No. 11 Women's Water Polo Heads to Lancer Invitational
Feb. 13, 2013
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LOOKING AHEAD: The eleventh-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team heads to the Inland Empire February 15-16, for the Lancer Invitational. The two-day eight-team tournament will be played at the Lancer Aquatics Center in Riverside, Calif. as Cal Baptist plays host.
The 49ers (3-1) will be making their first-ever appearance at the Lancer Invitational since women's water polo became a varsity sport in 1998 at Long Beach State.
EYEING THE COMPETITION: The women's water polo team faces off against No. 2 USC Friday, February 15, at noon to open the Lancer Invitational. The 49ers will look to make some history and get their first victory ever over the Trojans Friday. USC comes into the tournament with a 4-0 record having won the Triton Invitational this past weekend.
Long Beach State then faces tournament host, Cal Baptist (0-7), at 4:30 p.m. to wrap up day one. LBSU leads the head-to-head series against the Lancers 7-0, with the most recent match in 2010 in favor of the 49ers 7-6.
The Beach will start day two of the tournament off with Occidental at 10:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The 49ers have only faced the Tigers (2-0) four times in school history with the first match back in 2000, a 15-4 victory for LBSU. Long Beach State won its last meeting with the Tigers 10-8 in head coach Gavin Arroyo's second year at the helm.
The 49ers will wrap up the tournament facing The Calgary Renegades, a club team from Calgary, Canada. The Renegades will be the first of two Canadian club teams LBSU will face this season. This will be the first time that Long Beach State has faced an international club team during the regular season.
TRITON INVITE IN REVIEW: The 49ers emerged from the Triton Invitational 3-1 having defeated three ranked teams including a pair of Big West opponents to take fifth-place. Long Beach State defeated the Wolverines 8-6 to pick up its first win on the season. The victory marked the first time the 49ers have won their first match of the season under head coach Gavin Arroyo and only the eighth-time in program-history.
LBSU however couldn't overcome a barrage of counter-attacks from seventh-ranked San Diego State in overtime and fell to the Aztecs 7-6 to conclude the first day of competition. Junior Kelly Ringel recorded 10 saves in the effort.
Long Beach State was tested once again Sunday morning in overtime as it faced No. 17 Cal State Northridge 14 hours after its match against the Aztecs. The outcome however would be in favor of the 49ers this time around with a 10-8 victory over the Matadors. Chelsea Parks and Christina Kotsia led the team with four goals apiece
LBSU was pitted against another Big West foe in No. 13 UC Santa Barbara for the fifth-place match to wrap up the two-day tournament. The 49ers rallied back from a 6-3 deficit at half-time to outscore the Gauchos 6-1 in the second half for the 9-7 victory. Coriann Snyder found the back of the cage twice in the fourth quarter while senior Melissa Matheson scored the go-ahead goal with just over a minute to play to put the game away.
GETTING THEIR FEET WET: All three freshmen that saw action for the 49ers at the Triton Invitational recorded their first collegiate goal.
Christina Kotsia did not waste any time in the pool recording her first collegiate goal with 43 seconds left in the first period vs. No. 11 Michigan. The freshmen was held scoreless against seventh-ranked San Diego State but would coming roaring back the next day against No. 17 Cal State Northridge with four goals, three of which came on penalty shots. The Greek native would score another pair of goals against No. 13 UCSB to conclude the tournament with eight goals.
Kayla Robert got her jitters out against No. 11 Michigan and found the back of the cage twice, both in set, against No. 7 San Diego State.
Southpaw Leigh Auth also notched her first collegiate goal as a 49er with a rocket past UCSB's goalie in the third period with 18 seconds left on the clock.