No. 17 Long Beach State Split Games On Second Day Of Wolverine Invitational
The Beach defeats Bucknell and falls to No. 9 Michigan.
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Playing in two games at the Wolverine Invitational Saturday, No. 17 Long Beach State split its contests against Bucknell and No. 9 Michigan.
To start the day, Bucknell challenged LBSU (5-9) in the first quarter and took a 2-1 lead. Virginia Smith got the Beach on the board on the first quarter when she scored on a counter attack.
In the second period, Bucknell kept up its offensive pressure and took a 6-5 lead at halftime. LBSU scored four goals in the period thanks to two goals from Alexandra Massier and one goal from Smith and Maria Eleni Mimidi.
The Beach locked in defensively in the second half not allowing a goal as they went on a 4-0 run to take the game. In the third quarter, Raney Remme and Mimidi scored to give LBSU a 7-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter, LBSU pulled away for the win thanks to goals from Remme and Tori Morrisey.
In its second game of the day, LBSU once again found themselves in a battle with host Michigan.
Against the Wolverines, the Beach fell behind 2-0 early but a goal from Morrisey cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the second period.
Massier tied the game up early in the second quarter, but Michigan quickly answered to take a 3-2 lead.
Mimidi tied the game up once again with 4:17 left until half. Michigan finished the period on a 2-0 run to take a 5-3 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Smith and Morrisey each scored one goal and the Beach outscored the Wolverines 2-1 in the period to trail 6-5 heading into the fourth period.
Michigan scored two goals to start the fourth to take an 8-5 lead. With 3:26 remaining, Massier scored on a 6-on-5 power play to cut the lead to 8-6, but the Beach was unable to mount the comeback.
LBSU will be back in action Sunday when it closes out Wolverine Invitational against Iona at 1:30 p.m.
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No. 17 Long Beach State - 1, 4, 2, 2 | 9
Bucknell - 2, 4, 0, 0 | 6
Massier 2, Remme 2, Mimidi 2, Smith 2, Morrissey
No. 17 Long Beach State - 1, 2, 2, 1 | 6
No. 9 Michigan- 2, 3, 1, 2 | 8
Goals: Morrisey 2, Massier 2, Mimidi 1, Smith 1
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