Justin Morgan recorded her first hat-trick of the season in the 12-2 victory over Chapman Sunday afternoon.
March 3, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The ninth-ranked women's water polo team continued rolling past its opponents Sunday defeating Occidental 13-3 and Chapman 12-2. The 49ers (12-2) wrapped up the Posada Royale 4-0, outscoring their opponents 57-11, for its second-consecutive undefeated weekend. Chelsea Parks led Long Beach State with eight goals while junior Kelly Ringel finished with 21 saves.
LBSU extended its winning-streak to nine games with the pair of wins Sunday. The only other time Long Beach State started the season 12-2 was during the 2003 season when The Beach finished 24-8 overall and 8-2 in MPSF conference play for the best overall finish in school history.
Game 1: #9 Long Beach State 13 - Occidental 3
The 49ers continued to cruise on day two of the Posada Royale defeating Occidental 13-3 at the Samuelson Aquatics Center behind hat-tricks from Christina Kotsia and Parks. Alexis Butler came in relief in the fourth period recording two saves while Ringel grabbed five.
After a slow start to the match, Kotsia put the 49ers on the board at the 5:18 mark before Occidental's Katie Gibbs answered with one at 4:46. Long Beach State responded with three unanswered-goals to finish out the quarter with a 4-1 lead.
Abigail Oshiro started the second half for The Beach with a goal at 5:40 before the Tigers (3-5) found the back of the cage at 4:58. Long Beach State responded with a 5-0 surge in the last three minutes of the frame to go up 12-2 behind Park's hat-trick.
Kotsia found the back of the cage with 56 seconds remaining in the game to tab her third hat-trick of the year for the 13-3 victory.
Nanea Fujiyama scored her second goal of the afternoon for the Tigers' lone goal in the fourth.
Game 2: #9 Long Beach State 12 - Chapman 2
The women's water polo team took care of business in its final game of the tournament defeating Chapman 12-2 Sunday afternoon. Justine Morgan and Parks led the 49ers with three goals each while Ringel finished with eight saves.
Parks jump-started the offense for LBSU with a goal at 7:04 as the 49ers added three more to finish the quarter up 4-0. The defense played a huge role for The Beach as it held the Panthers (2-2) to just two shots and forced eight turnovers.
Rachel Cretcher pushed in a goal after Kotsia's shot went off the top cross-bar and followed up with another goal with 56 seconds remaining in the half as the 49ers took a 7-0 lead into the half.
Morgan fired in both goals for LBSU in the third frame for her first hat-trick of the season. Chapman finished out the quarter with a pair of goals to make it 9-2 heading into the final quarter.
The 49ers held the Panthers to another scoreless period en route to a 12-2 victory as Parks fired in a pair of goals for her hat-trick.
Long Beach State heads to Claremont, Calif. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, for the Claremont Convergence.
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