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Saturday April 1st, 11am @ Long Beach State
Long Beach ran past University of San Diego with a convincing 33-5 victory. Long Beach now is waiting to see who in the Mountain West Conference they will face in the wild card game on 4/1/17. The winner will make it into the Final 4 in the West bracket at Western Washington on 4/8-4/9. There is a possibility the Long Beach could host the game on 4/1/17. Check back as we will update as soon as we find out.
Long Beach State hosted a 9:30am game on Saturday against Azusa Pacific. That was less than 48 hours after beating Cal State Fullerton Thursday night. Although Long Beach scored in the first 5 minutes of the game, it was obvious that there was a hangover from Thursday. Long Beach dominated play from the start in the first ever meeting between LBSU and APU. Long Beach will host USD in the final game of the season on Saturday March 18th.
Photo - Kirby Winslow
Long Beach State got back in the win column this week after handling Cal State Fullerton 66-22 on Thursday, February 23, 2017. After a string of 3 losses, which were by a combined total of only 8 points, Long Beach solved its issues of untimely penalties and settled back into its normal style of pressure Rugby. This was a rare Thursday rain make-up game and actually the first night game Long Beach has hosted in the clubs history. Long Beach resumes the regular league schedule with a quick turnaround. Long Beach will travel to Azusa Pacific University for a 1pm kickoff Saturday 2/25.
Photo - Kirby Winslow
Albuquerque, New Mexico 10/21-10/23
Long Beach State traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to play in the 45th High Desert Classic. Long Beach had an 8:30 am kick off against UTEP on Saturday morning to start the tournament. Getting to the field before the sun was up in the high altitude made for a very cold 42 degree start. Once the sun broke over the mountain, it began to warm up. Long Beach started quickly and was able to get the ball out wide and score quickly and often. Final score LB 58-7 over UTEP. The second game of the tournament was against D1a tournament favorite OU, who was ranked #22 nationally going into the weekend. OU frustrated LB and was up 7-0 at the half. After settling in and opening up Long Beach's style of play, the second half was all Long Beach. LB won 20-7. The Final game of pool play was against the home team Uni New Mexico. Long beach scored on almost every possession and New Mexico never crossed mid field. Final Score was 88-0 Long Beach. On Sunday, Long Beach was up against Denver University in the semifinal. Much like the first day Long Beach was able to settle in and wear down the larger pack and take possession. The backs ran hard and even with 4 trys called back, LB still cruised to a 40-7 victory. The Final was a rematch against Oklahoma. Long Beach scored two trys in the first 5 min. and that seemed to deflate OU. OU was on the LB try line twice but could not convert. In the end LB took home the Championship with a 33-3 win over OU. Long Beach outscored their opponents at the tournament 239-24 in 5 games that were only 20 min halfs.
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