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LBSU Heads To Triton Invitational

Leigh Auth looks in to score during last weekend's game.

Feb. 5, 2014

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No. 11 Long Beach State at Triton Invitational
Hosted by UC San Diego
Dates: Sat.-Sun, Feb. 8-9
Location: San Diego, Calif. 

Long Beach State heads down to San Diego, Calif. this weekend for the Triton Invitational. The Beach are guaranteed to play four games over the weekend in a bracket style tournament. The 49ers will start the tournament against conference for UC Davis earl on Saturday morning. They will play the winner of UC Irvine and Cal State East Bay later in the day. At last year's Triton Invitational, The Beach posted a 3-1 record against four ranked teams and took fifth place. This year's bracket could be equally as challenging. 

Junior attacker Justine Morgan opened up the 2014 season with a nine goal weekend to lead The Beach to a 3-1 record. She continued to be a scoring threat last weekend with another two goals against San Diego State. She has scored in all five games to start the season and scored at least twice in four games, totaling 11 goals. She had 26 goals in all of 2013 but is on pace to surpass that mark in the first half of the season in 2014 with an average of over two goals per game. 

Senior goalie Kelly Ringel was locked in on Sunday, drawing cheers from the pool deck with some extremely athletic saves. Ringel stopped 12 shots against San Diego State and it seemed as though none were of the easy variety. Ringel appeared to be darting from post to post and reaching far longer than her 5-8 frame should. Now in her third year in a starting role, Ringel's performance came as no surprise to Beach fans in attendance. She currently ranks third all-time on LBSU's total saves list, surpassing the 600-save mark last weekend. She now has 609 saves in her career but still has a ways to go to catch Bri Hawkins' (2003-06) mark of 866 saves for second all time. 

Gavin Arroyo has been guiding the both LBSU water polo programs for the past six years and both programs have found recent success. The men's team has won at least 20 games in each of the last two years and the women's team is trying to duplicate that feat this year. With 11 more wins this year, Arroyo would get combined win No. 200 as head coach. Since the 2008-09 school year (when he took over the women's program in addition to coaching the men), Arroyo has posted a combined 161-160 record. 

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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