La Jolla, Calif. – Cal State Northridge faced one of the elite women's collegiate water polo teams on Saturday afternoon at the UCSD Invitational, the #2-ranked USC Trojans.
What is so special about USC? The Trojans have advanced to the NCAA championship game four of the last five years. That includes an NCAA title in 2010. In 2011, the Trojans finished the year 23-6, but lost in the national championship game, 6-4, to Stanford University.
The Matadors, ranked 17th in the nation, kept the game close for two periods, but the Trojans outscored CSUN, 4-0, in the third period en route to a 9-2 victory.
USC led 1-0 after the first period, and advanced the margin to two goals at halftime, 3-1.
Lindsy Nelson scored two goals for Cal State Northridge.
The Matadors are now 7-2. USC is 2-0.
CSUN returns to action on Sunday (8:30 am) to face Long Beach State. The game will be played at the Triton Pool at UC San Diego.
Earlier on Saturday, Cal State Northridge fought back from a two-goal deficit in the final 3:58 of the game to post a 13-12 victory over Hartwick College (Onenota, NY) in first round play at the UCSD Invitational.
After the first period ended at 3-3, the Matadors outscored the Hawks, 5-2, in the second stanza to take an 8-5 halftime lead. Four different Matador players scored at least one goal in the second period. Jenny Jamison led CSUN in the second period with two goals.
CSUN led, 9-7, after three periods, but Hartwick scored four straight goals to take an 11-9 lead with 3:58 to play.
Lindsy Nelson scored one of her team-leading four goals at 3:32 to cut the Hawks lead to one goal, 11-10. One minute later, Melissa Doll tied the game at 11-11.
CSUN took a 12-11 lead with 2:02 to play on a Marisa Young goal. Hartwick then tied the game with 55 seconds left.
Then with 24 seconds to play, Katie Kammer fired a shot past the Hartwick goalkeeper for the CSUN game winner, 13-12.
Complete results of the UCSD Invitational are available at www.ucsdtritons.com.
USC (2-0) 1-2-4-2 = 9
CSUN Scorers: Lindsy Nelson 2
USC Scorers: Monica Vavic 4, Hannah Buckling 1, Kaleigh Gilchrist 1, Nicolina McCall 1, Dominique Sardo 1, Chelsea Silvers 1
Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis (CSUN) 5
Cal State Northridge (7-1) 3-5-1-4 = 13
Hartwick (3-5) 3-2-1-6 = 12
CSUN Scorers: Lindsy Nelson 4, Melissa Doll 2, Jenny Jamison 2, Celena Photopulos 2, Kelcie Ferreira 1, Katie Kammer 1, Marisa Young 1
Hartwick Scorers: Sami Capparelli 5, Katie Ermakova 2, Allison Kosich 2, Lilt Martinez 2, Kamila Zakirova 1
Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis (CSUN) 8