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Beach Water Polo Goes 2-0 In Big West Play, Tops No. 25 CSUN

Freshman Tori Morrissey scored a career-high five goals in the win over CSUN.
April 3, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. -

No. 16 Long Beach State women's water polo went 2-0 in Big West play after topping No. 25 Cal State Northridge 10-4 at the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center. Freshman Tori Morrissey had a career-high five goals, and senior Alexis Butler grabbed a game-high 10 saves in the win.

The Beach started off strong, scoring three goals and leaving CSUN scoreless to start. Freshman Tori Morrissey gave LBSU two of the three goals, and sophomore Emily Garczynski continued to stay hot getting one in between.

Morrissey's first shot came midway through the period with a skip shot from the perimeter. Garczynski came back the next possession with a skip shot of her own.  On the possession after that, sophomore Virginia Smith gave the pass to an open Morrissey who skipped it under CSUN goalie Niki Van Vugt for the 3-0 lead.

LBSU killed two Matador man advantages in the period.

The Beach scored another four goals in the second, allowing just two goals from CSUN. Morrissey scored her third goal, Garczynski her second, and Smith and freshman Karley Kraft's first were scored in the period.

Smith scored early on the 6-on-5 man advantage with 7:10 to go in the second, but the Matadors came back with two in a row. Their first goal came from sophomore Amy Yule who connected on a shot inside.  Katelyn Fairchild scored the second goal for CSUN with a perimeter shot. LBSU went on to score three consecutive goals to end the half. Morrissey and Garczynski scored their goals just as the time on their man advantage expired.

Senior Emily Matheson created the second possession for the Beach, grabbing the offensive rebound while on the power play. The ball made its way to Morrissey who shot it in. Karley Kraft scored a perimeter shot for her first of the match, and Garczynski's shot bounced in for LBSU's 7-2 lead at the half.

Morrissey grabbed her fourth goal of the match on the man advantage, matching her career-high.  CSUN scored their third of the match on the second possession. Butler made the initial save, but Pollei pushed it in for the goal. Smith came back on the other end and scored her second of the match, giving LBSU the 9-3 cushion going into the fourth period.

LBSU scored on the first possession as Smith won the sprint.  Sophomore Alexandra Massier drew the 5-meter penalty, which gave the ball to Morrissey for her new career-high and fifth goal of the match. Fairchild netted her second goal of the day on the man advantage, but CSUN's offense couldn't match.

Butler finished with 10 saves serving as the anchor for the Beach's defense, holding CSUN's leading scorer Madeleine Sanchez to 0-for-6 shooting. She now has The Matador's Van Vugt played the first half grabbing one save on the exclusion, and Natalie Averell took over the second half for a total of five saves.

Butler now has 119 total saves in the season. Marriette Harris, who played her first full game against Brown earlier in the week, has 40 total saves.

After today's performance, Morrissey moved up as the second leading scorer on the team with 32 goals. Smith continues to stay on top with 39 goals. Emily Garczynski moved into 20 goals on the season after netting two in this win over CSUN.

- The Beach is now 5-1 at the Lindgren Aquatics Center, losing a one-goal heartbreaker to San Diego State earlier this week.

- Freshman Tori Morrissey had a game-leading, career-high match after scoring five against the Matadors. She scored her last career-high three goals in the match against Azusa Pacific back in Feb. 20. 
- Senior Alexis Butler has continued to shine, holding CSUN to four goals and matching her second-lowest goals allowed performance. Butler allowed just one goal against Bucknell in the 7-1 win and four goals against the win over UC Davis.
- LBSU goes 2-1 this week, improving to 14-9 overall and 2-0 Big West. CSUN falls to 10-16 overall and 0-2 Big West.



LBSU will play their second to last home match against Pomona-Pitzer next Saturday, Apr. 9 in the 49ers' lone game of the week and last non-conference match of the season.


No. 25 CSUN 4, No. 16 Long Beach State 10
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 4/3/16




CSUN - Katelyn Fairchild 2, Amy Yule, McKenzie Pollei
LBSU - Tori Morrissey 5, Virginia Smith 2, Emily Garczynski 2, Karley Kraft


CSUN - Niki Van Vugt 1, Natalie Averell 5
LBSU - Alexis Butler, 10

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