Women's Water Polo Trips To Long Beach State, UC Irvine
The Pacific women's water polo team continues Big West play this weekend with a pair of road matches, at No. 6 UC Irvine Saturday, April 4, and at Long Beach State Sunday, April 5. Both matches are set to get underway at noon.
Pacific (9-13, 0-1 Big West) has found itself on the wrong end of seven games that were decided by no more than two goals this season, including its last four outings. The Tigers dropped their lone contest last weekend to then-No. 11 UC Davis, 8-7, as the Aggies notched the game-winning goal with just eight seconds left on the clock. Pacific led 6-4 early in the fourth quarter and would tie the game at 7-7 before UCD's late strike.
"We showed a lot of improvement in that match compared to our match against them two weekends ago," head coach Megan Thomson said. "I thought we did a very good defensively, especially on 5-on-6 situations."
Long Beach State (10-13, 0-2 BWC) finds itself in last place in the league standings after one weekend of play. The 49ers lost a pair of road contests to last weekend, including a sudden-victory match at UC Santa Barbara that required nine periods to decide a victor. LBSU is led by Melissa Matheson's 35 goals while goalkeeper Kelly Ringel has blocked 211 shots in the cage.
The 49ers have dominated the all-time series and own a 19-3 series record against Pacific. The Tigers have begun to reverse the trend, winning the last two matches, including a 6-5 win at Long Beach State during the 2010 season.
UC Irvine (19-5, 2-0 BWC) is at the top of the conference standings as the only team with two wins after the first weekend of action. The Anteaters posted road wins over then-No. 17 Cal State Northridge and then-No. 15 UC Santa Barbara. Reigning Big West Player of the Year Jessy Cardey paces UCI with 54 goals while also leading the squad in assists with 26. Jillian Yocum has started 13 of the team's 24 matches in the cage, recording 124 blocks while giving up 79 goals.
Pacific has faced UC Irvine 22 times and trails the all-time series 5-17. The Anteaters have won the last sixteen contests and have not lost to the Tigers since the 2002 season.