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No. 15 Long Beach State Goes 3-1 at LMU Invite After Saturday Sweep

March 18, 2017

Long Beach, Calif. - On the final day of a busy stretch for Long Beach State, the Beach battled Pomona-Pitzer and George Washington at the LMU Invite. LBSU squeaked by Pomona-Pitzer and dominated George Washington to finish 4-1 overall this week.

No. 15 Long Beach State 8, Pomona-Pitzer 6

Long Beach State began its second and final day at the LMU Invite against Pomona-Pitzer at 10:30 a.m. Pomona-Pitzer struck first in the opening period with a goal at the 7:20 mark. But the Beach would answer less than a minute later when Raney Remme scored off a nice pass from Tori Morrissey. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period.

It was more back and forth in the second. Pomona-Pitzer took a 2-1 lead over LBSU about a minute into the period. Tori Morrissey and Daniela Screnci of LBSU would both score a few minutes later to give the Beach the lead back. Each team would score once more before the period ended, giving Long Beach State a 4-3 lead at the half over the Sagehens.

Neither team could generate much offense in the third period. Christina Kotsia converted a power play opportunity at the 6:13 mark but Pomona-Pitzer scored with about three minutes to go in the period to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Beach heading into the fourth.

Marilia Mimidi opened the final period with a goal from the perimeter at the 6:55 mark. Pomona-Pitzer would answer about a minute later to make it a 6-5 game. Christina Kotsia scored her second power play goal of the game with 4:30 left in the game to give LBSU a 7-5 lead. With 3:06 remaining, Daniel Screnci scored on a long shot with the Sagehens goalie pulled out of the cage. Long Beach State would hold on to win by a score of 8-6.



No. 15 Long Beach State 13, George Washington 1

The Beach was back in the pool at 2:15 to take on George Washington.

In the opening period, Christina Kotsia gave LBSU an early lead with a perimeter goal assisted by Tori Morrissey. There was no more offense after that in the first as the Beach took a 1-0 advantage into the second period.

LBSU cranked up the offense in the second. Jackie Stanger scored from point blank range to put Long Beach State ahead 2-0 just 45 seconds into the period. Marilia Mimidi followed Stanger with her own score from right in front of the cage on a breakaway to extend the Beach’s lead to 3-0 with 6:25 to go in the half. Mimidi would score her second goal of the period on a power play a couple of minutes later thanks to a nice setup by Virginia Smith. With 2:54 remaining in the half, Paige Bennett blasted one into the cage to put LBSU up 5-0 over the Colonials. Bennett would score again just before the half ended to give Long Beach State a commanding 6-0 lead going into the break.

George Washington scored its first and only goal of the game about a minute into the third period on a power play. But Virginia Smith had an answer as she scored her first goal of the game on a lob shot to give the Beach a 7-1 lead. With about 3:30 left in the period, Annabel Harman scored a goal in transition a couple of seconds into a power play. Smith would strike again with 1:50 left in the third with a goal on a breakaway assisted by Harman to give LBSU a 9-1 advantage heading into the fourth period.

Cara Vejsicky started things off in the fourth with a goal from the inside on a power play with 6:11 to go in the game. Jackie Stanger scored her second of the game on a fastbreak setup from Luiz Moraes about a minute later to extend the Beach’s lead. Moraes would score one for herself on a power play with just under three minutes to go to give LBSU a 12-1 lead. Stanger would complete the hat trick with about 1:25 to play on a rebound after a missed shot by Daniela Screnci hit the post and bounced in front of the cage. Long Beach State would end up winning by a score of 13-1 over George Washington to close out their weekend at the Loyola Marymount Invitational.

Mimi Harris got the start in the cage and finished with seven saves.

Game 1:

No. 15 Long Beach State -- 1, 3, 1, 3 | 8

Pomona-Pitzer -- 1, 2, 1, 2 | 6


Long Beach State: Kotsia 3, Screnci 2, Mimidi, Morrissey, Remme

Pomona-Pitzer: Castro 2, Hill, Kahaulelio, McCracken, Yu


Long Beach State: Patras 9

Pomona-Pitzer: Earwood 11

Game 2:

No. 15 Long Beach State -- 1, 5, 3, 4 | 13

George Washington -- 0, 0, 1, 0 | 1


Long Beach State: Stanger 3, Bennett 2, Mimidi 2, Smith 2, Harman, Kotsia, Moraes, Vejsicky

George Washington: Bruno


Long Beach State: Harris 7

George Washington: Peyton 6, Runyon 4

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