Tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge Hosts #13 UC Irvine, travels to Top-Ranked USC

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April 1, 2010

Northridge, Calif. - A look at this week's schedule for the tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge water polo team reveals some real tough competition.

On Friday (4/2/10, 3:00 p.m.) at Matador Pool, the Matadors will host 13th-ranked UC Irvine (9-11) in a Big West Conference game. Then on Saturday (4/3/10, 2:00 p.m.), Cal State Northridge gets a great opportunity to see how it stacks up against an elite collegiate water polo team, the top-ranked USC Trojans (14-1) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

The Matadors are definitely on a roll. CSUN has won nine straight games to raise its season record to 20-5. It is the third time in the nine-year history of Matador water polo program that the team has won at least 20 games. During the 2003 campaign, Cal State Northridge was 24-8. Last year, the Matadors were 20-16.

Cal State Northridge is 1-0 in Big West play following last week's 11-4 victory over Long Beach State. UC Irvine, 9-11 overall, will be playing its first league contest when it faces Cal State Northridge.

The Anteaters feature a balanced attack with Caitlin Haskell leading the UCI attack with 29 goals followed by Cortney Collyer with 28, Jessy Cardey with 20 and Kat Plummer with 18. Plummer has 115 career goals (7th all-time in school history), Collyer has 73 goals (9th all-time) and Haskell has 71 career goals (tenth all-time).

The game at #1 USC on Saturday will be a supreme test for CSUN. The Trojans are the unanimous pick to be the #1 team in the nation, and has chalked up some impressive wins in a 14-1 season. Victories include those over #2 Stanford (10-6), #3 California (10-5), #4 UCLA (13-3), #5 Hawaii (14-7), #6 San Jose State (15-5), #7 Loyola Marymount (9-2), #8 Michigan (14-6), #13 UC Irvine (15-5) and #14 San Diego State (9-4).

USC has won 12 games in a row. During that span, the Trojans have not allowed more than four goals in the past three games, and goalie Tumua Anae has recorded at least ten saves in six straight games.

Joelle Bakhazi leads the USC attack with 26 goals. Patricia Jancso and Kally Lucas have 22 and 21 goals, respectively.

This will be the eighth meeting in the CSUN-USC series with the Trojans holding a 7-0 advantage.

One advantage for Cal State Northridge in its meeting against top-ranked USC at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Trojans will have a noon game against 19th-ranked Cal State Bakersfield before facing the Matadors.

Rankings Review
Cal State Northridge continues to maintain its #10 national ranking, according to this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association poll find ... It is the fifth straight week CSUN has been ranked tenth in the country ... Pac-10 schools continue to be the elite collegiate water polo teams in the country ... Five Pac-10 schools are ranked in the Top 10 led by #1 USC, #2 Stanford, #3 California, #4 and five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA, and ninth-ranked Arizona State ... Hawai'i is ranked fifth, while San Jose State is sixth, Loyola Marymount is ranked seventh, and Michigan is eighth ... Other Big West schools ranked in the national Top-20 besides tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge are UC Santa Barbara (12th), UC Irvine (13th), UOP (16th) and UC Davis (18th).

Conference Clips
Cal State Northridge has the #1 defense in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors have given up only 6.04 goals per game ... CSUN's offense is second-best in the conference at 10.40 gpg ... Pacific is the league leader at 10.76 goals per game ... Nicole Concialdi and Jillian Stapf are ranked 1-2 in the league in giving up goals per game ... Concialdi has given up 5.73 gpg while Stapf is in giving up only 6.17 goals per game ... Stapf's 10.00 saves per game is third-best in the BWC behind UCSB's Ruth Milne at 10.74 spg and UOP's Brooke Miller at 10.55 spg ... Three CSUN players are among the top five scorers in the Big West Conference ... Super sophomore Whitney Delgado has 53 goals, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Jasmine Myles of Pacific with 64 ... Alison Pierce is fourth with 37 goals while Sydney Sonoda has 31 goals, seventh-best in the league.

Honors Hoopla
Three goals and three steals against Long Beach State (3/27/10) has netted Cal State Northridge water polo player Heidi Pettinger Big West Player of the Week honors ... Pettinger, a sophomore center-defender form Corona, Calif., now has 22 goals (fourth-best on the Matadors) in 24 games played this year, far surpassing her 12 goals in 36 games last year ... Pettinger's career-high three goals against the 49ers is the fourth-time this year she has accomplished that feat ... Pettinger, in addition to her 22 goals, is among the team leaders in steals (25) and assists (15) ... Pettinger is the third Matador water polo player to win Big West Player of the Week honors this season ... Earlier this year, Jillian Stapf and Whitney Delgado were honored for their outstanding play.

