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Ingrassia-led women’s soccer program arrives in national spotlight

Tracy McDannald, Sports editor

November 14, 2008

Filed under Sports

LOS ANGELES — Long Beach State head coach Mauricio Ingrassia has taken the first step in turning the women's soccer program into a national contender.The 49ers, led by 11 seniors, eight of which comprise Ingrassia's first recruiting class, lost 1-0 in the first round of their NCAA Women's College Cup debut against the University of San Diego on Friday night.The future of 49er soccer isn't lost on the Big West Conference...

Historic season ends in first-round exit at NCAAs

Historic season ends in first-round exit at NCAAs

November 14, 2008

LOS ANGELES — Head coach Mauricio Ingrassia will have to wait one more year to see his up-and-coming program take its next leap forward.In its first-ever NCAA Women's College Cup tournament appearance, Lo...

Men’s basketball falls late to BYU in season opener

Tucker Savoye, Assistant sports editor

November 14, 2008

Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

All-American forward Lee Cummard was just as good as advertised for Brigham Young.This past off-season he turned down the NBA to return to Provo, Utah for his senior season, much to the delight of everyone but Long Beach State on Friday night at the Marriott Center. Behind Cummard's career-high 36 points on 13-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds, BYU (1-0) erased a seven-point halftime deficit to down the 49ers, 75-65, in both...

No. 25 49ers cruise past Highlanders, claim share of Big West title

No. 25 49ers cruise past Highlanders, claim share of Big West title

November 13, 2008

The Big West Conference has a new women's volleyball champion.No. 25 Long Beach State swept UC Riverside in three sets (25-14, 25-18, 25-13) Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid to win at least a share ...

49ers predicted to finish 7th in coaches’ poll

49ers predicted to finish 7th in coaches’ poll

Abbey Mastracco, Staff writer

November 12, 2008

Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Two words resonate in the mind of Karina Figueroa this season: hungry and healthy.Now in her senior season, Long Beach State's star guard is hungry. She knew what it was like to be part of a winning t...

Men’s basketball starts season on the road Friday

Tucker Savoye, Assistant sports editor

November 12, 2008

Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

LBSU at BYU (Friday, 6 p.m. in Provo, Utah)Last year, BYU finished 27-8 with a 14-2 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8-seed and dropped a 67-62 decision to Texas A&M. They return two starters including All-American Lee Cummard, who scored 15.8 points per game last season and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per contest. He withdrew his name from the NBA Draft to return to Pr...

Previewing the UCLA Regional

Henry Montemayor, Staff writer

November 12, 2008

Filed under Sports

Now that the women's soccer team has earned a bid into its first-ever NCAA Tournament, Long Beach State's road will prove to be a tough one.The 49ers, placed in the UCLA regional with the potential of facing top-seeded and No. 2 UCLA in the second round, will have to survive their first round match-up against the 17th-ranked University of San Diego.The other side of the bracket features a match-up between UCLA and the Fresn...

Women’s soccer scores three major Big West awards

Tracy McDannald, Sports editor

November 12, 2008

Filed under Sports

The Long Beach State women's soccer team earned some Big West Conference hardware Wednesday.The three-time defending regular-season conference champions were individually honored as senior Liz Ramos, sophomore Lindsay Bullock and head coach Mauricio Ingrassia took home three of the six major awards in the Big West.Ramos and Bullock also joined seniors Hayley Bolt, Kim Silos, Mariko Strickland and Sara Baca on the All-Big W...