March 2, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 3 California women's water polo overpowered No. 13 Long Beach State, 13-3, on Sunday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears improve to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the 49ers drop to 6-8 and 2-2 in the MPSF. Ten different Golden Bears scored in the win while Branwyn Lee led the Beach with two goals.
Senior driver Katya Eadington won the sprint to open the game and the Bears dominated the first period. Sophomore utility Darby Anderson got Cal on the board when her shot found the back corner three minutes it. With seconds left on the shot clock, sophomore defender Erin Scully scored off a powerful shot from well beyond seven meters.
The 49ers scored their first goal of the game in the first minute of the second stanza from sophomore two-meter Branwyn Lee off the assist from senior two-meter Dayna Warzynski. The Bears answered with a goal from senior driver Molly Hayes on Cal's next possession, which kick started Cal's 7-0 scoring run. Sophomore utility Julie Oreglia scored back-to-back identical goals to give the Bears a 5-1 first-half lead.
Sophomore two-meter Grace Reynolds opened the second half with a goal from seven meters. Junior two-meter defender Paige Lorenz capitalized on a good look and skipped a shot in to increase Cal's lead, 7-1. Sophomore driver Meghan Corso scored her first goal of the game off an assist from Hayes.
Leading 8-1 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Reynolds drew a five-meter penalty shot and Corso put it through to give the Bears a 10-1 advantage. Reynolds scored the next goal after sophomore driver Erika Hanson dished her the ball. Long Beach State's freshman attacker Kelsie Emerick took advantage of a six-on-five and scored her first goal of the game.
Hanson got on the board with 5:15 to play thanks to an assist from freshman driver Laura Wood. Golden Bear freshman driver Sara Henry scored after freshman defender Jillian Chiapuzio passed her the ball. Lee tacked on another goal for the Beach with 2:31 to go in regulation but it was too little, too late. Chiapuzio out swam too defenders and scored to close the scoring for both teams at the 1:50 mark.
Senior goalie Heather Stuart made 11 saves in goal and junior Lauren Burke grabbed three for the Bears. Morgan Bishop had eight saves between the posts for the Beach. The Bears host No. 4 USC on March 8 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F Long Beach State 0 1 0 2 3 California 2 3 3 5 13
Long Beach State goals: Branwyn Lee 2, Kelsie Emerick 1
California goals: Meghan Corso 2, Julie Oreglia 2, Grace Reynolds 2, Darby Anderson 1, Jillian Chiapuzio 1, Erika Hanson 1, Molly Hayes 1, Sara Henry 1, Paige Lorenz 1, Erin Scully 1