49ers Return Home for Conference Battle with No. 13 Cal State Northridge
April 3, 2013
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BLACK & GOAL BENEFIT: The Long Beach State men's and women's water polo have officially set the date for its Inaugural Black & Goal Benefit for May 4th. The cocktail-attire event will be held at a private home that was donated in Bixby Knolls and set to begin at 3 p.m.
Details about the event and how you can RSVP can be found online or by contacting Liz Grimes at Liz.Grimes@csulb.edu.
IN THE POLLS: The Beach earned an additional two points this week in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll to take sole possession of the ninth spot after being tied with San Jose State last week with 57 points. The 49ers continue stay within the top-10 for their sixth-consecutive week.
SPLASHING THE BOOKS: With their triumphs over Pacific and UC Davis on the road last weekend, the 49ers have tied the 2004 and 2005 squad for the second-best record in program history. The program record stands at 24-8, which was set by the 2003 team.
20-WIN CLUB: Long Beach State joins Cal State Northridge and San Diego State last weekend as the only three teams in the Big West Conference that have notched 20 wins this season.
The Matadors reached the 20-win plateau on March 23rd in a 9-6 victory over UOP. San Diego State and LBSU joined the Matadors on Saturday just hours of one another after the Aztecs defeated Hawai'i 10-7 before the 49ers sank the Tigers 8-6 Friday night.
LBSU currently leads the conference with 21 victories along with a .840 win percentage.
49ERS RETURN HOME: The No. 9 Long Beach State women's water polo team returns home after a two-week road swing that resulted in a 4-1 finish, including a pair of conference victories on the road over UOP and UCD.
The 49ers will entertain No. 13 Cal State Northridge for a rematch, with postseason complications on the line before hitting the road again the following week for a rescheduled match against the Tritons of UC San Diego.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS: LBSU returns home Saturday, April 6th, for a conference battle with Cal State Northridge at noon. The Matadors own a five-game winning streak heading into the contest while the 49ers ride a four-game winning streak of their own.
The last time Long Beach State defeated Northridge at home in conference play was back in back in 2011. With that win, it gave the 49ers their first victory against CSUN in the Big West Conference.
The Beach however leads the head-to-head series 15-5 including the thrilling OT game back in February at the Triton Invitational which was in favor of the 49ers 10-8.
LAST TIME OUT: The women's water polo team rebounded from a tough conference loss to San Diego State two weeks ago and edged UOP 8-6 to start their two-game road trip before battling it out with UC Davis for the 9-8 comeback victory.
Freshman Christina Kotsia led the way for LBSU against Pacific with her sixth hat-trick of the season to set the 49ers up for a thrilling match with the Aggies.
The Beach withstood a game-leading five-goal performance from two-time All-American Carmen Eggert behind Melissa Matheson's hat-trick and clutch shooting from Christina Kotsia and Chelsea Parks down range in the fourth for its second win in conference in as many days.
The win over UC Davis marks the first time head coach Gavin Arroyo has won at the Schaal Aquatics Center since taking over in 2009.
CENTURY MARKS: Melissa Matheson (112), Chelsea Parks (109), and Coriann Snyder (104) have now all joined the 100-goal club at The Beach. With seven 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 20 saves last weekend, Junior Kelly Ringel now has 466 career saves at The Beach with sole possession of fourth all-time on the career saves list. The junior will need to average 9.57 saves per game the rest of the year to surpass Amanda Wightman's 552 saves to take over the third spot.