Water Polo Returns Home To Face Bucknell
The Beach will put its eight-game winning streak on the line on Thursday.
March 12, 2014
No. 12 Long Beach State vs. Bucknell
Day: Thursday, Mar. 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Pool: Campus Pool
BACK HOME FOR ONE
Long Beach State ended the tournament portion of its schedule last week and will be entering into the final month prior to the Big West Tournament this weekend. The 49ers welcome Bucknell into the Campus Pool on Thursday for the first of its final three nonconference games. The Bison came out to the West Coast during the spring break and will be right in the middle of an eight-game swing in California.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Long Beach State lit up the scoreboard with 57 goals at the Cal Lutheran Invitational and backed it up with 69 goals at the Claremont Convergence. The huge offensive weekend for the Beach was highlighted by a pair of 20-goal efforts on Saturday that equated to 41 goals being scored. Coriann Snyder scored five goals in the Beach’s 21-5 win over Chapman for the highest individual scoring total for the Beach this season. She scored four the previous day in a 16-6 win over Pomona-Pitzer.
ARROYO’S WINS FOR THE 200TH TIME
Gavin Arroyo has been guiding the both LBSU water polo programs for the past six years and both programs have found recent success to the tune of 200 combined wins. 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 now 82 games as the women’s coach for 200 total wins in his career. 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 172-164 record. Over the past two years, he has led the Beach squads to a combined 83-35 mark.
BIG WEST SEASON ON THE HORIZON
After its nonconference tilt with Bucknell this Thursday, Long Beach State will jump into the beginning of its Big West schedule. Five of its remaining eight games will be against Big West opponents, starting with a trip to Hawaii to open up conference play next week. Nonconference games with USC (while in Hawaii) and Hartwick (at home) are the only non-Big West games remaining.
REVERSING THEIR FORTUNES AT HOME
Long Beach State will go into Thursday’s matchup with Bucknell looking for its first home win. The Beach has played just two of its first 20 games at home and has been unsuccessful against a couple of tough opponents. LBSU fell by a narrow margins to both San Diego State and UC San Diego in February. With over 100 goals scored in the past two weeks, the Beach will hope to keep rolling into its first home win of the season. They will plenty of chances to capture the home-pool advantage in the next month with four games featured on the tail end of the schedule.
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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