Career Chatter
Four Cal State Northridge players find themselves fighting for a spot in the school record Top 10 for career goals ... Sophomore Whitney Delgado (2009-) is seventh all-time in scoring with 88 goals ... Senior Kirra Kylander (2007-) has 85 career goals, good for eighth place in the record book ... Junior Chelsea Curran (2007-) has 80 career goals which is tenth all-time in school history while Sydney Sonoda (2008-) is eleventh all-time in career goals with 78 ... Senior Kristin McLaughlin (2007-) will end her four-year CSUN career ranked in the school record book Top-10 in career steals (178, #3) and career assists (113, #4) ... Another senior, Kirra Kylander (2007-) is third all-time in career assists (129) ... Senior Renee Gagiulo (2007-) is seventh all-time in career steals (113) and eight all-time in career assists (90) ... Senior All-American Jillian Stapf continues to improve on her career saves school record ... Stapf's 175 saves (#9 for a single season) this year gives her 1,197 for her four-year career.

Delgado Dialogue
Whitney Delgado continues to produce great offensive statistics ... Only a sophomore, Delgado has a team-leading 53 goals which is the most number of single season goals since the 2007 season when Allison Brookes tallied 62 goals ... The school record for single season goals is certainly within reach for Delgado ... The school record is 74 by Chari Christopher during the 2005 season ... Delgado has 88 career goals in less than two seasons at Cal State Northridge which is seventh-best in school history ... Delgado tallied 35 goals in 36 games last year, and this year her 53 goals have been produced in just 24 games ... Delgado has scored at least one goal in 23 of the 24 games she has played ... At the Cal Lutheran Invitational, Delgado produced a career-high six goals against ninth-ranked Arizona State. ... For her efforts (13 goals in four games at the Cal Lutheran Invitational), Delgado was voted Big West Water Polo Player of the Week ... It is the third such honor for a Matador player this year ... Heidi Pettinger, with three goals and three steals last week against Long Beach State (3/27/10), is the current Big West Athlete of the Week ... Earlier this year, senior All-American Jillian Stapf gained Big West Player of the Week accolades ... Delgado `s 53 goals are second-best in the Big West Conference behind Pacific's Jasmine Myles who has 64.

Fast Facts
Kirra Kylander's team-leading 46 assists this year are eighth-best for a single season in school history ... Whitney Delgado is not only a scoring machine, but she is third on the Matadors in assists (24) and fourth in steals (21) ... Kristin McLaughlin is enjoying a triple double-double season with a team-leading 28 steals, 32 assists and 12 goals ... Ten CSUN players have scored at least eleven goals this year ... Cal State Northridge is quick to grab the lead in games ... In the first period alone, the Matadors have outscored the opposition (77-to-39), and enjoy a 71-to-27 goal margin in the second period.

The 2010 Cal State Northridge Varsity Water Polo Roster

Sabrina Anonas, Two-Meter, RS Freshman, Coronado, Ca.
Has tallied 14 goals ... Has scored at least one goal in nine games with a career-high three goals in games against Pomona-Pitzer (3/6/10), Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10) and Occidental (3/11/10).

Danielle Berman, Defender, RS Freshman, Irvine, Ca.
Has scored four goals.

Nicole Concialdi, Goalkeeper, Junior, Chino Hills, Ca.
Has tallied a career-high 69 saves ... Has ten or more saves in three games including a career-high 15 saves against Pomona-Pitzer (3/6/10), 12 against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10) and eleven against Fresno Pacific (1/30/10) ... Has 112 career saves in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, fifth-best in school history ... Tops in the Big West Conference in giving up only 5.73 goals per game.

Chelsea Curran, Two-Meter, RS Junior, Chino, Ca.
Among the team leaders in scoring with 18 goals ... Scored two goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/30/10) and Cal Lutheran (3/6/10) ... Has scored 80 career goals at Cal State Northridge, tenth-best in school history.

