March 9, 2013
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The No. 9 Long Beach State women's water polo team kept their winning-streak alive Sunday defeating both La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 14-3 to make it 13 straight games.
Chelsea Parks wrapped up day two with four scores to close out the tournament with a whopping 12 goals while Justine Morgan and Christina Kotsia each chipped in with seven. Junior Kelly Ringel finished the weekend with 19 saves.
Game 1: #9 Long Beach State 14 - La Verne 3
LBSU continued to dominate on day two of the convergence with a 14-3 victory over La Verne at Las Flores Park Sunday morning behind hat-tricks from Morgan and Parks while freshman Alexis Butler recorded six saves in the cage.
The 49er's starters got some rest for a change while the bench played the entire first half.
Catie Tuning put La Verne up on the board at 7:12 ending an 8:48 scoreless drought. The 49ers however responded with a 3-0 run capped off by Rachel Cretcher's penalty shot with 14 seconds remaining to end the first half up 5-1.
The usual starters began the second half as Parks rattled in two of her of three goals in the third period as LBSU held ULV scoreless once again in the third frame.
The Leopards put two more on the board in the fourth period but it was too little too late as Long Beach State fired off five-straight goals en route to a 14-3 victory.
Game 2: #9 Long Beach State 14 - Pomona-Pitzer 3
Nine separate players scored as the 49ers cruised to a 14-3 win over a physical Pomona-Pitzer team Sunday evening at Haldeman Pool to finish the weekend 4-0 behind Kotsia's four goals while Ringel grabbed six saves.
Coriann Snyder got the offense started for The Beach on its first possession at 7:07 with Robert knocking in back-to-back goals to finish the first quarter up 4-1.
The 49ers held the Sagehens scoreless in the second frame to go up 8-1 as Matheson smashed one into the back of the cage on the counter-attack with 38 seconds remaining in the half.
Long Beach State's defense continued to frustrate Pomona-Pitzer in the third frame holding the Sagehens without a goal until Alyssa Woodward scored at the 56 second mark. Woodward's goal finally ended a scoring drought for Pomona-Pitzer that lasted 15 minutes and 13 seconds.
Woodward scored once more with 2:20 remaining in the final period for her hat-trick as she was the only source of offense the Sagehens had all evening.
The 49ers tacked on three more goals in the final two minutes for the 14-3 win.
Long Beach State returns to action March 12th and 15th for a two-game home stand. The 49ers will first entertain Bucknell Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for a non-conference match before opening Big West Conference play with a 3 p.m. contest against the Rainbow Wahine of Hawai'i Friday, March 15th.
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