Ledezma, a transfer from UCLA, led the Anteaters with 12 goals and eight assists last season, when she posted three game-winning goals on her way to earning first-team all-conference recognition in 2011.

Privett, a second-team All-Big West selection, was Freshman of the Year after posting five goals and five assists in her debut season.

UCI finished 14-4-3 last season, when it lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Scott Juniper's squad was 6-1-1 in conference play, edging Long Beach State (6-2).

But the 49ers defeated UCI, 1-0, in the conference tournament final, their second straight Big West Tournament crown, and reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Long Beach's 18-6-1 record set a school record for single-season wins.

Long Beach State is led by senior Nadia Link, Offensive Player of the Year in the conference last season, when she led the conference in goals (16) and assists (10) and earned third-team All-American recognition.

UCI will also have returning senior defender Sarah Devine, a first-team all-conference performer as a junior.

Long Beach State is also lifted by the presence of senior defender Alex Balcer, a preseason all-conference choice who was a first-team All-Big West honoree as a junior.

Jordan Nelson, a senior defender for the 49ers, was a second-team all-conference pick last season.

UCI opened practice Wednesday in preparation for their Aug. 17 season opener against BYU at UCI.

The Anteaters play Long Beach State on Oct. 20 at the 49ers field.

— From staff reports

UCI's Thurman honored

UC Irvine baseball pitcher Andrew Thurman was named Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Week after striking out 13 in a three-hit shutout for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on July 22.

Thurman, a first-team All-Big West Conference honoree as a sophomore in 2012, followed up his shutout by striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings and allowing four hits in a 1-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers on Sunday.

Thurman, who will be a junior for the Anteaters in 2013, is 3-3 with a 3.50 earned-run average in his second season in the Cape. He has 45 strikeouts in 36 innings to rank tied for fourth in the league. He is one behind two pitchers tied for second.

— From staff reports