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Women's Water Polo Sweeps Day One of Claremont Convergence

Chelsea Parks led the 49ers with a team-high eight goals on day one of the convergence.

March 8, 2013

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Women's Water Polo Sweeps Day One of Claremont Convergence The 49ers dominated their opponents to go 2-0 after the first day of the convergence.

The ninth-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team rolled past Redlands 16-4 in the morning before crushing Whittier 22-5 Friday evening to wrap up day one of the Claremont Convergence in Claremont, Calif. Fifteen different players recorded goals for the 49ers (14-2) with Chelsea Parks leading the way with eight while Kelly Ringel finished with 13 saves.

The 22-5 victory over Whittier broke the all-time scoring record for most goals in a game for Long Beach State set in 2011, also against Whittier.

With the 13 saves Friday, Ringel took sole possession of the fourth spot on the all-time career-saves list with 426 saves surpassing Kim Hayes (414).

Game 1: #9 Long Beach State 16 - Redlands 4

The short week didn't seem to affect the 49ers in their opening match against Redlands as they poured on 16 goals to the Bulldog's 4. Parks led all scorers with four while Coriann Snyder chipped in with three. Ringel started the first half for the 49ers ending with nine as Alexis Butler finished out the second half with six.

Ringel passed Hayes for fourth on the all-time career-saves list minutes into the first period on her way to nine before Butler took over in the cage.

Long Beach State came out of the gates on fire as Snyder pounded in back-to-back goals to start the 6-0 run that was capped off by Kayla Robert's goal just as the horn went off.



Jill Stein ended the Bulldog's scoreless drought that lasted for 12 minutes and 48 seconds with a goal at the 3:12 mark but Melissa Matheson responded with a goal on the ensuing possession. LBSU ended the half with an 8-1 lead thanks to Justine Morgan's goal with 28 seconds remaining.

Kat Elward struck first for The Beach in the second half at 5:33 before both teams exchanged goals midway through the third period as Parks extended the lead to 11-3 to finish out the frame.

The 49ers finished the match with a 6-1 run holding RU (4-6) again scoreless for 7:57 seconds for the 16-4 win.

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Game 2: #9 Long Beach State 22 - Whittier 5

Thirteen players recorded goals for Long Beach State as the 49ers dominated Whittier by the score of 22-5 behind Parks' second four-goal game. Ringel split the keeper duties again but this time with Sophomore Mackenzie Robinson as both finished with four saves apiece.

Just like their first match, the 49ers went on 7-0 run to start the game before Sabrina Carlile found the back of the cage at 6:21 for the Poets in the second frame as LBSU held Whittier scoreless for 9:39 second during the stretch.

With just under three minutes left to play in the half, Parks and Matheson fired in back-to-back goals for the 49ers to take the 10-1 lead into the break.

Long Beach State picked up right where they left off as Leigh Auth scored on the 49ers' first possession at the 7:36 mark. The Poets (4-7) found a way to put two in the back of the cage in the third frame but the 49ers pounded in three more to take a 15-3 lead heading into the final quarter.

LBSU's bench erupted for a season-high seven goals in the fourth period as Abigail Oshiro and Sydney Stephenson each fired in a pair of goals en route to the 22-5 victory.

Jae Crabtree scored one of the Poet's two goals in the fourth to finish the evening with three goals.

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The 49ers return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 9th, at 11:40 a.m. against La Verne at Las Flores Park before wrapping up the Claremont Convergence at Haldeman Pool against Pomona-Pitzer at 5 p.m.

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