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Women's Water Polo Takes Fifth-Place at Triton Invite, Finishes 3-1

Freshman Christina Kotsia recorded 8 goals over the weekend for the 49ers.

Feb. 10, 2013

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 49er women's water polo team defeated No. 17 Cal State Northridge 10-8 in OT and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara 9-7 for fifth-place at the Triton Invitational. Chelsea Parks wrapped up the weekend with a team-leading nine goals while freshman Christina Kotsia notched eight.

Junior Kelly Ringel finished with 34 saves.

The 49ers took down No. 11 Michigan Saturday, No. 17 Cal State Northridge, and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on its way a 3-1 finish, their best start to the season since 2008.

Game 1: Long Beach State 10 - No. 17 Cal State Northridge 8 (OT)

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The Long Beach State women's water polo team went into overtime for the second time in as many days, but this time with a different result as the 49ers defeated No. 17 Cal State Northridge 10-8 to start the second day of the Triton Invitational Sunday Morning.

LBSU was led by Chelsea Parks and Christina Kotsia with four goals apiece while Claire Martin chipped in with two. Ringel recorded nine saves but none more crucial than the two in the first overtime period to keep CSUN scoreless.

Parks put the 49ers up 2-0 in the first period with back-to-back goals but the Matadors (8-3) would respond with a 3-0 run of their own that spanned deep into the second frame lasting 9:36 minutes.

Martin ended the scoring drought for LBSU on a great lob shot past CSUN's Kiernan Davis to make it 3-3 with 52 seconds remaining in the half. The Matadors however sneaked one past Ringel with :04 on the clock to take the 4-3 lead into halftime.

CSUN capped its 3-0 run off on Katie Kammer's shot that went bar down and into the cage to extend the lead to 6-3.

The 49ers would respond with a 4-0 run of their own that spanned for 6:16 capped by Parks' goal at 5:11 to notch her first hat-trick of the season and the 7-6 lead in the fourth frame. Cal State Northridge would tie the match and take the lead with 3:29 left to play but Kotsia fired in another penalty goal at 2:55 to tie it at 8-8.

Long Beach State had an opportunity to win in regulation after a time-out with :07 seconds left on the clock but couldn't convert.

Ringel came up with two crucial saves for LBSU to start the overtime period.

Parks hurled in a hard skip shot past the Northridge keeper with 11 seconds left in the first overtime period for the 9-8 lead.

Melissa Matheson drew a penalty on CSUN's Kelcie Ferreira at the 2:10 mark that led to Kotsia's third penalty goal and give LBSU the 10-8 lead in OT2.

With 35 seconds left in the second overtime period, Parks grabbed a crucial steal on the Matador counter-attack to seal the 49er victory.

Game 2: Long Beach State 9 - No. 13 UC Santa Barbara 7

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The 49er women's water polo team clawed back from a 6-3 deficit late in the first half to sink No. 13 UC Santa Barbara 9-7 Sunday night to wrap up the Triton Invitational 3-1 for fifth place and their best tournament finish since 2008. Three players recorded two goals for Long Beach State while junior Kelly Ringel grabbed 9 saves.

Christina Kotsia got Long Beach State off to a quick start with back-to-back goals on consecutive possessions for the 2-0 lead. UC Santa Barbara would counter with a 3-0 run of its own that spanned for 7:02 minutes before Chelsea Parks fired in a rocket past UCSB's Ruth Milne at the 4:01 mark to make the score 3-3 in the second frame.

The Gauchos (10-4) wouldn't let up as they went on another 3-0 run capped off by Debby Ticketnoff's goal with 11 seconds remaining to take the 6-3 lead heading into the half.

It was all Long Beach State in the second half as the 49ers held UCSB scoreless in the third frame. Freshman Leigh Auth recorded her first collegiate goal with 18 seconds left in the period to put LBSU within one goal heading into the final period.

Justine Morgan started the 49er rally with a goal 28 seconds into the fourth period on a breakaway counter-attack to tie the match at 6-6. Coriann Snyder found the back of the cage twice with the second dribbling past the keeper's hand.

Melissa Matheson battled UCSB's Milne in the 2-meter zone and eventually won the battle to toss in the go ahead goal and cement the 9-7 victory.

Long Beach State returns to action Friday, February 15, against USC to kick off the Lancer Invitational in Riverside, Calif.



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