Northridge, Ca. – The heroics of Cal State Northridge senior Melissa Doll helped her earn Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Week honors.
Trailing 8-7 against ninth-ranked Hawai'i, the Matadors appeared headed for defeat when Doll delivered a gam-tying goal with two seconds to play in regulation. CSUN went onto win, 9-8, in double overtime, and preserved its unbeaten record (2-0) in Big West play.
Doll played a key role throughout the match, scoring three goals to go along with three steals and an assist for the seventh-ranked Matadors. Doll's other goals twice shaved the deficit to two at the end of the second and third quarters.
CSUN is 21-6 overall season. The Matadors host 12th-ranked Long Beach State on Saturday (April 12) and sixth-ranked UC Irvine on Sunday (April 13) in Big West competition. Both games start at noon. Admission is free.
Matador Memo …
Lindsy Duncan now has possession of two school records and is the current school record holder in a third category … With three assists against Hawai'i (4/2/14), Duncan now has 185 career assists, one better than Lynzy Klein (184, 2004-06) … Duncan's name appears throughout the school record book … Duncan is still the current school record holder in field blocks (84) closely followed by Kelcie Ferreira (82) … Duncan is second-best all-time in career goals (205), 17 goals behind Allison Brookes (222, 2005-08) … Duncan is enjoying another outstanding season with 45 goals (second-best in the conference) and a shooting percentage of .388 (45-for-166) … Marisa Young is the conference leader with 58 goals … As a team, CSUN continues to put sizable dents in the school record book … The Matadors are averaging 12.33 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 11.04 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.
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 sixth followed by Cal State Northridge (seventh), Hawai'i (ninth), Long Beach State (12th), UC Santa Barbara (15th) and UC Davis (16th).