Women's Water Polo Drops Heartbreaker In Hawaii
March 21, 2014
HONOLULU - A back and forth affair ended in heartbreaking fashion for the No. 12 Long Beach State women's water polo team as it fell 9-8 in double overtime at No. 11 Hawai'i. Hawaii's game-winning goal came with just 26 seconds left in the second overtime.
The lead went back and forth and the game needed extra periods before it was finally decided. Hawaii had two last minute goals to come away with the heartbreaking win. The first came in the fourth quarter and the second game in the second overtime.
With the Beach up 7-6 in the fourth quarter, Emily Carr found the back of the net for Hawaii to tie things up with just 23 seconds left in regulation. Carr then put Hawai'i up in the overtime period only to have the Beach answer.
Long Beach State drew an ejection foul to earn a 5-meter shot. Coriann Snyder converted the free opportunity to tie the game back up at 8-8. Caity Lopes Da Silva scored the game-winner with 26 seconds to go to lift Hawaii.
LBSU had erased an early deficit as they went down 2-1 after the first quarter and trailed 4-3 at the half. However, Chelsea Parks was the only player to score in the third quarter for either side and she did so twice to give the Beach its first lead. Both goals came within the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Hawaii immediately tied things up in the fourth but Christina Kotsia answered moments later for LBSU. She scored again with 2:41 left to break another tie and give LBSU the late lead.
Kelly Ringel made 13 saves, including three in the overtime periods for the Beach.
LBSU will take on No. 1 USC tomorrow in Honolulu, Hawaii.
LBSU 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 0 | 8
UH 2, 2, 0, 3, 1, 1 | 9
LBSU goals: Kotsia 2, Parks 2, Snyder 2, Brooks, Veselik