April 28, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Third times a charm for the 2013 Long Beach State women's water polo team as the 49ers upended the No. 3 seed San Diego State 8-6 at the Big West Tournament Sunday afternoon to claim third-place. Coriann Snyder led the way for LBSU with a hat-trick while Kelly Ringel finished eight saves.
The win over SDSU marks the best finish in program history for the 2013 squad finishing 25-7 overall and 4-3 in Big West Play. The upset over San Diego State is also the 11th ranked opponent The Beach has defeated this year. The last time the 49ers defeated the Aztecs was back in February of 2006.
LBSU was the first lower-seeded team to win in this year's tournament in its defeat of SDSU.
It took a while before either team could find the back of the net but Coriann Snyder fired in a cannon shot past Rachel Mitchell of SDSU. The lead however was short lived as the Aztec's Anique Hermann scored on two consecutive counter attacks making it 2-1 after the first.
Following an ordinary foul, Snyder broke free of her defender and scored the equalizer at 5:11 in the second.
Defensed tightened up for both teams until about the two minute mark when both teams went toe-to-toe exchanging goals as SDSU took a 4-3 lead into the break.
Snyder put the ball in the net once again for LBSU and knotted things up at four all at 6:42 for her hat-trick. Chelsea Parks gave the 49ers their first lead, 5-4, since the opening goal at the 1:57 mark after Julie Lantz drew an exclusion while in set.
Taelor Moreno however answered right back 11 seconds later to tie the match up. Christina Kotsia took advantage of the double exclusion and fired in a booming shot past the Aztec's Mitchell for the 6-5 lead going into the final period.
Parks extended the lead to 7-5 on The Beach's next possession before Emily Whalen put San Diego State within one with 3:44 left in the game.
With the Aztecs swimming full steam ahead on the counter attack, Ringel went out past the five-meter line and grabbed a crucial steal for LBSU. As the shot clock wound down, senior Claire Martin pounded the ball into the cage for her second of the day to cement the 8-6 upset victory.
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