March 8, 2008

No. 13 Long Beach State Downs #14 Cal State Northridge

March 8, 2008

Northridge, Ca. - The 13th ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team broke open a close game with three goals in the fourth period to defeat 14th ranked Cal State Northridge, 7-5, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game on Saturday afternoon at Matador Pool.

With the score tied (4-4) entering the fourth period, the 49ers Kelsie Emerick scored two straight goals at the 7:33 and 6:02 marks. Dayna Wawrzynski added an insurance goal for the 49ers at 4:04 before the Matadors' Jessica Coy scored at 2:47.

The loss dropped Cal State Northridge to 4-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Long Beach State evened its overall record at 8-8 and 3-2 in the MPSF.

The Matadors led briefly in the game. After a Lauren Sieprath scored a goal at 6:38 in the first period to give Long Beach State a 1-0 lead, CSUN's Dayne Van Gorder scored at 4:28, and Coy tallied a goal at 2:55 to give the home team a 2-1 lead. However, Branwyn Lee scored for Long Beach State at 1:17 to tie the game at 2-2.

Coy led the Matadors with two goals while Kirra Kylander, Dayna Van Gorder and Allison Brookes added a goal apiece.

Cal State Northridge hosts the Northridge Mini on Tuesday. At 2:30 p.m., the Matadors plas Indiana, and again at 6:30 p.m. against Occidential. At 4:30 p.m., Indiana faces Occidential.

Cal State Northridge (4-9 overall, 0-3 MPSF) 2 1 1 1 = 5

Long Beach State (8-8 overall, 3-2 MPSF) 2 2 0 3 = 7

CSUN Scorers: Jessica Coy 2, Kirra Kylander 1, Dayna Van Gorder 1, Allison Brookes 1

LBS Scorers: Lauren Sieprath 2, Kelsie Emerick 2, Becky Gentner 1, Dayna Wawrzynski 1, Branwyn Lee 1

Goalie Saves: Stapf (CSUN) 7; Kristen Stagler (LBS) 5

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