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49ers Travel South for a Trio of Matches

Senior Melissa Matheson

March 20, 2013

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49ERS HIT THE ROAD: The Long Beach State women's water polo team is back on the road after a two-game homestand at the Campus Pool last week. The 49ers (17-3, 0-1 Big West) head to sunny San Diego, Calif. for a conference match up against the host, San Diego State on Friday before taking on a pair of non-conference foes in Brown (6-8, 2-2 CWPA) and Redlands (7-10) Saturday at the Aztec Aquaplex.

IN THE POLLS: The 49ers continue to stay at the No. 9 spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll this week after going 1-1 last week at home.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS: LBSU looks to avenge its 7-6 overtime loss to the Aztecs at the Triton Invitational Friday, March 22, at the Aztec Aquaplex.

San Diego State enters this week's match with a 4-game winning streak after going 3-0 at the Aztec Invitational defeating Bucknell, No. 11 Indiana, and No. 12 Princeton over the weekend. With the wins last weekend, The Aztecs were awarded the sixth spot in the CWPA poll jumping past UC Irvine.

Long Beach State looks to bounce back against SDSU after dropping its Big West opener to Hawai'i last Friday.

The 49ers look to snap its nine-game skid against the Aztecs dating back to the 2006 when LBSU coincidentally defeated SDSU 7-6 at the UCSD Tournament.

A LOOK AT THE BEARS AND BULLDOGS: LBSU will be extending its stay in San Diego with a pair of non-conference matches Saturday at the Aztec Aquaplex. First on the slate for the 49ers will be Brown at 10 a.m. before finishing off the day with Redlands at 1 p.m.

Saturday's contest against Brown will serve as the second time both programs have been pitted against one another with the result in BU's favor by a score of 9-8 back in 2007. The Bears will start its 11-game west coast road trip with Redlands on Friday before taking on the 49ers.

Long Beach State will wrap up its stay in San Diego with its second match against Redlands. The coming off a The two teams recently faced off at the Claremont Convergence as LBSU claimed a 16-4 victory. With the win, the 49ers extended their winning streak against the Bulldogs to three.

LAST TIME OUT: The women's water polo team split a pair of home games last week defeating Bucknell 10-3 before snapping their 14-game winning streak falling to No. 8 Hawai'i 12-7 in LBSU's Big West Conference opener. Chelsea Parks led the 49ers with six goals during the two-game homestand while Freshman Christina Kotsia chipped in with four.

Former Long Beach State assistant coach and now Bucknell assistant coach Kyle Gorham made his first return to The Beach this past Tuesday as he watched the 49ers take down the Bisons at the Campus Pool. LBSU opened up with a 5-1 lead behind Chelsea Parks (4) and Christina Kotsia (2) en route to its 10-3 victory over Bucknell (4-14, 1-2 CWPA) as the 49ers held the Bisons scoreless in the second half.

Coriann Snyder's hat-trick was not enough as LBSU dropped its Big West opener to Hawai'i (11-6, 2-0 Big West) behind a strong performance from Monika Eggens. The senior attacker could not be stopped as she claimed six goals on the day rendering Kelly Ringel to just five saves on the afternoon.

CENTURY MARKS: Melissa Matheson (108), Chelsea Parks (103), and Coriann Snyder (100) have now all joined the 100-goal club at The Beach. With 12 matches remaining including the Big West Tournament, Matheson, Parks, and Snyder all have a chance of cracking the top-10 career-goals list at Long Beach State.

GOALIE WATCH: With the 12 saves last weekend, Junior Kelly Ringel now has 444 career saves at The Beach with sole possession of fourth all-time on the career saves list. The junior will need to average 9.08 saves per game the rest of the year to surpass Amanda Wightman's 552 saves to take over the third spot.



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