Long Beach State Downs Visiting Gauchos 11-9 in MPSF Action

April 1, 2006

The 12th-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team produced a balanced attack led by three goals from Marina Canetti and two scores a piece from Rachelle Denaro and Cassie Azevedo to give itself an 11-9 victory over visiting No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.

With their fourth-straight loss, the Gauchos fell to 12-13 overall and 2-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. Meanwhile the 49ers improved to 10-9, 2-5.

Kim Hayes had 12 saves in goal for the 49ers, countering four goals from Alaina Whitaker and three more from Gillian Morgan for UCSB.

After Whitaker made it 2-1 with 30 seconds left in the first period, LBSU went on the attack in the second period, scoring four straight, including a Denaro shot through traffic with four seconds left to lead 5-2.

The Gauchos had a comeback in store in the third, scoring four of the next five goals, tying the game at 6-6 with 49 seconds left in the third on a fastbreak goal by Morgan. After exchanging goals to make it 7-7, LBSU responded with three straight, as Canetti (4:28), Denaro (3:32) and Azevedo (3:00) each scored to give LBSU a 10-7 advantage.

Santa Barbara continues MPSF play on Sunday, April 2 at UC Irvine. The match is slated for a 12:00 p.m. start at the Anteater Aquatics Complex.

UCSB	2	0	4	3	-	9
LBSU	1	4	2	4	-	11

Long Beach State Goals: Marina Canetti-3, Cassie Azevedo-2, Rachelle Denaro-2, Ashley Heaslip, Megan Winchell, Lindsey Machado, Tara Campbell

UCSB Goals: Alaina Whitaker-4, Gillian Morgan-3, Jen D'Anna, Amanda Tipton

Goalie Saves: Kim Hayes-12 (LBSU); Jenny Gonzales-5 (UCSB)