Rachel Cretcher recorded three goals after day one of the Posada Royale.
March 2, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The ninth-ranked women's water polo team cruised through day one of the Posada Royale hosted by Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Saturday with a pair of wins. The 49ers (10-2) outscored their opponents by a combined score of 32-6. Junior Coriann Snyder led the 49ers with five goals while junior Kelly Ringel wrapped up day one with 13 saves.
Game 1: #9 Long Beach State 15 - Azusa Pacific 3
Long Beach State held Azusa Pacific scoreless for 18 minutes and 30 seconds on its way to a 15-3 victory over the Cougars Saturday morning. The 49ers were led by Kayla Robert who recorded her first-career hat-trick with a goal at 3:01 in the fourth.
Chelsea Parks started LBSU's 5-0 run in the first period with a goal 19 seconds into the game while Snyder fired in two of the 49ers five goals that period.
Long Beach State tacked on two more goals in a much more quiet second period before taking a 7-0 lead into the break.
Maryann Slama finally found the back of the net to put APU (4-15) on the board at the 6:30 mark. The 49ers however answered with a 4-0 run to finish out the quarter leading 11-1 behind Rachel Cretcher's two goals.
APU put another point on the board to give Slama her second of the morning but Alex Wheeler with a power-play goal at 6:06 for her first collegiate goal. The Cougars would score once more but LBSU answered with another pair of goals. Freshman Cori Reynolds got her first chance of playing this year and took full advantage of it scoring on her first shot with 39 seconds remaining in the game to record her first-career goal.
Ringel finished the game with a solid 10 saves in the cage.
Game 2: #9 Long Beach State 17 - Cal Lutheran 3
The women's water polo team did not lose any steam during the break between games as the 49ers crushed host Cal Lutheran 17-3 to wrap up day one of the Posada Royale Saturday afternoon. Matheson and Snyder each grabbed a hat-trick to lead LBSU. Alexis Butler relieved Ringel in the second half as both keepers collected three saves.
Long Beach State kept the host frustrated by playing tough on the defensive end creating turnovers and holding CLU (2-7) to just seven shots in the first period for the 4-0 lead.
The 49ers held the Regals scoreless for 10 and half minutes until Jordan Card finally found the back of the cage at the 5:31 mark in the second period. The Beach did not let up tackling on three more goals for the 9-1 lead behind Snyder's two in the period.
The host Cal Lutheran scored two more times in the third quarter on penalty shots but was just not enough as Long Beach State finished the game with a 7-0 run capped off by first collegiate goals from Abigail Oshiro and Sydney Stephenson.
The 49ers return to action tomorrow Sunday, March 3, at 11:40 a.m. against a familiar foe in Occidental before wrapping up the Posada Royale with a 3:10 tilt with Chapman at the Samuelson Aquatics Center.
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