Feb. 26, 2010
Irvine, Calif. - The nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge (9-2) women's water polo team gets a chance to compete against the nation's best colleges and universities this weekend (Feb. 27-28) at the prestigious UC Irvine Invitational.
This tournament is big-time. Fourteen of the 16 teams in the field are nationally-ranked. The field includes top-ranked Stanford, #2 USC, #3 and five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA, #4 California, #5 Michigan, #6 Hawai'i, #7 Loyola Marymount, #8 Arizona State, #9 Cal State Northridge, #10 San Jose State, #11 UC Irvine, #13 San Diego State, #14 UC Santa Barbara and #15 UC San Diego.
The games will be held at UCI's Anteater Aquatics Complex campus pool and at Corona Del Mar High School.
Tournament play (two games) will continue on Sunday at times determined on how the teams fare on Friday.
The Matadors begin play on Saturday (Feb. 27) against eighth-ranked Arizona State at 10:15 a.m. at Corona Del Mar High School. The winner of the CSUN-ASU game will play at 2:00 p.m. at CDMHS at against either top-ranked Stanford or #15 UC San Diego. The loser of the CSUN-ASU game will play at 3:15 p.m. at CDMHS against either Stanford or UCSD.
Stanford, which is 9-0, is the defending UCI Invitational.
Whitney Delgado and Sydney Sonoda are off to great starts in 2010. They are 1-2 in scoring this year. Both have produced 20-plus goals this year with Delgado leading the way with 23 followed by Sonoda with 20. Delgado is second in the Big West Conference in goals (23) behind UOP's Jasmine Myles. Sonoda is fourth (20 goals) behind Dara Tawarahara of UOP who is third in the league with 21 goals.
Senior goaltender Jillian Stapf continues to compile outstanding numbers. Stapf has started the year with 92 saves (8.40 saves per game) which is third-best in the conference behind Ruth Milne of UC Santa Barbara with 98 and Brooke Millar of UOP with 94.
As a team, Cal State Northridge is #1 on defense in the league allowing only 6.18 goals per game.
The Matadors are second in the BWC in offense at 10.73 goals per game. Pacific is first with 11.09 goals per game.
UC Irvine will have results of each game during the two-day UCI Invitational at www.ucirvinesports.com ... Whitney Delgado's 20 goals this year have pushed her into the school's Top 10 in career scoring ... Delgado has 67 career goals, tenth-best in school history ... Lynzy Klein (2004-06) resides in ninth place with 78 ... Chelsea Curran has 65 career goals, eleventh-best in school history ... Senior All-American goalkeeper Jillian Stapf now has 1,105 career saves in her four year Matador career, a school record ... Kirra Kylander has eight goals this year to give her 78 for her career which moves her into a tie for eight place with Lynzy Klein (2004-06) in the school record book ... Kylander leads the team this year in assists (24) ... That gives her 145 in her CSUN career ... That is third-best in the school record book ... Only Lynzy Klein (2004-06) with 184 and school record holder Jessica Coy (1006-09) with 221 are ahead ... Renee Gargiulo is staking her claim in the school record book ... Gargiulo's eleven assists this year gives her 82 for her career, eighth-best in school history ... Gargiulo's six steals this year gives her 77 for her career which is eighth-best in the Matador record book.