April 2, 2009

Nationally-Ranked Matador Women's Water Polo Team Hosts UC Santa Barbara, Cal Baptist

April 2, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - The nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team returns to the friendly confines of Matador Pool for two games on Saturday.

The first game at noon is a Big West Conference game against UC Santa Barbara, ranked 15th in the nation. This will be the second meeting of the year between Cal State Northridge (ranked 14th in the nation) and UC Santa Barbara. In a non-league game (2/7/09) at the UCSD Invitational, Kirra Kylander scored three goals and Jessica Coy and Chelsea Curran each chipped in with two goals apiece to lift the Matadors to a 10-7 decision over the Gauchos. Jillian Stapf had ten saves in goal.

At 5:00 p.m., a non-league game will feature Cal State Northridge and Cal Baptist. Earlier this year (1/31/09), Northridge tallied a decisive 15-3 victory over Cal Baptist. Tara McGinley scored a career-high four goals while Coy, Curran, Whitney Delgado and Renee Gargiulo each scored two goals. Stapf collected ten saves.

Senior Jessica Coy continues to lead the Matadors in scoring with 44 goals. Her scoring totals this year are third-best (1.57 gpg) in the Big West Conference. Tara McGinley and freshman Whitney Delgado are ninth and tenth, respectively, in the conference in scoring with 30 goals (1.07 gpg) and 26 (0.93 gpg).

In four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Coy has scored 150 goals, third-best in school history.

Jillian Stapf is averaging a league-leading 11.56 saves per game. In two-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, Stapf's 301 saves are approaching her school record of 348 saves set last year. Stapf has collected a school record 924 career saves.

Cal State Northridge Scoring Leaders (14-14 overall, 1-1 Big West)
Jessica Coy 44
Tara McGinley 30
Whitney Delgado 25
Kirra Kylander 26
Sydney Sonoda 25
Kristin McLaughlin 20
Alison Pierce 17
Renee Gargiulo 16
Chelsea Curran 11
Heidi Pettinger 11
Alyssa Goldie 3
Ashley Rogers 3
Jessica Goforth 1
Kathryn Outzen 1
Devin Sloan 1

Goalie Saves
Jillian Stapf, 301; Nicole Concialdi, 20

A look at the 2009 Cal State Northridge Water Polo Team

Nicole Concialdi, Sophomore, Chino Hills, Ca
Has played in seven games with 20 saves ... Collected a career-high eight saves in CSUN's 14-4 victory over Redlands (3/7/09) ... Collected six saves in CSUN's 12-5 win over Cal State Monterey Bay.

Jessica Coy, Senior, Temple City, Ca
CSUN's top scorer with 44 goals (third-best in the Big West) ... Has scored at least one goal in 23 of the team's 28 games ... Has scored at least two goals in 14 games ... Collected a career-high four goals in games against Princeton (3/15/09) and against Indiana (3/16/09) ... Her 44 goals is a career-best for a single season ... Previous best was 39 goals last year ... Has scored 150 career goals in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, third-best in school history.

Chelsea Curran, Sophomore, Chino, Ca
Has been out of action most of the year with a concussion ... Has played in six games ... Has scored eleven goals this year ... Tallied a season-high three goals in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09) ... Has scored two or more goals in four games ... Has scored 62 career goals, tenth-best in school history.

Whitney Delgado, Freshman, Thousand Oaks, Ca
A freshman who is third on the team in goals scored with 26 (#10 in the Big West) ... Has scored at least one goal in 16 games ... Tallied a season-high three goals in games against UC Irvine (2/8/09), Loyola Marymount (2/22/09) and Redlands (3/7/09).

Renee Gargiulo, Junior, Clovis, Ca
Has tallied 16 goals in 2009 ... Nearing her career-best season total of 21 goals last year ... Scored two goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/31/09), Michigan (2/21/09) and Indiana (3/16/09).

Jessica Goforth, Freshman, Visalia, Ca
Scored her lone goal of the year against Redlands (3/7/09).

Alyssa Goldie, Freshman, Riverside, Ca
Has scored three goals including two against Redlands (3/7/09).

Kirra Kylander, Junior, Murrieta, Ca
Third on the team in scoring with 26 ... Her season total in 2009 beats her previous total of 19 set last year ... Has scored at least one goal in 18 of the team's 28 games ... Scored a career-high three goals in games against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/09) and Sonoma State (3/15/09) ... Has scored 63 goals in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, ninth-best in school history.

Tara McGinley, Senior, Villa Park, Ca
Second on the team in scoring with 30 goals (#9 in the conference) ... Her scoring total easily beat her previous single season total of nine last year ... Tallied a career-high four goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/31/09) and Loyola Marymount (2/28/09).

Kristin McLaughlin, Junior, La Canada, Ca
Among the team leaders in scoring with 20 goals ... Has tallied two or more goals in nine games ... Scored a career-high four goals in games against UC San Diego (2/8/09) and Loyola Marymount (2/28/09).

Kathryn Outzen, Freshman, San Mateo, Ca
Scored her only goal of the season against Occidental (3/11/09).

Heidi Pettinger, Freshman, Corona, Ca
Has scored eleven goals in 2009 ... Scored a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09).

Alison Pierce, Junior, Citrus Heights, Ca
Among the team leaders in scoring with 17 goals ... Scored a career-high three goals against Pacific (3/28/09).

Ashley Rogers, Junior, Hayward, Ca
Has scored three goals including two against Redlands (3/7/09).

Devin Sloan, Senior, Danville, Ca
Scored her lone goal of the season against Cal Baptist (1/31/09).

Sydney Sonoda, Sophomore, Murrieta, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team's top scorers with 26, third-best on the Matadors ... Tallied 13 goals in her freshman season last year ... Scored career-highs in goals (4) in games against Cal Lutheran (3/7/09) and Cal State Monterey Bay (3/8/09) ... Scored nine goals in the recent Cal Lutheran Tournament to earn Big West Player of the Week honors.

Jillian Stapf, Junior, Hudsonville, Mi
One of the top goalkeepers in the country ... Has collected 301 saves this year which is approaching her single season school record of 348 saves set during her freshman season two years ago ... Her career saves mark of 924 is a school record ... Tied her career-best with 20 saves against UC Davis (3/29/09) ... In 18 games, Stapf has ten or more saves including 20 against UC Davis (3/29/09), 19 in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09), 17 against Michigan (2/7/09) and 16 against Arizona State (1/24/09).

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