Northridge, Ca. – Marisa Young is certainly playing like an All-American in 2014.
The junior center leads the nationally-ranked CSUN women's water polo team in goals (58), goals attempted (114), shooting percentage (.509) and field blocks (28). Her exploits in the pool have helped the seventh-ranked Matadors chalk up a 20-6 record, and a 1-0 start in the Big West Conference.
Last weekend, Young scored a team-high four goals to help propel the Matadors to a 10-7 comeback victory at UC Davis in the conference opener. The Aggies led 4-3 after the first period, but the Matadors outscored the Aggies 3-0 in the second stanza for a 6-4 halftime advantage. Young scored two of those goals to give CSUN the momentum. She added an insurance goal with 6:59 to play to provide CSUN with a 9-6 lead.
Young also chipped in with three assists, three steals and a field block in the win over the #15 ranked Aggies.
A day earlier at Berkeley, Young contributed two goals and three field blocks at fourth-ranked California.
For her efforts at UC Davis and at California, Young has captured Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Player of the Week honors.
"Marisa is having a great year," said CSUN head coach Dr. Marcelo Leonardi. "She has established an argument as one of the best players in the Big West Conference. Marisa can play any position in the water. She can play center defender against the opponent's best player as well as being our primary center on offense."
Young's 58 goals this year are nearing the single season Top-10 mark at Cal State Northridge. Christine Cruz (2007) occupies the tenth-position with 60 goals. In 2012, Young scored a career-best 65 goals.
Young has scored at least one goal in 20 of the team's 26 games this year. That includes a career-high six goals in CSUN's 21-12 victory over Concordia (3/23/14). In 15 games, Young has scored two or more goals.
Young now has 174 career goals in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, fifth-best in school history. Young's name also appears in career field goal percentage at .411 (174-for-423), currently the fourth-best mark in school history.
Young's talents will help lead Cal State Northridge on Friday, April 4, when the Matadors host the nationally-ranked University of Hawaii at 3:00 pm at Matador Pool. Admission is free.
The Rainbow Wahine has chalked up a 13-7 record and a 1-1 mark in the Big West Conference. Paula Chillida Esforzado and Danielle Lewis each have scored 38 goals to lead the UH offense. UH's roster has a foreign flavor. UH's players hail from such places as Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England.
Matador Memo …
Lindsy Duncan is nearing a school record … In four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Duncan has chalked up 182 assists, only two short of the school record set by Lynzy Klein (2004-06) … Duncan continues to have an outstanding career at CSUN … The senior from Murray, Utah, already holds the school record with 528 field goal attempts … Duncan's 84 career field blocks are a school record, but close behind is Kelcie Ferreira with 81 … Duncan's career field goal percentage of .386 (204-for-528) is seventh-best for a single season in school history … This year, Duncan has chalked up 44 goals (#2 on the team) to give her 204 career goals, the second-best mark in school history behind Allison Brookes (222 career goals, 2005-08) … As a team, CSUN continues to put sizable dents in the school record book … The Matadors are averaging 12.46 goals per game, currently above the school record of 10.31 gpg set in 2010 … The 23 goals against Whittier (1/25/14) is a school record … CSUN is averaging 11.11 assists per game, well above the school record of 9.64 apg, also set in 2010 … The eleven game winning streak (2/23/14 – 3/29/14) also is a school record ... Hawai'i holds a 10-1 advantage in the series against Cal State Northridge … Only once in the series has Hawai'i played at Matador Pool … That was during the 2007 season, a 15-10 victory for UH ... Saturday at Noon, the varsity will play the Alumni.
Ratings Review …
Cal State Northridge is ranked seventh in the current CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) rankings … All six teams in the Big West Conference are nationally-ranked … UC Irvine is fifth followed by Cal State Northridge (seventh), Hawai'i (ninth), Long Beach State (12th), UC Santa Barbara (15th) and UC Davis (16th) … Stanford has taken over the #1 national ranking following its 9-5 victory over previously unbeaten USC last weekend … UCLA is ranked second followed by USC (third), California (fourth) and Arizona State (fifth).