April 6, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team used a 6-2 run in the first half to sink No. 13 Cal State Northridge 11-5 at the Campus Pool Saturday afternoon. The win over CSUN marks the first time LBSU has been above the .500 mark in conference play since joining the Big West.
The 49ers are also now just two games shy of tying the school record for most wins in a single season set by the 2003 squad at 24.
With her goal 5:02 in the first quarter, Christina Kotsia extended her scoring-streak to 14 games. During the 14-game scoring streak, the freshman has fired in 28 goals.
Parks struck first for the 49ers (22-4, 3-2 Big West) and Kotsia followed with a penalty goal 42 seconds later to cap off the 2-0 run. The Matadors (20-9, 2-2 Big West) however answered with a 2-0 run of their own behind the shooting of Kelcie Ferreira to tie the match up at two after the first period.
Kotsia's spearheaded LBSU's 4-0 run in the second quarter with a rocket past CSUN's Kiernan Davis at 5:35. Martin then gave the 49ers a 6-2 lead heading into the half with a high-arching lob shot over the head Matador's keeper with one second remaining on the clock.
Ringel continued to be strong for The Beach between the pipes as the junior denied just about every shot taken by the Matadors. Leah Janke however sneaked one past keeper with 32 seconds left but LBSU took an 8-3 lead heading into the final period as Parks notched her third and fourth goal of the day.
Justine Morgan and Coriann Snyder extended the lead to 10-3 on back-to-back possessions for LBSU as Martin capped off the 49er offense with a screamer past CSUN's Davis making it 11-3. The Matadors rallied with two scores in the fourth but it was too little too late as LBSU went on to win 11-5.
The Long Beach State hits the road next Thursday, April 11, for their last non-conference match of the season against UC San Diego. The 49ers will then resume Big West play at home Sunday, April 14, against UC Santa Barbara at noon and will conclude conference play with UC Irvine Thursday, April 18th, at the Campus Pool for a 7 p.m. sprint.
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