Santa Barbara, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara, ranked 15th in the nation, recorded an 8-7 upset victory over ninth-ranked Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference women's water polo game on Friday afternoon at Gaucho Pool.
This game was close from start-to-finish. Both teams scored two goals in each of the first and second periods to enter halftime at 4-4.
UC Santa Barbara scored two straight goals in the third period to take a 6-4 lead. The Matadors then scored two goals to again tie the game at 6-6. However, the Gauchos scored a goal near the end of the third period to take a 7-6 lead.
CSUN again tied the game early in the fourth period, but UCSB's Jessica Porter scored the winning goal with 4:43 to play.
CSUN's overall record fell to 22-8 and 3-2 in league competition. UCSB increased its season record to 11-14 overall and 2-3 in conference action.
CSUN will now have eight days to prepare for the Big West Conference Tournament (April 25-27) at Long Beach State. The Matadors have earned a first round bye into the semifinals on Saturday (April 26) at 3:15 pm. CSUN, seeded second, will face either #3 seed Hawai'i or #6 UC Davis.
Matador Memo …
Jenny Jamison has scored three goals in each of her last three games … Jamison now has 167 career goals to move into sixth place all-time at Cal State Northridge … UCSB's 8-7 victory broke CSUN's three game winning streak against the Gauchos … CSUN still leads the series, 15-12.
CSUN (22-8 overall, 3-2 BWC) 2-2-2-1 = 7
UC Santa Barbara (11-14 overall, 2-3 BWC) 2-2-3-1 = 8
CSUN Goal Scorers: Jenny Jamison 3, Lindsy Duncan 2, Melissa Doll 1, Molly Henehan 1
UCSB Goal Scorers: Lauren Martin 2, Jessie Porter 2, Carly Christian 1, Samantha Murphy 1, Miranda Schrader 1, Brenna Thomas 1
CSUN Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis 4
UCSB Goalie Saves: MacKenzie Brokaw 7
The 2014 Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Tournament
Host: Long Beach State University
Friday, April 25
Match 1 – 1:30 pm: #4 Long Beach State (18-10 overall, 2-3 BWC) vs #5 UC Santa Barbara (11-14 overall, 2-3 BWC)
Match 2 – 3:15 pm: #3 Hawai'i (17-9 overall, 3-2 BWC) vs #6 UC Davis (12-16 overall, 0-5 BWC)
Saturday, April 26
Match 3 – 1:30 pm - #1 UC Irvine (21-7 overall, 5-0 BWC) vs Long Beach State or UC Santa Barbara
Match 4 – 3:15 pm - #2 Cal State Northridge (22-8 overall, 3-2 BWC) vs Hawai'i or UC Davis
Sunday, April 27
Match 5 – 10:30 am – Loser Match #1 vs Loser Match #2, Fifth Place
Match 6 – 12:15 pm – Loser Match #3 vs Loser Match #4, Third Place
Match 7 – 2:00 pm – Championship Match