July 12, 2010
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge isn't resting on its laurels.
Following its best season in school history (28-8), the Matadors lost six outstanding seniors to graduation including All-American goalkeeper Jillian Stapf.
Head coach Marcelo Leonardi has started to reload the CSUN roster with the addition of three talented new players including a Pac-10 goalkeeper who is transferring from Arizona State, Dana Harvey, and two outstanding freshmen, Geneva Capos and Celena Photopulos.
"All three of these recruits, along with the seven players signed in the Fall, will provide the team with added ability, depth and experience," said Leonardi. "This will allow the program to continue its success academically and athletically."
Harvey was a part of the Arizona State water polo program for the last two years as a goalkeeper. Harvey helped the Sun Devils to national rankings of eighth in 2009 and eleventh in 2010.
During the past season, Harvey started 18 games where she collected 139 saves and a 6.04 saves per game average, ninth-best for a single season in ASU history. Her 5.22 goals against average was second-best in ASU history.
Harvey collected ten or more saves in six games in 2010. That included a season-high 14 saves against Cal State Bakersfield, 12 against seventh-ranked Michigan, eleven against #13 Cal State Northridge and #8 San Jose State, and ten each in contests against #3 California and #12 Indiana.
In two seasons at Arizona State, Harvey collected 264 saves in 43 games.
Harvey's career saves per game average of 6.14 is fourth-best in Sun Devil history. Her 4.40 goals against average is third-best in the ASU record book.
In addition to her success as a goalkeeper in 2010, Harvey also gained American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic honors. Harvey was also a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic team. Harvey was a Communications major at Arizona State.
Harvey is a 2006 graduate of Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand where she was a team captain in water polo.
Harvey has gained international experience as a member of the New Zealand Senior National team. During the summer of 2009, Harvey represented New Zealand at the FINA World Championship in Rome, Italy.
Harvey won the Goalie Award in 2004 as part of the New Zealand U-16 National team and won her team's Most Promising Award in 2006 and 2007.
Harvey will have two years of eligibility.
Geneva Capos and Celena Photopulos are the incoming freshmen who have signed National Letters of Intent to begin play at Cal State Northridge in the Fall of 2010. Capos hails from Granite Bay High School in the northern California area where she earned first team All-San Joaquin Division II honors as a senior. Her efforts helped her team to the CIF San Joaquin Section Division II championship game this past season.
"Geneva is fast and athletic," said Leonardi. "She is also a good defender."
Capos, who is an attacker, also plays club water polo for the American River Club, and is part of the Olympic Development Program for Central California.
Photopulos was a First Team All-CIF Division III selection at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. Photopulos also plays for the Extreme Water Polo Club.
"Celena is a smart, crafty attacker," said Leonardi. "She has the ability to create scoring opportunities for other players and is a good finisher."
Photopulos helped Santiago HS to the CIF Southern Section Division III championship game this past season.