Fourth-Seeded 49ers Open Big West Tournament with No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge
April 24, 2013
2013 Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament
LIVE GAME UPDATES: Follow @49erwaterpolo on Twitter for live updates & stats.
ON THE WEB: For the 49er faithful that cannot make it to the 2013 Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament, it will be streamed live in its entirety. The link can be found at the tournament central page under "LIVE STREAM" or by clicking here.
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.
BIG WEST JOURNEY: The fourth-seeded Long Beach State women's water polo team will begin its quest for the Big West Tournament crown Friday, April 26, when the 49ers battle the No. 5 seed, Cal State Northridge. Opening sprint is slated for 1:45 p.m. at the Anteater Aquatics Complex.
The winner of between LBSU and CSUN will then move on to play the winner between the 1st-seeded Rainbow Wahine of Hawai'i and the 8th-seeded Pacific Tigers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Since the Big West began sponsoring women's water polo in 2009, Long Beach State is 4-5 all time at the conference tournament.
The 49ers most successful run at the tournament was in 2011. As the No. 6 seed, LBSU defeated the 3rd-seeded Guachos and then took down the 2nd-seeded Matadors in OT to play the No. 1 seed UCI. Long Beach State however was unable to finish its magical run falling to the Anteaters 11-5.
ROUND 3: Friday's match will be the third time Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State have faced off against one another with The Beach winning the last two. The 49ers first defeated the Matadors 10-8 in OT at the Triton Invitational and then followed up with a decisive 11-5 win at home in conference play.
LBSU looks to avenge its opening-round loss to the Matadors last year as CSUN edged past the 49ers 7-5 in overtime. The 49ers are currently 1-1 against Cal State Northridge in the Big West Tournament.
The Matadors come into Friday's contest with an overall record of 21-11 and 3-4 in conference play. CSUN is only the third BWC team to reach the 20-win plateau this year along with LBSU and SDSU.
49ERS BY THE NUMBERS: The final regular season stats are in as Long Beach State posted three players in the top-20 in scoring. With 305 team goals, LBSU as a team took second in scoring as CSUN squeezed past the 49ers with 331 goals on the year. On the defensive end, The Beach continued to hold the top spot over UC Irvine allowing a league-low 149 goals in 29 matches.
With 305 goals scored so far, the 2013 women's water polo team is on pace to surpass the 315 goals scored by the 2000 squad. LBSU is also 29 saves short of passing the 313 saves from 2000.
Junior Chelsea Parks was the lone 49er in the top-10 scoring category at No. 6 with a team-leading 56 strikes. The junior was second on the team during conference play tallying 13 goals.
Standout freshman Christina Kotsia notched 48 goals to come in at No. 14 in the conference. Of the freshman's 48 goals, 19 of them came in conference play. The Athens, Greece native is also riding a 17-game scoring streak that dates back to March 3rd. Kotsia has also scored in 25-of-29 matches for the 49ers.
Senior Melissa Matheson rounded things out at No. 20 with 35 goals. With 10 career goals at the Big West Tournament, Matheson can move up the list with Jessica Dunn of UC Davis as the only other active player on the tournament career goals list.
In between the pipes, junior Kelly Ringel placed fourth in the total saves department with 240 and took the top spot in the goals against average category with a league-low 5.40 GAA. The junior allowed just 131 goals in 780 minutes of play.
With 19 tournament saves under her belt, Ringel has an opportunity to crack the top-10 for career-saves in the tournament.
CENTURY MARKS: Melissa Matheson (116), Chelsea Parks (116), and Coriann Snyder (108) have now all joined the 100-goal club at The Beach. With three matches remaining at the Big West Tournament, Matheson and Parks have cracked the top ten while Snyder needs six more goals to surpass Elizabeth Garcia for the tenth spot on the top-10 career-goals list at Long Beach State.
GOALIE WATCH: With the 11 saves last week, Junior Kelly Ringel now has 531 career saves at The Beach with sole possession of fourth all-time on the career saves list. The junior will need to average 7.33 saves per game at the Big West Tournament to surpass Amanda Wightman's 552 saves to take over the third spot.
The Long Beach, Calif. product's 240 saves on the season also puts her fifth on the single-season saves leaderboard. Ringel will need to grab 26 more saves in the cage to beat out her saves total last year of 265, good for second in the single-season saves leaderboard.