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Beach Water Polo Falls To SDSU, Tops Brown In Triple Header

Sophomore Mimi Harris had a season-high 11 saves in her first full match against Brown.
March 31, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. -

No. 16 Long Beach State women’s water polo dropped a one-goal match to No. 20 San Diego State, 8-7, but bounced back to finish the day with a win over Brown, 7-4. Sophomore Virginia Smith scored five goals over the two matches, including a game-high four goals over Brown.

LBSU vs. San Diego State

The Beach battled but surrendered their first loss at home to SDSU with a similar outcome as earlier in the season at the Triton Invitational. Sophomore Emily Garczynski went 3-for-4, scoring all three goals while on the 6-on-5 man advantage.

The match stayed close throughout with just a one or two goal margin between the teams. The Aztecs jumped out to a 2-1 lead early on as SDSU’s Caroline Israels and Tayla Walsh scored the pair of goals. LBSU’s Garczynski gave the Beach their first goal with a shot from the perimeter on the man advantage.

The 49ers evened the match after the second at 3-3, scoring two goals and holding SDSU to one. Sophomore Alexandra Massier buried the backhand shot inside while on the man advantage to even the score early on. The Aztecs’ Israels grabbed her second off a 5-meter penalty shot, but Virginia Smith tied the game up as the shot clock was about to expire.

Senior Alexis Butler had five saves in the first half for the Beach, and Rachel Mitchell had six for SDSU.

Both teams came up even after three periods, scoring two goals apiece. SDSU struck first as Nikole Ferrari scored an exclusion goal to go up 4-3 over the Beach. Senior Jessica Brooks evened the match for LBSU with a perimeter shot on the power play. Senior Emily Matheson gave LBSU their first lead of the match with a nice backhand goal inside, but the Aztecs came back with a goal by Hannah Carrillo to even things up once again, 5-5.

SDSU took a two-goal lead early in the fourth quarter, the second from both Walsh and Carrillo. Garczynski grabbed her second of the match from the perimeter on the man advantage to cut the deficit to one, 7-6, but Walsh snuck in another skip shot for the hat trick and a two-goal lead for her team.

Garczynski didn’t quit, scoring her third exclusion goal of the match to make it a one-goal game with 2:17 to go. With under a minute left, Smith had the equalizer in her hands, but the shot just missed off the crossbar.

Butler finished with seven saves, and Mitchell with nine.


LBSU vs. Brown

Both teams started off cold on the chilly, 63-degree night at the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center. The teams came up even to start the match, as both scored one goal apiece. Sophomore Virginia Smith struck first a second after time expired on the man advantage. Brown sophomore Jessica Heilman answered back with an exclusion goal to tie things up after one.

LBSU took a two-goal lead going into the half after scoring two and holding the Bears scoreless in the second.

After winning the sprint in the second period, senior Jessica Brooks made a nice pass to a cutting Smith inside for the tip in. Freshman Tori Morrissey piled on another goal while on the man advantage to put LBSU up 3-1 with under six minutes to go.

Sophomore Marriette Harris started in goal for the Beach, and tallied six saves in the first half. Starting goalie for Brown Marisol Dakan had five saves.

Heilman helped Brown to just a one-goal deficit two minutes into the third with her second goal of the match, also on the power play. For the first five minutes, LBSU came close but couldn’t find the back of the net with at least three shots going off the right crossbar. It wasn’t until the 2:39 mark that freshman Karley Kraft had her shot go in from the perimeter for the 4-2 lead over Brown.

Smith netted her third goal of the match with less than 15 seconds left to play as Daniela Screnci grabbed the offensive rebound and dished it out. The ball made its way around to Smith, who shot it in to give the Beach a 5-2 lead going into the fourth.

The Bears came out on the offensive to start the final period as senior Olivia Santiago scored a goal in the opening minute, but Smith answered on the next possession with her fourth goal of the match to keep LBSU’s three-goal advantage. Junior Marisa Kolokotronis scored her first of the match midway through the period, but Brown couldn’t make another. Senior Jessica Brooks netted a long perimeter shot with two minutes to give the Beach their seventh goal.

Harris made key saves on the exclusion during the fourth, where Brown could have easily cut the deficit to one or tied the match. She ended with 11 saves, and Dakan finished with eight.


BOX SCORE vs. San Diego State


 

 

FINAL RESULTS
No. 20 San Diego State 8, No. 16 Long Beach State 7
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 3/31/16


SCORING BY PERIODS

1
2
3
4
FINAL
SDSU
2
1
2
3
8
LBSU
1
2
2
2
7

 
Goals:
SDSU -
Tayla Walsh 3, Caroline Israels 2, Hannah Carrillo 2, Nikole Ferrari
LBSU - Emily Garczynski 3, Alexandra Massier, Jessica Brooks, Emily Matheson, Virginia Smith


Saves:
SDSU -
Rachel Mitchell, 9
LBSU - Alexis Butler, 7


BOX SCORE vs. Brown

FINAL RESULTS
Brown 4, No. 16 Long Beach State 7
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 3/31/16


SCORING BY PERIODS

1
2
3
4
FINAL
BROWN
1
0
1
2
4
LBSU
1
2
2
2
7

 
Goals:
BROWN -
Jessica Heilman 2, Olivia Santiago, Marisa Kolokotronis
LBSU - Virginia Smith 4, Tori Morrissey, Karley Kraft, Jessica Brooks


Saves:
BROWN -
Marisol Dakan, 8
LBSU - Marriette Harris, 11





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