Cal State Northridge
The school record holder in career saves with 1,305 (348 in 2007, 287 in 2008, a school record 387 in 2009, 283 in 2010) ... A three-time All-American.
Honorable Mention All-American by the Association of College Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) ... The 2010 Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Year ... Also named First Team All-Big West ... Named an Academic All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) ... A Big West All-Academic selection ... Collected 283 saves this year, fifth-best in school history ... Collected double-digit in saves in 16 games this year with a season-high 16 against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/10), Hartwick (2/14/10) and Wagner (3/11/10), 15 at UC Davis (4/16/10), 14 at Pacific (4/17/10) and against UCSB (4/24/10) at the Big West Tournament semifinals, 12 against UC San Diego (2/27/10) and UC Irvine (4/2/10), 11 against Cal Baptist (1/30/10), Long Beach State (3/27/10), at Santa Clara (4/18/10) and against UC Irvine (4/25/10) at the Big West Tournament championship game, and ten against UCLA (2/13/10), Loyola Marymount (2/28/10), Arizona State (3/6/10) and Colorado State (3/14/10) ... Gave up 6.64 goals per game, tops in the Big West Conference ... Her 10.22 saves per game were third-best in the conference ... Earlier in the year, was awarded Big West Player of the Week honors for her 42 saves in helping the Matadors to a 3-1 record at the UC San Diego Invitational.
A third team All-American selection ... First Team All-Big West Conference ... Voted CSUN's Most Valuable Defensive Player ... One of the top goalkeepers in the country ... Collected a single season school record of 387 saves this year (11.61 spg), which broke her previous best of 348 saves set two years ago as a freshman (2007) ... Tied her career-best with 20 saves against UC Davis (3/29/09) ... In 22 games, Stapf had ten or more saves including 20 against UC Davis (3/29/09), 19 in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09), 17 against Michigan (2/7/09) and 16 against Arizona State (1/24/09) ... Named Big West Player of the Week by collecting 31 saves in wins against ninth-ranked UC Irvine (7-5, 4/18/09), Sonoma State (11-4, 4/19/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (17-6, 4/19/09) ... Named an Academic All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) ... Also named to the All-Big West Academic team.
Earned Honorable Mention All-American honors by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches ... Also named an Academic All-American by the American College Water Polo Coaches (ACPWC) ... Named to the 2008 All-MPSF Academic team ... one of the top goalkeepers in the nation ... Finished with 287 saves (9.26 spg) in 2008, third-best in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) ... Her 287 saves is fourth-best for a single season in school history ... Gained MPSF Player of the Week honors with 34 saves in two games in the same day against Cal State San Bernardino and UC Santa Barbara ... the date was 4/19/08 ... Her 20 saves against Cal State San Bernardino tied her career-high originally set last season against UCSB ... tallied ten or more saves in 14 games , including the last five games of the season ... Named to the CSUN Academic Honor Roll ... During the summer of 2008, was invited and played at the prestigious Speedo Top 40 Tournament, a four-team tournament that featured Olympians that played at the 2008 Olympic Games in China along with some of the rising stars in the sport of water polo.
Jillian Stapf had one of the best freshman campaigns in school history ... Manned the cage for every minute of the 2007 season for Cal State Northridge ... Logged 348 saves in 2007, second-best in school history ... Became the first Matador goalie to score from her own cage, a feat she accomplished against Occidental on March 13 ... Became the first Matador to earn MPSF Player of the Week honors when she claimed the season's final honor after leading the Matadors to a pair of conference victories ... Named to the MPSF All-Freshman team.
Stapf earned eight letters for the Hudsonville Eagles, four as a center on the basketball team, and four as a goalie for the water polo squad ... Earned honorable mention all-conference as a freshman ... Garnered all-conference and all-region and all-state honors all four years ... As a junior, notched 256 saves, 33 steals, and 36 assists ... Elected team captain of her water polo squad her junior and senior seasons, and was captain of her basketball team her senior year ... Graduated with a 3.45 GPA.
Born on April 29, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... Parents are Joe and Connie Stapf ... has three brothers Bennett, Markah, and Dan ... Favorites include actor Harrison Ford, the band Fall Out Boy, and lasagna ... Roots for the Detroit Pistons and Chauncey Billups... Played in the Speedo Top 40 Festival, the first Matador to earn the honor ... Chose Cal State Northridge for the coaching staff, the program, and the opportunity to play in the MPSF ... Greatest sports moment was making the National Youth Water Polo squad ... The best athlete that she has competed against is Allyssa DeHaan who now plays basketball for Michigan State ... Best thing about being an athlete are her teammates ... Likes to spend time with family when she has time to relax ... Would invest a million dollars ... Her greatest hero is her mom because she always keeps fighting to overcome a huge obstacle in her life ... Majoring in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.