappas and Duncan Lynde both have 19 each; and sophomore transfer Lovro Miocevic has 18.
Three more players are now in double-digit scoring after last week’s performance. Sophomore Jacob Fujioka has 14, Lee Griffin has 12 and Josh Tice has 11.
Troy Kaltenbach and Zacchary Kappos are nearing double-digits after their performance’s last week. Kappos had his first multi-scoring game against Long Beach City College last Sunday, keeping his team in the game after a slow start.
Ljepopio has played 20.06 games with 184 saves, averaging 9.17 saves a game. His GAA is 8.67. Redshirt freshman Garrett Kaltenbach played the first half of the match against Long Beach City College. He had two stops in the win, and has now tallied a full game after playing four quarters. He has 10 saves in the season and a GAA of nine.
The Beach have scored 198 goals in the 21 games played. LBSU has had a strong second half so far, scoring the majority of their goals and limiting more opposition’s goals in the second half.
Following the two matches this Saturday, LBSU will play its final home match the following Sunday, Nov. 8 against No. 1 UCLA at noon.
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