April 26, 2009

Cal State Northridge Falls In Season Finale

April 26, 2009

Stockton, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's water polo season ended on Sunday afternoon with a 10-6 loss to UC Davis in the third place game at the 2009 Big West Conference Tournament at UOP's Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

The loss gave CSUN a 20-16 season record.

UC Davis got on the scoreboard early. Sophia Patronas scored the first goal of the game 90 seconds after the opening sprint. The Aggies then scored another goal less than a minute later.

UC Davis upped its lead to 3-0, still in the first period. A crucial save from CSUN's goalkeeper Jillian Stapf turned into a transition goal by Kristin McLaughlin for the first Matador goal of the day with 3:11 left in the first period. However, UCD's Lindsay Kiyama responded with her second goal of the period 16 seconds later. UC Davis took a 4-1 lead to end the first period.

The second period started with an offensive surge from the Matadors. Sydney Sonoda started a three-goal rally with a goal coming 89 seconds into the quarter. With 4:35 left in the period, Whitney Delgado narrowed the UC Davis lead to one goal at 4-3. Then McLaughlin netted her second goal of the game to tied the match at 4-4.

The Aggies regained the lad with a goal from Rachelle Smith with 3:05 remaining in the half. Another UC Davis goal found the back of the Matador net to extend the Aggie lead to two goals, 6-4, going into the halftime break.

Defense took center stage in the third period. Only one goal was scored, and that belonged to CSUN's Kirra Kylander with 5:04 left in the period to cut the UC Davis lead to 6-5.

However back came UC Davis with a goal by Kiyama just 25 seconds into the final period. Sixty seconds later, UCD's Kaylee Miller netted her second goal to make it 8-5. UC Davis scored again 40 seconds later to give the Aggies their largest lead of the day, 9-5. Delgado answered for the Matadors to make it 9-6, but the Aggies scored with 3:00 remaining in the match to take a 10-6 lead.

Third-seed UC Irvine won the league tournament title with a 13-9 victory over fourth-seed UC Santa Barbara in the championship game.

Cal State Northridge (20-16) 1-3-1-1=6
UC Davis (23-10) 4-2-0-4=10
CSUN Scorers: Whitney Delgado 2, Kristin McLaughlin 2, Kirra Kylander 1, Sydney Sonoda 1
UCD Scorers: Lindsay Kiyama 3, Ashley Chandler 2, Kaylee Miller 2, Sophia Patronas 1, Rachelle Smith 1, Lauren Seidemann 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 9; Casey Hines (UCD) 5, Diana Pivachek (UCD) 6

The 2009 Big West Women's Water Polo Championships (UOP, Stockton, Calif.)

Friday, April 24
Game 1 - #4 UC Santa Barbara 14, #5 Pacific 8
Game 2 - #3 UC Irvine 5, #6 Long Beach State 3

Saturday, April 25
Game 3 - #4 UC Santa Barbara 6, Cal State Northridge 5, sudden victory overtime
Game 4 - #3 UC Irvine 10, #2 UC Davis 8

Sunday, April 26
Fifth Place Game - #6 Long Beach State (9-19) 7, Pacific (9-25) 6
Third Place Game - #2 UC Davis (23-10) 10, #1 Cal State Northridge (20-16) 6
Championship game - #3 UC Irvine (23-9) 13, #4 UC Santa Barbara (17-12) 9

Record Review
Jillian Stapf finished her junior season in 2009 with a school record 387 saves ... That broke her previous school record of 348 set during her freshman season in 2007 ... Stapf now has 1,012 saves in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, a school record ... The previous school record was 763 by Garziella Caredda (2003-06) ... Senior Jessica Coy (2006-09) ended her four-year Matador career with 162 goals, third-best in school history behind Allison Brookes (2005-08, 222 goals) and Chari Christopher (2003-05, 177 goals) ... Coy had 55 goals this year, fourth-best in school history behind Chari Christopher (2005) with 74, Alison Brookes (2006) with 72, and Brookes (2007) with 62 ... Kirra Kylander's (2007-) 71 career goals is ninth-best in school history while Chelsea Curran's (2007-) 62 career goals are tenth-best in school history ... Curran recorded eleven goals this year, but was redshirted following an early season concussion ... Coy finished her CSUN career as the school record holder in career assist with more than 230 ... The 20 wins by Cal State Northridge this year is second-best in school history ... During the 2003 campaign, the Matadors chalked up a 24-8 record.

2009 Cal State Northridge (20-16 overall, 4-1 Big West)
Jessica Coy 55
Tara McGinley 39
Sydney Sonoda 37
Whitney Delgado 35
Kirra Kylander 34
Kristin McLaughlin 29
Alison Pierce 27
Renee Gargiulo 22
Heidi Pettinger 12
Chelsea Curran 11
Alyssa Goldie 3
Ashley Rogers 3
Kathryn Outzen 2
Jessica Goforth 1
Devin Sloan 1
Totals: 311

Goalie Saves
Jillian Stapf, 387; Nicole Concialdi 27