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.
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
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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