May 18, 2009

Jessica Coy, Jillian Stapf Earn MVP Awards At Annual Team Banquet

May 18, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - Jessica Coy and Jillian Stapf, who helped lead the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team to a 20-win season (20-16), and a share of the Big West Conference regular season championship, were recently honored for their accomplishments along with several other Matadors during the team's end-of-the-year banquet.

Coy was named CSUN's Most Valuable Player following a season in which she led the Matadors in scoring (55 goals, #4 in the Big West Conference) and was among the top three players in the league in assists (47). Her goal totals included a career-high four in games against Princeton (3/13/09) and Indiana (3/16/09).

For her efforts this season, Coy was named second team All-Big West Conference.

Coy ended her four-year Matador career with a school record 221 assists, and 160 goals, third-best in school history.

"Jessica's impact and influence on this program has been immeasurable," said Matador head coach Molly Barnes. "When I think of her contributions, it goes beyond statistics. Jessica has been one of the hardest working, most competitive players this program has ever had. Jessica was a quiet leader in her first three years at Cal State Northridge, leading by example and with her work ethic. This year, Jessica took the helm and became a vocal team captain."

Stapf, who set two school records while starting for a third straight season in goal, was CSUN's Most Valuable Defensive Player.

Stapf, one of the nation's top goalkeepers, collected a school record 387 saves during the 2009 season. Her saves per game average of 11.61 was tops in the Big West Conference.

In 22 games this year, Stapf had ten or more saves including a career-high 20 against UC Davis (3/29/09) and 19 in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09).

Stapf has 1,012 career saves in three years at Cal State Northridge, a school record.

Needless to say, Stapf gained first team All-Big West Conference honor.

"I think it's safe to say Jillian was the backbone of our success this year," said Barnes. "Although she had a terrific team defense in front of her, she was simply outstanding in the cage. In fact, she was the main reason the team was ranked #1 in team defense in the Big West Conference.

Kristin McLaughlin was given the Matador Award for "Outstanding Performance." This award is given for general overall excellence. McLaughlin finished the season with a team-leading 68 steals and 48 assists, 29 goals and 22 kick outs drawn.

"Whether she was helping organize the defense, running the offense or helping the coaching staff with game clock management, we simply were a better team with her in the game," said Barnes.

McLaughlin, a junior majoring in Political Science, also carried one of the top GPA's on the team.

Several other awards were presented during the evening. Sydney Sonoda, who gained second team all-league honors, was given the Coaches "Work Ethic Award." Sonoda was third on the Matadors in goals scored with 37. Her scoring efforts included a career-high four goals in games against Cal Lutheran (3/7/09) and against Cal State Monterey Bay (3/8/09).

Sonoda set a school record with 74 exclusions drawn.

Whitney Delgado easily won Rookie of the Year accolades. Delgado tallied 35 goals this year, the most by a freshman player in the Big West Conference. Delgado tallied a season-high three goals in games against UC Irvine (2/8/09), Loyola Marymount (2/22/09) and Redlands (3/7/09). Delgado also collected 18 assists.

Two other Matador freshmen (Heidi Pettinger, Jessica Goforth) earned Most Improved Player honors. Pettinger scored 12 goals in 2009 including a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09). Although she only scored one goal in 2009, Goforth was honored for her positive attitude, and team play.

"Although she started the season as a defensive specialist, Heidi slowly turned into a solid post-up option and continued to improve that part of her game as the season wore on," said Barnes. "My favorite thing about Jessica is her positive attitude. Through the grind of the season, Jessica came in everyday ready to work and do whatever was needed. She also improved tremendously as a player as the year progressed."

Coy, along with Tara McGinley and Devin Sloan, were honored as graduating seniors. McGinley was second in the team in scoring (39 goals, and third on the team in steals (38). Sloan was a reserve during her four seasons at CSUN, but admired for hard work, positive attitude and team play.

"Tara is, by far, the most explosive player I've ever coached," said Barnes. "She's so explosive that she hurts people because you don't have time to react when she comes at you in the pool. Devin has had a lot of ups-and-downs in the program but has always maintained a positive attitude. She never stopped working hard. This year, she became a very important leader on the team, helping organize team functions and very instrumental in integrating all the freshman/new players. As I mentioned earlier, Jessica's impact and influence on the CSUN water polo program is immeasurable."

