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