Gauchos Drop Season-Finale in MPSF 11th-Place Match, 8-6 to Long Beach State

April 27, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Tenth-seeded Long Beach State used a three-goal fourth quarter to claim an 8-6 victory over No. 12 seed UC Santa Barbara in the 11th-place game of the MPSF Championships on Sunday morning. The 49ers improve to 16-17, while the Gauchos fall to 6-21.

UCSB jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but LBSU then stormed back with three goals to close out the half with a narrow 3-2 advantage. The 49ers opened the scoring in the third period to take a two-goal advantage before the Gauchos responded with three unanswered to reclaim the lead at 5-4. The Beach then scored with 2:41 left in the quarter to knot the score once again.

The two teams went back and forth in the final stanza until LBSU took the lead for good at the 2:27 mark. The 49ers added an insurance goal with 53 seconds remaining to secure the win and an 11th-place finish.

Cecilia Canetti and Lauren Sieprath each recorded a hat trick to pace The Beach. UCSB was led by Gillian Morgan and Linday Knott's two goals.

MPSF Championship: 11th-place game #10 LBSU 8, #12 UCSB 6 Aztec Aquaplex - San Diego, Calif. April 27, 2008

UCSB	1-1-3-1 -- 6
LBSU 	0-3-2-3 -- 8

UCSB goals: Morgan 2, Knott 2, Kepner, Tipton LBSU goals: Canetti 3, Sieprath 3, Wawrzynski, Emerick

UCSB goalie saves: Gonzales 9 LBSU goalie saves: Straiger 9