March 19, 2014
Long Beach State Game Notes
BUCKNELL BLANKING GETS POW HONORS FOR RINGEL
Kelly Ringel was forced to make six saves and Long Beach State swarmed all over Bucknell's attack to hang a big "0" on the board through 32 minutes. Ringel grabbed LBSU's first Big West Player of the Week honors this season. The shutout marked the first-ever shutout for Ringel and the first-ever shutout for in Long Beach State women's water polo history. Until Thursday, no LBSU team had held an opponent scoreless through all four quarters. Three of Ringel's six saves came in the fourth quarter as she preserved the "goose egg."
OVER TO THE ISLANDS
Long Beach State makes the long trip to the islands of Hawaii this weekend for two tough games. The Beach will first take on Big West rival Hawai'i in its conference opener before taking on top-ranked USC on Saturday. The trip will be a tough test for the streaking 49ers with two top-15 teams, as Hawai'i is ranked 12th.
ROLLING ON AT THE BEACH
Long Beach State will take a big nine-game win streak with it heads to Hawaii this weekend. The Beach has not been defeated in the month of March and has outscored its opponents 126-31 over the past three weeks. In March, LBSU is winning games by an average of nearly 11 goals and is holding opponents to just over three goals per game. Meanwhile, the Beach is hanging up an average of 14 goals on the scoreboard.
BIG WEST SEASON IS HERE
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 seven games will be against Big West opponents, starting with this week's trip to Hawaii to open up conference play. Nonconference games with USC (while in Hawaii) and Hartwick (at home) are the only non-Big West games remaining.
PARKS AND SNYDER KEEP MOVING ON UP
Seniors Chelsea Parks and Coriann Snyder continue their respective climbs up the scoring list this year. With a team-best 37 goals this year, Parks is now fifth on Long Beach State's all-time scoring list with 157 career goals. She is in a good position to move up one more spot before her career comes to an end as she trails Stacy Black by just eight goals. Snyder has totaled 35 goals this year to bring her career total to 138 goals, which puts her at ninth all-time. With 11 goals in the final seven games, Parks could catch Lauren Sieprath for seventh, With 13, she could catch Drue Wawrzynski for sixth.
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.