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Beach Water Polo Still Undefeated In Big West, Upsets No. 7 Hawai'i 8-5

Head coach Gavin Arroyo has his best start to the conference in his time as head coach at LBSU.
April 16, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawai'i -

No. 16 Long Beach State women's water polo proved rank means nothing in a commanding 8-5 win over No. 7 Hawai'i Saturday evening at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Beach is now 3-0 in Big West play.

The freshmen took over to start, accounting for all four goals in the first period. Two freshmen from Hawai'i and two from the 49ers tied the match up at two at the end of one. Carla Abellan and Irene Gonzalez scored for Hawai'i. Annabel Harman shot a goal from the perimeter and Karley Kraft netted one on the 6-on-5 man advantage.

The Beach (16-9, 3-0 Big West) had the edge after two with another pair of goals in the second to the Wahine's one. Sophomores came through for LBSU in this period as Virginia Smith and Emily Garczynski both nabbed goals while on the man advantage. Freshman Julia Barton scored the lone goal for Hawai'i, who trailed 4-3 to end the first half.

LBSU came out of halftime with a strong third quarter showing, gaining a 7-4 lead over the `Bows. The seniors took over this period with two goals from Jessica Brooks and a nice backhanded goal from Emily Matheson. Hawai'i tied the match up to start of the period with Abellan scoring her second of the match, but Matheson came back with a nice shot inside. Brooks netted both her goals on the man advantage.

The Rainbow Wahine's Femke Aan cut the deficit to two with five minutes remaining, but were unable to score another as LBSU freshman Tori Morrissey scored a perimeter goal to seal the win.

LBSU's defense shines once again with senior Alexis Butler grabbing seven saves and holding Hawai'i to just five goals.

The `Bows (18-7, 3-2 Big West) end the regular season with two conference losses, being held to five goals in each match.

Long Beach State remain undefeated in the Big West as head coach Gavin Arroyo earns his best start to the conference in his time as head coach with the Beach. The 49ers have two more tests in No. 5 UC Irvine on the road next week, and No. 9 UC Santa Barbara on senior night to end the regular season.

LBSU concludes the regular season traveling to UCI on Thursday, Apr. 21 for a 7 p.m. match, and then hosting UCSB on Saturday, Apr. 23 for a noon matchup on Senior Day.



BOX SCORE vs. Hawai'i

No. 16 Long Beach State 8, No. 7 Hawai'i 5
Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 4/16/16




LBSU - Jessica Brooks 2, Annabel Harman, Karley Kraft, Virginia Smith, Emily Garczynski, Emily Matheson, Tori Morrissey
HAWAII - Carla Abellan 2, Irene Gonzalez, Julia Barton, Femke Aan


LBSU - Alexis Butler 7
HAWAII - Sarah Logan 6

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