April 3, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Take a good look at the 2008 Cal State Northridge women's water polo schedule and there are no easy games, no cream puffs, no easy wins.
It's a schedule dominated by nationally-ranked, top quality collegiate teams week after week.
Already this year, the Matadors have faced top-ranked and three-time defending NCAA champion UCLA, third-ranked USC, #4 Hawai'I, #5 San Diego State, #6 California, #7 Arizona State, #8 UC Irvine, #10 UC Davis, #11 Loyola Marymount, #12 Michigan, #13 Long Beach State, #16 Santa Clara, #17 Indiana, #18 UC Santa Barbara, and #19 UC San Diego.
And the schedule doesn't get any easier this weekend when the powerful Stanford Cardinal, ranked #2 in the nation, arrives on Friday at the Matador Pool for a 3 p.m. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game. Then on Saturday at noon, ninth-ranked San Jose State checks in for a league game against the Matadors.
Stanford, the NCAA champion in 2002, and a four-time NCAA runnerup since 1997, is again loaded with talent. The Cardinal is 18-3 overall and 6-1 in the MPSF. Last week, Stanford collected 60 goals in four games.
Cal State Northridge is holding its own this year. The Matadors are ranked 15th in the nation with a 10-13 overall record. Seven Matador players are scoring in double figures this year. All-American Allison Brookes leads the attack with 34 goals followed by Jessica Coy and Chelsea Curran with 27 each, Dayna Van Gorder with 19, Kirra Kylander with 15, Renee Gargiulo with 14 and Kristin McLaughlin with 13. Jillian Stapf has collected 182 saves in 21 starts for an average of 8.7 saves per game.