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Women's Water Polo Ready To Open 2014 At UCSB Winter Invite
Coriann Snyder is one of six seniors returning to lead the 2014 squad.

Coriann Snyder is one of six seniors returning to lead the 2014 squad.

Jan. 22, 2014

No. 11 Long Beach State vs. No. 4 Cal
Date:
Saturday, Jan. 25
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Pool: Rec Center Pool 

No. 11 Long Beach State vs. No. 20 Pacific
Date: 
Saturday, Jan. 25
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Pool: Campus Pool

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State7
Long Beach State @ Cal10
April 24, 2008
San Diego, Calif.
49ers Get Close, Can't Upset Cal at MPSFs
SAN DIEGO-- Seventh-seeded California (17-9) defeated No. 10 seed Long Beach State (15-16), 10-7, in the first round of the MPSF Championships Thursday afternoon at Aztec Aquaplex in a match that saw four ties and three lead changes in the first half.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State8
Pacific6
March 29, 2013
Stockton, Calif.
Kotsia's Sixth Hat-Trick of the Season Lifts 49ers past Tigers
The No. 9 women's water polo team held Pacific scoreless in the final period to hold on for the 8-6 victory Friday night The 49ers had a balance attack from Christina Kotsia's sixth hat-trick of the season while Chelsea Parks and Kayla Robert chipped in with two. The victory over UOP gave LBSU both its first victory in Big West Conference play as well as its fourth 20-win season in program history.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State14
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps6
March 24, 2012
Claremont, Calif.
The Last Meeting
Long Beach State6
CSU Bakersfield8
March 10, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif.
49ers nearly pull off upset of No. 12 Indiana, but lose a pair of matches at the Roadrunner Invitational
Long Beach State nearly pulled off a big upset to start Saturday at the Roadrunner Invitational, but lost by a goal to No. 12 Indiana and then lost to hosts Cal State Bakersfield on the first day of the tournament.

No. 11 Long Beach State vs. Bakersfield
Date: 
Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 9:10 a.m.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Pool: Campus Pool

No. 11 Long Beach State vs. Claremont-M-S
Date: 
Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Pool: Rec Center Pool

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STARTING IN THE RANKINGS: After a 2013 season that exceeded expectations, Long Beach State will start the 2014 season in the CWPA's top-20. The Beach finished 2013 at No. 8 and will begin 2014 at No. 11. It is the highest preseason national ranking for The Beach since 2006 when it started the season at No. 7. Last year, LBSU began the season unranked but quickly climbed into the top-10 on its way to a stellar 25-7 record and a third place finish in the Big West Tournament.

MIND THE NET: Kelly Ringel returns in goal for her third year as a starter and will look for her third consecutive season with 200+ saves. Last year, Ringel stopped 274 shots for a career-best year. She averaged nearly 10 per game. Her 5.74 goals against average also helped earn her postseason recognition with All-Big West Honorable Mention. She comes into the 2014 season ranking third on the 49ers all-time saves list with 565. Her 274 saves last year was the second highest total in school history.

POUND THE NET: While Ringel protects the net on one side of the pool, LBSU returns its top-3 scorers from last year. Seniors Chelsea Parks and Coriann Snyder were two top scorers from 2013 with 60 and 39 goals, respectively. Parks' 60 goals marked the seventh highest single season in 49er history and moved her to ninth on the all-time scoring list with 120 career goals. Snyder also eclipsed 100 goals last year, becoming the 14th 49er to do so.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: A handful of freshmen made immediate impacts to last year's team, including a 50 goal season from Christina Kotsia. With 17 newcomers, freshmen should again have an immediate impact again as the 2014 season progresses. Kayla Robert and Leigh Auth also played in all 32 games last year as a freshmen and could see increased roles as underclassmen.

STRONG START: Last year's record-breaking run began with a 3-1 record against ranked opponents for The Beach. That was just weekend number one of the season. The 49ers will have another chance to make some early season noise with a matchup with No. 4 Cal in their very first game. Later that day, they will play No. 20 Pacific. Their 3-1 start from a year ago prompted an amazing 17-2 run over their first 19 games that saw the team rise all the way into the top-10 of the CWPA poll. A win against No. 4 Cal would potentially provide the same lift.

COMING HOME EARLY: The Beach will make an early season appearance at LBSU's Campus Pool next week on Sunday, Feb. 2. No. 10 San Diego State will roll into town for a noon matchup of former conference rivals. Last year, 49er fans had to just five chances to check out the team and LBSU posted a 3-2 record in home games. It wasn't until Mar. 12 that The Beach played at home. This year, The Beach will welcome in their fans for even home games and are home twice in February, three times in March and twice more in April.

POSTSEASON AT THE BEACH: The Big West Tournament will take its turn in Long Beach this year with Long Beach State hosting the conference-wide tournament. The tournament to decide the Big West's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament runs Apr. 25-27 in the Campus Pool.


 

 

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