March 6, 2014
No. 12 Long Beach State at Claremont Convergence
LAST TOURNAMENT WEEKEND FOR THE BEACH
Long Beach State will take on its final tournament schedule of the year this weekend at the Claremont Convergence. LBSU’s four games in two days will feature matchups with Azusa Pacific, Pomona-Pitzer, Chapman and Whittier. It will mark the fourth weekend for the Beach this season in playing four games in two days. With the conference schedule less than a month away, the schedule will begin to slow down for Long Beach State.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Long Beach State lit up the scoreboard all weekend long 57 goals at the Cal Lutheran Invitational. The lowest scoring game for the Beach was an 11-3 win over Cal State East Bay. The largest output of the weekend and the season came hours later as the 49ers scored 19 times in a 19-2 rout of La Verne. On the year, the 49ers are now averaging over nine goals per game with senior Chelsea Parks leading the offensive charge with 25 goals this year.
DEFENSE LOCKS DOWN OPPONENTS
While Long Beach State was busy hanging up 57 goals on the scoreboard, the defense held opponents to just 13 goals in four games over the weekend. So far this season, Long Beach State has allowed an opponent to reach double digit goals only three times. Two of those games came against No. 4 Cal. The Beach allows just over six goals per game on average while scoring an average of nine per game.
ARROYO’S 200TH WIN ON THE HORIZON
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. He has won 118 games as the men’s coach and 78 games as the women’s coach for 196 total wins in his career. With four wins this weekend, Arroyo would get combined win No. 200 as a 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 168-164 record.
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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