Women's Water Polo Looks to Repeat Success at Posada Royale
Feb. 27, 2013
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49ERS IN THE POLLS: LBSU jumped one spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll to No. 9 in the nation after going 3-0 at the Fluid Four in Bloomington, Ind. last weekend defeating a pair ranked opponents in then No. 19 Michigan and No. 11 Indiana.
BATTLE ROYALE: The Long Beach State women's water polo team looks to continue its success and put its five-game winning streak on the line as the 49ers (8-2) head to Thousand Oaks, Calif. this weekend, March 2-3, for the Posada Royale hosted by Cal Lutheran University at Samuelson Aquatics Center.
The Beach will open tournament play Saturday morning with a contest against Azusa Pacific at 10:30 a.m. followed by tilt against the host, Cal Lutheran, at 3:10 p.m. LBSU returns Sunday morning at 11:40 a.m. for a rematch with Occidental before wrapping up the tournament with Chapman at 3:10 p.m.
The 49ers will be participating in the three-day 15-team tournament for the first time in school history.
THE NEW AND THE OLD: Long Beach State will be facing a pair of opponents that LBSU have yet to ever play this weekend in Azusa Pacific and Chapman University. The Cougars (2-12) hail from The PacWest while the Panthers (0-0) represent the SCIAC.
The 49ers will also face a pair of familiar foes in Occidental (2-2) and tournament host Cal Lutheran. LBSU recently defeated Occidental 13-6 at the Lancer Invitational to extend its series record against the Tigers to 5-0. The Beach has only faced the Regals (0-5) once in program history with the outcome in favor of the 49ers 14-7 at the Claremont Convergence back in 2011.
THE BEACH ROLLS THROUGH INDIANA: The 49ers came, saw, and conquered the Midwest going 3-0 at the Fluid Four in Bloomington, Ind. defeating a pair of ranked opponents in the process. Freshman Leigh Auth was named Student-Athlete of the Week as the Annapolis, Md. native led the 49ers with eight goals in the tournament.
With the wins, LBSU now holds a solid 5-1 record when playing in an indoor facility.
Long Beach State shook off the time change after going down 4-2 in the first period to outscore No. 19 Michigan 9-4 the rest of the game and hold on for the 11-8 victory behind Coriann Snyder's four goals along with Kelly Ringel's 12 saves.
The 49ers clawed back for the comeback victory in their night-capper against tournament host No. 11 Indiana 7-4 after being held scoreless in the first half. Justine Morgan led the way against the Hoosiers with a team-high two goals.
The women's water polo team wrapped up the tournament with a dominant 19-3 victory over the Presidents as Auth and fellow freshman Emily Matheson combined for nine of the 49ers' 19 goals. Long Beach State also defeated Canadian club team Dollard des Ormeaux 14-11 in an exhibition match prior to taking on the Presidents.
49ERS BY THE NUMBERS: With 10 games in the books, the 2013 women's water polo team have made some splashes in the history books. Head coach Gavin Arroyo notched his 50th win since taking over the women's program in 2009 after the 49ers came back to defeat then No. 11 Indiana.
Long Beach State's recent 19-3 victory over Washington & Jefferson tied the mark for largest-margin of victory (16) from 2000 when the 49ers defeated Cal State San Bernardino 17-1.
With 96 saves so far in the books for 2013, Kelly Ringel is just 28 saves shy of taking sole-possession of fourth place on the all-time career saves list.
Senior Melissa Matheson also tied the school record for most goals-scored in a single-game with a whopping six goals against Occidental at the Lancer Invitational.