49ers Ride Nine-Game Winning Streak into Claremont Convergence
March 6, 2013
49ERS IN THE POLLS: Long Beach State kept its spot at No. 9 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll this week with 59 points. This marks the first week LBSU hasn't moved up in the polls since starting competition at the Triton Invitational.
NINE HIGH: The women's water polo team puts their nine-game winning streak on the line as they face four opponents from the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference at the Claremont Convergence. The 49ers are just two wins shy of surpassing the 10-game winning streak set by the 2003 squad, the most-successful team in program history.
With the four-game sweep over their opponents at the Posada Royale last weeknd, the 49ers have already matched their 12 wins from last season with 18 matches remaining including the Big West Tournament.
GOALIE WATCH: Kelly Ringel's 413 saves to date puts her just two saves shy of taking sole possession of fourth on the all-time career-saves list. With 18 matches remaining, the Long Beach, Calif. native could possibly take over the third position held by Amanda Wightman (552) who played from 1999-2002.
ONE LAST TIME: The Long Beach State women's water polo team will play in its final non-conference tournament this Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, at the Claremont Convergence. The two-day 17-team tournament will be played on the campuses of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer, and at the La Verne Aquatic Center.
The last time LBSU participated in the convergence, The Beach went 3-1 losing only to Arizona State in 2011.
SCOUTING THE SCIAC: The 49ers (12-2) open the tournament on Friday with a 10 a.m. contest against Redlands at Haldeman Pool before closing out the day vs. Whittier (4-5) at Axelrood Pool for a 3:20 p.m. match. LBSU currently holds a two-game winning streak against the Bulldogs (3-5) and have only faced the Poets once in school history with the result in favor of the 49ers 20-6.
LBSU opens day two with an 11:40 a.m. match with La Verne at Las Flores Park and then faces Pomona-Pitzer at 5 p.m. for the night-capper to conclude the tournament. The one and only time Long Beach State and the Leopards (3-5) faced off was back in 2000 with a 15-2 49er victory. The Beach looks to extend its head-to-head series record against the Sagehens (3-5) which stands at 3-0.
LAST TIME OUT: The women's water polo team came out of the Posada Royale victorious last weekend outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 57-11 to finish 4-0. Chelsea Parks led all scorers with eight while Christina Kotsia, Melissa Matheson, and Coriann Snyder were right on her tails with seven.
Kayla Robert led the 49ers with her first-career hat-trick in their 15-3 victory over Azusa Pacific to open the tournament. Cori Reynolds and Alex Wheeler, a pair of freshman, didn't waste any time as they both collected their first collegiate goals in the fourth quarter against the Cougars.
Abigail Oshiro joined Reynolds and Wheeler for her first-career goal in the latter half of the final period against Cal Lutheran as Long Beach State cruised to a 17-3 win.
Kotsia collected her third hat-trick of the year as the 49ers dominated Occidental 13-3 to start day two.
Justine Morgan recorded her first hat-trick of the season as the LBSU wrapped up the tournament defeating Chapman 12-2. Parks also recorded her third hat-trick of the year against the Panthers to join Kotsia.
BY THE NUMBERS: Per the Big West Conference Release on Feb. 28th, Long Beach State was ranked first in the conference in team defense allowing just 6.10 goals per game edging sixth-ranked UC Irvine by .03 for the top spot. LBSU is conversely last in the conference in team goals with 92, but played at least four less games than all other teams in the Big West.
Junior Kelly Ringel's 6.44 goals against average placed her third amongst keepers in the GAA category as well as fifth in the saves category with 10.38 saves per game.