Stapf Invited to Speedo Top 40 Festival


Stapf Invited to Speedo Top 40 Festival
Los Alamitos, Calif. -- For the second consecutive season, Cal State Northridge goalkeeper Jillian Stapf will be in the cage at the Speedo Top 40 Festival in Los Alamitos, CA this fall. Last season Stapf, who had yet to dive in for the Matadors, became the first CSUN player to earn an invitation to the prestigious event.

USA Water Polo hosts the Speedo Top 40 Festival every year as a means to assemble top talent in the United States pipeline. Athletes come from all over the country and are generally college-age athletes, with a few high school and post-collegiate players.

To be invited to the event is one of the great honors in collegiate water polo.

As a freshman Stapf played every minute in the cage for the Matadors and the 6'1" righthander was among the conference leaders in saves from the first week on, finishing with 313. The mark established a new CSUN record and was good enough to lead the conference.

Stapf claimed Player of the Week honors in week 13 for her 34 saves over two games in Santa Barbara, including 20 against the Gauchos in a 7-6 victory. the rocket-armed Stapf scored a goal from her own cage in an 18-4 win over Occidental.

Stapf will compete for Team Solar and coach Chris Borasi. Stapf's teammates include players she will compete against this year in the MPSF such as Lauren Wenger (USC), Camille Hewko (Cal), Lauren Silver (Stanford), and Whitney Morgan (USC). The squad also features Michigan teammates Mary Chatigny and Terri Bukofzer.

Stapf and Morgan represent the goalie corps for the squad.