April 25, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – A pair of hat tricks and some shutdown efforts on the defensive end led the Long Beach State women’s water polo team to a 12-7 win over UC Santa Barbara in the quarterfinal of the Big West Tournament. Chelsea Parks had four goals to lead the Beach and Justine Morgan had three in the win.
UC Santa Barbara took the early lead with a 6-on-5 goal from Samantha Murphy but the lead didn’t last long as Coriann Snyder rifled a shot past the goalie to tie up the match. The Beach would not trail the rest of the way as Chelsea Parks hit her first goal of the day on a five-meter shot.
Miranda Schrader tied it back up at 2-2 for UCSB in another 6-on-5 situation but Hilary Veselik redirected a pass into the net for a 3-2 Beach lead and Parks floated one in to the top right corner for a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.
Another four-goal output in the second quarter boosted LBSU’s lead to 8-4 at halftime. Morgan scored twice more for the Beach to bookend the quarter. After the Gauchos climbed back within one, Christina Kotsia found the back of the net from distance as the shot clock expired to put the lead back at two goals.
The defense stole the spotlight in the third quarter as a flurry of blocked shots combined with a save from Kelly Ringel to keep UCSB scoreless in the quarter. Meanwhile, Snyder converted a penalty shot into a goal while Parks and Leigh Auth also scored in the quarter to see the lead rise to 11-4.
With the match nearly in hand, Parks added her fourth goal of the contest early in the fourth. UCSB continued to fight and scored three late goals but were not able to climb back in the match as time ran out.
With two goals and four goals, respectively, both Snyder and Parks reached the 50-goal mark for the season.
The Beach advances to face top-seeded UC Irvine tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Campus Pool.
#5 UCSB: 2, 2, 0, 3 | 7
#4 LBSU: 4, 4, 3, 1 | 12
UCSB goals: Fitzgerald 2, Christian, Murphy, Schrader, Shore, Solberg
LBSU goals: Parks 4, Morgan 3, Snyder 2, Auth, Kotsia, Veselik
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