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Beach Water Polo Dominates Pomona-Pitzer For Third Straight Win

Sophomore Alexandra Massier scored the first hat trick of the game.
April 9, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. -

No. 17 Long Beach State dominated Pomona-Pitzer on both ends of the pool, defeating the Sagehens 18-4. The Beach now owns a 6-1 record at the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center.

The Beach jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first, as five different 49ers scored. Sophomore Mimi Harris got the start for LBSU, shutting out the Sagehens in the period.

LBSU scored on their first three possessions as sophomore Alexandra Massier started the scoring with an inside goal after senior Jessica Brooks won the sprint. In the next possession, Emily Garczynski netted a perimeter goal on the exclusion. Tori Morrissey got the goal on the next possession with a nice pass from Brooks across the pool to the freshman who shot it in for the 3-0 lead with just under six minutes to go. The next three goals came from the perimeter. Annabel Harman grabbed two of them (one on the man advantage) and Taylor Julson netted the other.

The 49ers were on the attack to start the second, but their first two shots went off the post. Either way, LBSU found a way to score with Massier netting her second on the inside with a pass from Virginia Smith. Pomona had their best opportunity to score with 5:11 left to go, but the shot hit the lower post and was stuffed by the Beach.

The Beach had a pretty play for the next goal from Daniela Screnci. Shelby Rascon pushed the ball up and passed it to a cutting Bridget Reynolds who made the touch pass to a cutting Screnci for the goal.

The Sagehens had another opportunity as Kyla Pickell was right in front of the net, but Harris was there to make the save. LBSU's next two goals were 5-meter penalty shots as Reynolds and Screnci shot them in for the Beach.

Pomona had their first goal of the game with two seconds left in the half as Harris went in for the steal, but lost the joust to the Sagehens' Natalie Hill who threw it into an open net. LBSU still led after one half, 10-1.

Smith and Brooks had their first goals of the game to start the second half. Smith stole the ball and went one-on-one with the goalie while fighting off her defender. Brooks shot one off the perimeter for the goal.

Junior Christina Williamson had Pomona's second goal of the match with a shot from the inside.

Garczynski scored the third 5-meter penalty shot for the Beach midway through the period, and Julson came in two minutes later with her second goal of the match. LBSU led 14-2 through three.

Massier nailed the hat trick with a tough, turn around shot inside. The Sagehens answered back with Hill's second goal of the match to make it 15-3 in favor of the Beach. Harman came back with her third goal on another nice play by the 49ers. With the shot clock winding down and players started to swim down to the other end, Brooks passed it inside to senior Emily Matheson who was battling for position. Matheson then made a quick pass to an open Harman for the goal.

Screnci buried her second 5-meter penalty shot with two minutes left, but Pomona's Jocelyn Castro came back with a goal inside. Reynolds grabbed her second goal with a skip shot for the final goal of the match.

Pomona falls to 10-15 overall as LBSU improves to 15-9 overall after the non-conference match.

LBSU will travel to conference opponent Hawai'i next week for their lone match of the week. The game is set to begin at 9 p.m. PT.

BOX SCORE vs. Pomona-Pitzer



Pomona-Pitzer 4, No. 17 Long Beach State 18
Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center · Long Beach, Calif. · 4/9/16




PPU - Natalie Hill 2, Christina Williamson, Jocelyn Castro
LBSU - Alexandra Massier 3, Annabel Harman 3, Daniela Screnci 3, Emily Garczynski 2, Taylor Julson 2, Bridget Reynolds 2, Tori Morrissey, Virginia Smith, Jessica Brooks


PPU - Ahsha Earwood 2, Morgan Stockham 3
LBSU - Mimi Harris 3, Alba Dominguez 1

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