February 14, 2008

#16 Cal State Northridge Hosts #1 UCLA in MPSF Home Opener

Northridge, Calif. - Two nationally-ranked water polo teams will open the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season when 16th ranked Cal State Northridge (3-3) hosts top-ranked and unbeaten UCLA in the home opener for the Matadors.

Game time on Saturday (2/16/08) will be noon at the Matador Pool.

The Matadors will face a Bruins team that is #1 in the nation, 10-0 on the year, and winners of three straight NCAA championships. Since the sport's inception in 1995, the Bruins have captured nine national championships, six of which are NCAA championships (first NCAA in 2001).

UCLA's offense features six players who have scored ten or more goals. Katie Rulon leads all UCLA scorers with 26 goals. Jillian Kraus has 21 goals.

Cal State Northridge also features a balanced attack. Sixteen Matador players have scored at least one goal with two players, Allison Brookes and Chelsea Curran, scoring in double figures, with 12 and ten goals, respectively.

Saturday's game will be the first of nine home games for the Matadors. The home slate includes games against #3 Stanford (4/4/08, 3:00 p.m.), #6 San Diego State (4/13/08, Noon), #14 Long Beach State (3/8/08, Noon) and #16 UC Santa Barbara (4/19/08, 10:00 a.m.).