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No. 11 Women's Water Polo Sweeps Day Two of the Lancer Invitational, Finish 2-1

Alexis Butler

Feb. 16, 2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The No. 11 women's water polo team finished the Lancer Invitational 2-1 including an exhibition win over the Calgary Renegades in its final match of the tournament. Melissa Matheson led the 49ers (5-2) with six goals while Kelly Ringel collected 37 saves on the weekend.

Game 1: #11 Long Beach State 13 - Occidental 6

The Long Beach State women's water polo team went on a 9-2 run after a 4-4 first period and defeated Occidental 13-6 to start day two of the Lancer Invitational in Riverside, Calif. Saturday morning. Matheson led the 49ers with six goals, tying her for second on the all-time list for goals scored in a single game.

Long Beach State took care of business from the second period on and scored a trio of goals in each of the final three frames.

Nicole Van Derhoof scored her first goal of the season with 1:37 remaining in the third past the Tiger's (2-1) goalkeeper and finished with two. Parks and Rachel Cretcher also chipped in with a pair of goals while Claire Martin added one.

Alexis Butler got her first start of the season with a pair of saves as Ringel finish the game with 12 in relief of Butler in the second quarter.

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Game 2: #11 Long Beach State 12 - Calgary Renegades 6 (Exhibition)

Nine players scored for the 49ers as Long Beach State swam away with a 12-6 victory over the Calgary Renegades in its concluding exhibition match of the Lancer Invitational Sunday evening. Kotsia led all scorers with a hat-trick, two of which came from penalty shots.

The Beach went up 2-0 after the first period but the Renegades' Kyra Christmas answered with a goal at 7:35 in the second quarter. The 49ers responded with a 4-0 run capped off by Kotsia's second penalty goal with 57 seconds remaining.

The third quarter wasn't as eventful with Cretcher and Leigh Auth scoring the 49ers' two goals as Christmas finding the back of the cage with 47 seconds left on the clock.

LBSU started the fourth period off with a bang going on another 4-0 run lasting 5:09 capped off by freshmen Alex Wheeler for her first collegiate goal. Sydney Stephenson also recorded her first goal as 49er in the fourth period to finish with two. Emily Matheson was the third freshmen to record her first collegiate goal at 5:45 in the fourth.

Butler recorded eight saves on the evening in three quarters of work as Mackenzie Robinson finished the game with two saves.

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The 49ers return to action February 23-24, in Bloomington, Ind., for the Fluid Flour tournament hosted by Indiana University.

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