Irvine, Ca. – Cal State Northridge ended the day on Saturday with a split decision in two games at the UC Irvine Invitational.
On Saturday morning, in a defensive game that neither team would give the opposition an inch of pool space, CSUN prevailed.
Lindsy Duncan's fourth period goal (inside the left post of the LMU net) with only 2:30 on the clock was the only goal of the period for either team to give the tenth-ranked Matadors a 6-5 victory over eighth-ranked Loyola Marymount.
This was an historic game for Cal State Northridge. The win over a higher ranked team (Loyola at #8) means the Matadors could possibly move higher in the national rankings in school's history. CSUN's current ranking of tenth this year is the highest since the Matadors were ranked ninth (the school's best) during the 2010 season.
Saturday's match against Loyola Marymount was close from start-to-finish. Kelcie Ferreira scored early in the first period to give the Matadors a 1-0 lead. But two LMU goals gave the Lions a 2-1 lead after the first period.
CSUN scored three goals in the second period. Marisa Young scored both goals. Young's second goal gave the Matadors a 4-3 lead, but LMU tied the game on a penalty shot with 50 seconds remaining before halftime.
Young added a hat trick goal in the third period to give CSUN a 5-4 lead. LMU scored with 15 seconds left in the period to tie the game at 5-5.
Duncan's goal was only goal of the fourth period.
In the second game of the day, top-ranked USC (the defending NCAA champion), defeated Cal State Northridge, 12-5. Lindsy Duncan and Kelcie Ferrerira scored two goals for the Matadors.
Cal State Northridge fell to 8-4. USC is 10-0.
Tournament play continues on Sunday with two games. Complete tournament pairings will be announced following the completion of the Saturday's final games. However, CSUN will play on Sunday at 8:00 am against fifth-ranked UC Irvine.
Matador Memo …
CSUN's 6-5 victory was the first in the series against Loyola Marymount … LMU had led 14-0 until Saturday.
CSUN (8-3) 1-3-1-1 = 6
LMU (5-4) 2-2-1-0 = 5
CSUN Goal Scorers: Marisa Young 3, Melissa Doll 1, Lindsy Duncan 1, Kelcie Ferreira 1
LMU Goal Scorers: MacKenzie Beck 2, Ivana Castro 2, Erin Byrne 1
CSUN Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis 6
LMU Goalie Saves: Jordan White 4
CSUN (8-4) 1-0-2-2 = 5
USC (10-0) 3-4-2-5 = 12
CSUN Goal Scorers: Lindsy Duncan 2, Kelcie Ferreira 2, Marisa Young 1
USC Goal Scorers: Stephania Haralabidis 3, Madeline Rosenthal 3, Kelly Mendoza 2, Elke Daube 1, Colleen O'Donnell 1, Kaleigh Gilchrist 1, Monica Vavic 1
CSUN Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis 9
USC Goalie Saves: Flora Bolonyai 3