Cal State Northridge Scoring Leaders (20-16 overall, 4-1 Big West)
Jessica Coy 55
Tara McGinley 39
Sydney Sonoda 37
Whitney Delgado 35
Kirra Kylander 34
Kristin McLaughlin 29
Alison Pierce 27
Renee Gargiulo 22
Heidi Pettinger 12
Chelsea Curran 11
Alyssa Goldie 3
Ashley Rogers 3
Kathryn Outzen 2
Jessica Goforth 1
Devin Sloan 1

Goalie Saves
Jillian Stapf, 387; Nicole Concialdi, 27

A look at the 2009 Cal State Northridge Water Polo Team

Nicole Concialdi, Sophomore, Chino Hills, Ca
Played in eleven games with 27 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
Second team All-Big West Conference ... Voted CSUN's Most Valuable Offensive Player ... CSUN's top scorer with 55 goals (fourth-best in the Big West) ... Her 55 goals are fifth-best for a single season in school history ... Scored at least one goal in 27 of the team's 36 games ... Scored at least two goals in 18 games ... Collected a career-high four goals in games against Princeton (3/15/09) and against Indiana (3/16/09) ... Her 55 goals was a career-best for a single season ... Previous best was 39 goals last year ... Scored 160 career goals in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, third-best in school history ... Set a school record with 221 career assists.

Chelsea Curran, Sophomore, Chino, Ca
Redshirted this season after suffering an early season concussion ... Played in six games ... Scored eleven goals this year ... Tallied a season-high three goals in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09) ... Scored two or more goals in four games ... Has scored 62 career goals, tenth-best in school history.

Whitney Delgado, Freshman, Thousand Oaks, Ca
Voted CSUN Rookie of the Year ... A freshman who was fourth on the team in goals scored with 35 (0.97 gpg, #11 in the Big West) ... Scored at least one goal in 21 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
Tallied 22 goals in 2009 ... Scored two goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/31/09), Michigan (2/21/09), Indiana (3/16/09), UC Santa Barbara (4/4/09) and Cal Baptist (4/4/09).

Jessica Goforth, Freshman, Visalia, Ca
Voted CSUN co-Most Improved Player ... Scored her lone goal of the year against Redlands (3/7/09).

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

Kirra Kylander, Junior, Murrieta, Ca
Fifth on the team in scoring with 34 ... Her season total in 2009 easily beats her previous total of 19 set last year ... Scored at least one goal in 23 of the team's 36 games ... Scored a career-high three goals in games against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/09). Sonoma State (3/15/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (4/19/09) ... Has scored 71 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 39 goals (1,08 gpg, #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
Given the Matador Award for "Outstanding Performance" ... Among the team leaders in scoring with 29 goals ... Tallied two or more goals in 12 games ... Scored a career-high four goals in games against UC San Diego (2/8/09) and Loyola Marymount (2/28/09) ... Led the Matadors in assists with 48.

Kathryn Outzen, Freshman, San Mateo, Ca
Scored two goals this year, one against Occidental (3/11/09) and another against Cal State Bernardino (4/19/09)

Heidi Pettinger, Freshman, Corona, Ca
Voted CSUN co-Most Improved Player ... Scored 12 goals in 2009 ... Scored a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09).

Alison Pierce, Junior, Citrus Heights, Ca
Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference ... Named Big West Water Polo Player of the Week after helping the Matadors to wins over UCSB (10-6, 4/4/09) and Cal Baptist (12-6, 4/4/09) ... Pierce scored two goals, including an insurance goal late in the game, along with four exclusions, two penalty shots and an assist against UCSB (4/4/09) ... Among the team leaders in scoring with 27 goals ... Scored a career-high three goals against Pacific (3/28/09).

Ashley Rogers, Junior, Hayward, Ca
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
Given CSUN's "Work Ethic" Award ... Emerged as one of the team's top scorers with 37, third-best on the Matadors (1.03 gpg, #10 in the Big West) ... 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 at the Cal Lutheran Tournament to earn Big West Player of the Week honors.

Jillian Stapf, Junior, Hudsonville, Mi
First Team All-Big West Conference ... Voted CSUN's Most Valuable Defensive Player ... One of the top goalkeepers in the country ... Collected a single season school record of 387 saves this year (11.61 spg), which broke her previous best of 348 saves set two years ago as a freshman (2007) ... Her career saves mark of 1,012 is a school record ... Tied her career-best with 20 saves against UC Davis (3/29/09) ... In 22 games, Stapf had 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) ... Named Big West Player of the Week by collecting 31 saves in wins against ninth-ranked UC Irvine (7-5, 4/18/09), Sonoma State (11-4, 4/19/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (17-6, 4/19/09).

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