Tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge Defeats #13 UC Santa Barbara, #19 Cal Baptist

April 10, 2010

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Chalk up two more wins for the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo program.

As expected, the clash between tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge and 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon was expected to be close.

And close it was. Each team traded goals in the first period with the game knotted at 2-2.

The next frame saw the Gauchos outscore the Matadors, 2-1, to take a 4-3 halftime lead.

It wasn't until the 5:44 mark of the third period that the Matadors tied the game at 4-4 on a penalty shot. However, with eight seconds remaining in the third period, UCSB found the back of the Matador net to take a 5-4, lead going into the final frame.

Cal State Northridge evened the game at 5-5 midway through the fourth period.

With 1:26 left in regulation, UCSB again score to take a one-goal lead at 6-5. Again Cal State Northridge fought back with a tying goal 32 seconds later by Kristin McLaughlin.

Later in the game with the score tied at 6-6, Cal State Northridge went on the attack and with 20 seconds remaining on the clock, UCSB fouled Sydney Sonoda on a 5-meter penalty. The Matadors responded with a penalty shot goal by Whitney Delgado. The winning goal gave Cal State Northridge a 7-6 victory over the Gauchos in a battle of first place teams in the Big West Conference.

The victory gave Cal State Northridge a 3-0 mark in the league while UC Santa Barbara fell to 2-1. CSUN is 22-6 overall and UCSB falls to 15-9. The Gauchos had been 9-1 in their home pool before today's game against the Matadors.

Once again, super sophomore Whitney Delgado came through another big game. Delgado tallied a game-high three goals. Senior All-American goalkeeper Jillian Stapf collected eight saves. Stapf also stopped two five-meter penalty shots against the Gauchos.

Later in the day, Cal State Northridge picked up its 23rd win of the season with a 6-2 decision over 19th-ranked Cal Baptist. Renee Gargiulo and Alison Pierce scored two goals apieve to lead the team to the win. Senior All-American Jillian Stapf picked up 14 saves. It was the 12th game this season Stapf has collected ten or more saves.

Sunday at Noon and again at 5:30 p.m., the Matadors will host Whittier and Chapman, respectively, in the final home games of the season. Before the first game against Whittier, seven seniors (Alexis Gackstetter, Renee Gargiulo, Kirra Kylander, Kristin McLaughlin, Alison Pierce, Ashley Rogers, Jennifer Stapf) will be honored for their contributions to the Matador water polo program.

Matador Memo
The win over UCSB today was the third of the season against the Gauchos ... Cal State Northridge now has 23 wins this year and is one short of the school record of 24 wins (24-8) set during the 2003 season ... Whitney Delgado has scored six goals in the third wins over UC Santa Barbara this year.

Cal State Northridge (22-6, 3-0 BWC) 2-1-1-3=7
UC Santa Barbara (15-9, 2-1 BWC) 2-2-1-1=6
CSUN Scorers: Whitney Delgado 3, Chelsea Curran 1, Sydney Sonoda 1, Heidi Pettinger 1, Kristin McLaughlin 1
UCSB Scorers: Michelle Beaudreau 1, Katie Kepner 1, Kathryn Nelson 1, Nancy Ruano 1, Elle Quane 1, Nancy Ruano 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 8; Ruth Milne (UCSB) 11

Cal State Northridge (24-8) 1-1-2-2=6
Cal Baptist (19-16) 1-0-1-0=2
CSUN Scorers: Renee Gargiulo 2, Alison Pierce 2, Chelsea Curran 1, Sydney Sonoda 1
CB Scorers: Collette Brown 1, Alyssa Birch 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 14; Camryn Rogers (CP) 9