April 10, 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.
IN THE POLLS: For the seventh week in a row, the 49ers have secured the ninth spot on the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll heading into the 12th week of competition.
QUICK DETOUR: The Long Beach State women's water polo team heads down to La Jolla, Calif. for its last non-conference match with No. 17 UC San Diego Thursday, April 11, for a 6 p.m. sprint. The 49ers then start a two-game homestand back at the confines of the Campus Pool on Sunday, April 14, against No. 13 UC Santa Barbara for their second-to-last game of the regular season.
The three conference wins this year tied the total amount of conference victories for Long Beach State the past four years (2009-12) since joining the Big West Conference.
THIS AND THAT: After dropping their conference match against San Diego State back on March 22nd, the 49ers have won five consecutive matches and look to tack on a couple more wins this weekend. Other than the record-setting 14-game win streak earlier in the year, the last time LBSU had tabbed five consecutive wins was back in 2006.
The six-goal margin of victory over Cal State Northridge last week tied the program record from 2009 when LBSU defeated Pacific 10-4 in its first Big West Conference match. The win also puts the 49ers one game closer to tying the best record in program history, 24, set in 2003.
HANDLING THE TRITONS: The Beach will take a quick day trip down to La Jolla, Calif. to complete its non-conference schedule with the seventeenth-ranked Tritons of UC San Diego. UCSD comes into Thursday's match with a four-game winning streak after sweeping the Bronco Invitational last weekend hosted by Santa Clara.
The 49ers and Tritons (18-12, 6-0 WWPA) split a pair of games last year with Long Beach State winning its last match up 8-7 at the UC Irvine Invitational. LBSU currently leads the all-time series 17-7 and 6-4 under fifth-year head coach Gavin Arroyo.
UCSD is led by junior Sarah Lizotte with 55 goals while freshman Alexis Wieseler comes in right behind with 45. Lizotte's 55 goals are good for fifth in the WWPA while Wieseler's 45 goals place her in the seventh spot.
A DUEL WITH THE GAUCHOS: The thirteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos descend onto the Campus Pool Sunday, after having upended then No. 6 San Diego State 8-5 on senior day. UCSB (19-10, 2-2 Big West) however will have to go through No. 7 UC Irvine on Saturday before facing the 49ers at noon. Long Beach State will be the second of three road games UC Santa Barbara will play to finish out the regular season.
The head-to-head series is currently all knotted up at 18 games apiece after LBSU notched its 18th victory over the Gauchos, 9-7, in February to take fifth-place at the Triton Invitational.
Parks' four goals against CSUN last Saturday pushed her season total to 53, tying her for the tenth spot for goals in a single season. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native has a chance to crack the top-5 mark if she can record 2.17 goals per game through the conference tournament.
In between the pipes stands Ringel with 208 saves on the season giving her sole possession of the tenth spot for saves in a single season at LBSU.
CENTURY MARKS: Melissa Matheson (112), Chelsea Parks (113), and Coriann Snyder (105) have now all joined the 100-goal club at The Beach. With six 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 13 saves last weekend, Junior Kelly Ringel now has 499 career saves at The Beach with sole possession of fourth all-time on the career saves list. The junior will need to average 9.00 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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