March 28, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - The nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team opened Big West Conference play with a convincing 12-3 decision over Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Matador Pool.
The game was never in doubt. Cal State Northridge, ranked 15th in the nation, jumped to a 4-0 first period lead, and expanded the margin to 8-1 at halftime. In fact, CSUN scored the first six goals of the game before Pacific scored a goal with 3:46 left in the first half.
The Matadors raised their record to 14-13 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Pacific falls to 7-18 overall and 0-1 in league play.
On Sunday at noon, the competition gets a bit tougher as eleventh-ranked UC Davis invades Matador Pool. Their first meeting of the season was a non-league game at the recent UC Irvine Invitational. The Aggies scored a 8-7 victory. Jessica Coy and Tara McGinley each scored two goals for the Matadors.
Before Sunday's game against UC Davis, former Matador and all-time leading scorer Alison Brookes will be presented the Academic Momentum Award by The National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Scholar-Baller. The award is to honor Brookes for her academic and athletic success during her four years at Cal State Northridge. Brookes graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology. In addition to her being the school's all-time leading scorer (222 goals) and being a three-time All-American, Brookes was also an Academic All-American and was a valued contributor to the community.
Cal State Northridge (14-13, 1-0) 4-4-2-2=12
Pacific (7-18, 0-1) 0-1-2-0=3
CSUN Scorers: Alison Pierce 3, Tara McGinley 2, Jessica Coy 1, Whitney Delgado 1, Kirra Kylander 1, Sydney Sonoda 1, Kristin McLaughlin 1, Renee Gargiulo 1, Heidi Pettinger 1
UOP Scorers: Kailee Bucknum 2, Dara Tawarahara 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 7, Nicole Concialdi (CSUN) 2; Lindsey Pengilly (UOP) 12
Remaining Home Schedule
Sunday, March 29, vs UC Davis, Noon
Saturday, April 4, vs UC Santa Barbara, Noon
Saturday, April 4, vs Cal Baptist, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, vs Cal State San Bernardino, tba
Sunday, April 19, vs Sonoma State, tba