Women's Water Polo Outscored By LBSU At Big West Tourney

Taylor Adair - Photo by Mari Jo Prlain
Taylor Adair - Photo by Mari Jo Prlain

Davis, Calif. – In a battle for fifth place at the Big West Tournament, the Pacific women's water polo team was outscored by Long Beach State, 9-3, Sunday, April 29, at the Schaal Aquatics Center at UC Davis.

The Tigers were led by freshman Taylor Adair who tallied a pair of goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton blocked 10 shots in four quarters of work.

Pacific (11-18) struggled early as Long Beach State (12-17) took an early 1-0 lead on a five-meter penalty at the 6:03 mark. Both teams were locked in defensively as neither squad scored until Adair found the back of the cage with 30 seconds left in the first frame, tying the match in the process.

The second quarter saw LBSU pull away from the Tigers, notching four goals while holding Pacific scoreless. Leading 5-1 at the half, the 49ers continued their run with a goal at the 6:24 mark of the third quarter, going up 6-1. Adair answered for the Tigers at the 5:08 mark, but Long Beach State would put away two more goals to take an 8-2 lead into the final quarter.

Sophomore Malena Prlain won the opening sprint for Pacific to start the fourth quarter before quickly scoring for the Tigers on their first possession. It would prove to be Pacific's final goal of the match, however, as the 49ers kept up the defensive pressure before sealing the win with a ninth goal.

Coriann Snyder led all scorers with four goals for Long Beach State. Goalkeeper Kelly Ringel recorded 10 saves.

While the loss ends Pacific's 2012 campaign, the season was not without highlights. Relton broke the school record for single-game saves with 19 in the Tigers' overtime win over Cal State Northridge. She also moved up in the career saves rankings, taking over second with 623 career saves. Sophomore Elise Martin was named the Big West Player of the Week for the week of March 19 after registering three goals, three steals, three assists, and three drawn ejections versus UC Davis. 

Long Beach State 9, Pacific 3
Pacific 1 – 0 – 1 – 1 –– 3
Long Beach State 1 – 4 – 3 – 1 –– 9 

Pacific – Adair 2, Prlain
Long Beach State – Snyder 4, Matheson 2, Garyfallou, McKeon, Parks 

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific – Relton 10
Long Beach State – Ringel 10