Whitney Delgado, Attacker, Sophomore, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
One of the top players in the nation ... Has scored a team-leading 53 goals (#2 in the Big West Conference behind UOP's Jasmine Myles with 64 ... Has scored at least one goal in 23 of 24 games she has played ... Has tallied two or more goals in 16 games including a career-high six goals against nationally-ranked Arizona State (3/6/10)... Scored four goals against Cal Lutheran (3/6/10) ... The team's leading scorer in ten games ... Has scored 88 goals in less than two seasons at Cal State Northridge, seventh-best in school history ... Among the team leaders this year in assists (24, #3) and steals (21, #4).

Renee Gargiulo, Driver, Senior, Clovis, Ca.
Among the team leaders in scoring with 18 goals ... Has scored two goals in seven games ... Has 113 career steals, seventh-best in school history ... Has 90 career assists, eighth-best in school history.

Jessica Goforth, Defender, Junior, Visalia, Ca.
Has tallied three goals.

Alyssa Goldie, Attacker, Sophomore, Riverside, Ca.
Has tallied four goals ... Scored a season-high two goals against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10).

Leah Janke, Attacker, Freshman, Wildomar, Ca.
Has scored five goals ... Scored two goals against Fresno Pacific (1/30/10).

Kirra Kylander, Driver, Senior, Murrieta, Ca.
A double-digit scorer with 14 goals ... Has scored two goals in games against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10), UC Santa Barbara (2/7/10), Villanova (3/7/10) and Redlands (3/14/10) ... Has scored 85 career goals at Cal State Northridge, eighth-best in school history ... Leads the team in assists with 46, eighth-best for a single season in school history ... Her 129 career assists are third-best in school history ... Her 83 career steals are tenth-best in school history.

Torrey Kylander, Attacker, RS Freshman, Murrieta, Ca.
Has tallied four goals.

Kristin McLaughlin, Utility, Senior, La Canada, Ca.
A double-digit scorer with 12 goals ... Scored two goals in games against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10) and Villanova (3/7/10) ... Leads the team in steals with 28 ... Her 180 career steals are third-best in school history ... Has 113 career assists, fourth-best in the CSUN record book.

Kathryn Outzen, Attacker, Sophomore, San Mateo, Ca.
Has scored in two games including a season-high two goals against Fresno Pacific (1/30/10).

Heidi Pettinger, Two-Meter, Sophomore, Corona, Ca.
This week's Big West Player of the Week for her three goals and three steals against Long Beach State (3/27/10) ... Among the team leaders in goals scored with 22 (#19 in the BWC) ... Also scored three goals in games against Hartwick (2/6/10) and Wagner (3/11/10).

Alison Pierce, Utility, Senior, Citrus Heights, Ca.
Second on the team in scoring (37 goals, #4 in the BWC) ... Has scored at least two goals in nine games ... Scored a career-high five goals against Marist (2/6/10).

Ashley Rogers, Attacker, Senior, Hayward, Ca.
Scored her lone goal of the season against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10).

Kylie Sarpa, Attacker, Freshman, San Jose, Ca.
Has scored six goals ... Scored two goals in the season opener against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10).

Bethany Scamara, Driver, Junior, Fontana, Ca.
Has scored eleven goals ... Scored three goals Fresno Pacific (1/30/10) and Occidental (3/11/10).

Sydney Sonoda, Utility, Junior, Murrieta, Ca.
Third on the team in scoring with 31 goals (#7 in the BWC) ... Has scored at least one goal in 14 games ... Scored a career-high five goals against Hartwick (2/14/10) ... Scored four goals against Cal Baptist (1/30/10) ... Has scored 78 career goals at Cal State Northridge, eleventh-best in school history.

Jillian Stapf, Goalkeeper, Senior, Hudsonville, Mi
The school record holder in career saves with 1,197 (348 in 2007, 287 in 2008, a school record 387 in 2009, 175 in 2010) ... Has collected 175 saves this year, eighth-best in school history ... Has collected double-digit in saves with a season-high 16 against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/10), Hartwick (2/14/10) and Wagner (3/11/10), 12 against UC San Diego (2/27/10), 11 against Cal Baptist (1/30/10) and Long Beach State (3/27/10), and ten against UCLA (2/13/10), Loyola Marymount (2/28/10), Arizona State (3/6/10) and Colorado State (3/14/10) ... Is giving up 6.17 goals per game, second-best in the Big West Conference ... Her 10.00 saves per game is third-best in the conference.

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