Northridge, Calif. – Because of her eight goals, three steals and two assists in four games at the recent UC San Diego Invitational, Marisa Young has been named Big West Water Polo Player of the Week.
Young, a freshman, scored three goals apiece in games against then ninth-ranked San Diego State and against then 15th-ranked Hartwick at the UCSD Invitational.
After eleven games of the 2012 season, Young is the team leader in scoring with 19 goals. Young has scored at least one goal in eight of the team's eleven games. Five of Young's 19 goals came against Hartwick. Young, who graduated from Fountain Valley High School, has scored at least two goals in five games. That includes three goals against three nationally-ranked teams, UC Santa Barbara, Hartwick and San Diego State.
Other double-digit scorers are Jenny Jamison with 18 goals and Lindsy Nelson with eleven goals.
After playing the last three weekends at the UCSB Invitational, the Cal Baptist Invitational and at the UC San Diego Invitational, Cal State Northridge, currently 3-8, has this weekend off.
The next tournament is slated for Feb. 25-26 at the UC Irvine Invitational. The 16-team tournament will include top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Stanford, #2 USC, #3 UCLA, #4 California, #5 Arizona State, #6 Hawai'i, #7 UC Irvine, #8 San Jose State, #9 San Diego State, #10 Loyola Marymount, #12 Michigan, #13 UC Davis, #15 UC Santa Barbara, and #18 Long Beach State.
Cal State Northridge, ranked 17th-ranked in the nation, will play on February 25 at 11:30 a.m. against third-ranked UCLA at the UCI Aquatics Center. The winner of the CSUN-UCLA game will play at 4:30 p.m. against either sixth-ranked Hawai'i or 12th-ranked Michigan. The loser of the CSUN-UCLA game play at 5:45 p.m. against the loser of the Hawai'i-Michigan contest.
Tournament play at the UC Irvine Tournament will continue with two games on February 26 either at the UCI Pool or at Corona Del Mar High School.
Several Big West Conference schools are nationally-ranked in this week's CWPA national poll … UC Irvine is ranked seventh, followed by #13 UC Davis, #15 UC Santa Barbara, #17 Cal State Northridge and 18th-ranked Long Beach State.