Irvine, Ca. – Lindsy Nelson continued her scoring domination against UC Santa Barbara to help lead fifth-seed Cal State Northridge to a 10-7 victory over the sixth-seed Gauchos to earn fifth place at the 2013 Big West Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the UC Irvine Aquatics Complex.
Two weeks ago, Nelson scored a game-high four goals to lead the Matadors to a 13-9 victory over UCSB. On Sunday, Nelson added a game-high three goals to lead CSUN over the Gauchos.
Tied 2-2 in the first period, Nelson scored her first goal to give the Matadors a 3-2 lead after the first period.
UCSB tied the game at 3-3, but Nelson put the Matadors in front at 4-3 with 2:07 remaining in the second period. Kelcie Ferreira forced her way between two UCSB defenders in front of the Gauchos net to add another CSUN goal to give the Matadors a 5-3 halftime lead.
Just seconds into the third period, Nelson again penetrated the UCSB defense with a lob shot that sailed past the Gaucho goalkeeper to give the Matadors a 6-3 lead. Goals by Celena Photopulos and Molly Henehan gave CSUN a 8-4 third period lead.
The victory gave Cal State Northridge a final season record of 23-12. UCSB ended its season at 20-15.
Matador Memo …
Lindsy Nelson's three goals against UC Santa Barbara gave the junior a team-leading 70 goals for the year, sixth-best for a single season in school history … Nelson now has 170 career goals to move into a tie for fourth-place with Jessica Coy (2006-09) … The 23 wins were third-best for a single season in CSUN history … Kiernan Davis finished the day with ten saves to give her 289 saves for the season, fourth-best for a single season in Matador history … Davis now has 387 career saves in two seasons, fourth-best in the CSUN record book ... Top-seed Hawai'i scored a goal with 34 seconds remaining in the second overtime to defeat second-seed UC Irvine, 5-4, to win the Big West Tournament title, and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Cal State Northridge (23-12) 3-2-3-2 = 10
UC Santa Barbara (20-15) 2-1-1-3 = 7
CSUN Scorers: Lindsy Nelson 3, Melissa Doll 2, Celena Photopulos 2, Kelcie Ferreira 1, Molly Henehan 1, Marisa Young 1
UCSB Scorers: Samantha Murphy 3, Shelby Haroldson 2, Mackenzie Baber 1, Rachel Nelson 1
Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis (CSUN) 10; Ruth Milne (UCSB) 7
The 2013 Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament (April 26-28)
The UC Irvine Anteater Aquatic Complex
April 26 (Friday) – Quarterfinals
Match #1 (Noon) - #1 Hawai'i (19-9) 7, #8 Pacific (16-14) 2
Match #2 (1:45 pm) - #4 Long Beach State (24-6) 8, #5 Cal State Northridge (21-12) 2
Match #3 (3:30 pm) - #2 UC Irvine (20-8) 8 vs #7 UC Davis (14-16) 5
Match #4 (5:15 pm) - #3 San Diego State (22-9) 11, #6 UC Santa Barbara (19-14) 2