April 27, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - The duo of Monika Eggens and Amarens Genee proved to be too much as the Long Beach State women's water polo team fell to the No. 1 seed Hawai'i, 10-5, Saturday afternoon at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. Sophomore Justine Morgan led the 49ers for the second day in a row with two goals.
Kelly Ringel notched 10 saves on the day to surpass Amanda Wightman for third on the career-saves list with her 553rd save. The junior also moved up to number two on the single-season saves list to pass her previous mark of 265 saves last year.
The Beach (24-7, 4-3 Big West) offense couldn't find its groove in the first period as Hawai'i jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the 49ers behind Eggens two goals.
Eggens continued to pace the UH (20-9, 7-1 Big West) offense with another pair of strikes to put the Rainbow Wahine up 5-0 with 2:04 left in the half.
Chelsea Parks broke the ice for LBSU with a power-play strike out of a timeout with seven seconds remaining to go into the break trailing 5-1.
Christina Kotsia found the back of the net on the 49ers' first possession to start the second half for LBSU. Hawai'i however extended its lead back to five at 7-2, but Coriann Snyder threaded the needle for a top-shelf goal with 39 seconds left on the clock.
UH was primed to score on the counter-attack but junior Ringel leaped just high enough to bat the ball back down on the 1-on-1 with Eggens. The Rainbow Wahine however wedged a couple goals in between Morgan's lob shot over UH's Amy Carlson for the 9-4 lead.
Both teams would exchange goals once more as Hawai'i claimed the 10-5 victory to advance to the championship game Sunday afternoon.
Eggens finished with a game-high five goals for UH while Genee followed with three to account for eight of the team's 10 goals.
The 49ers will compete for third-place in their final match of the season against the loser between UC Irvine and San Diego State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Anteater Aquatics Complex.
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