April 18, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Three seniors will be playing in their final home games on Saturday (4/19/08) when the 15th-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team hosts 16th ranked UC Santa Barbara and Cal State San Bernardino at Matador Pool.
The Matadors face the Gauchos at 10:00 a.m. in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game. CSUN will then face Cal State San Bernardino later in the day at 3:00 p.m. Also slated is a 12:30 p.m. game between UCSB and Cal State San Bernardino.
Allison Brookes, Dayna Van Gorder and Brianna Wilson are the three seniors who have provided leadership and determination during their years at Cal State Northridge. Brookes, who gained All-American honors last year, is the all-time leading scorer in Matador history. Brookes has tallied 211 goals during her four seasons at Cal State Northridge. Earlier this year, Brookes passed Chari Christopher (177, 2003-05) to become the school's all-time leading scorer. Brookes scored 30 goals in 2005, 72 goals in 2006, 62 goals last year, and leads the team this year with 38 goals.
Van Gorder has scored 75 goals in her two seasons at Cal State Northridge. Her career scoring total is sixth-best at CSUN, and only three goals short of tying Lynzy Klein (2004-06) in career scoring in fifth place. Van Gorder scored 52 goals last year, and has added 23 goals this year.
Wilson played two seasons at San Jose State before transferring to Cal State Northridge in 2006. Although hampered by injuries during her tenure at Cal State Northridge, Wilson has been team leader and an inspiration to her teammates.
Seven CSUN players have scored in double figures for Cal State Northridge in 2008. Brookes leads the lead with 38 goals followed by Jessica Coy with 32, Chelsea Curran with 29, Van Gorder with 23, Renee Gargiulo with 17, and Kirra Kylander and Kristin McLaughlin with 16 each.
Jillian Stapf has 217 saves in 26 games in goal. Her stats are sixth-best in the MPSF.