Cynthia Jacobo Named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Cal State Northridge junior Cynthia Jacobo was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In the Matadors' opening weekend of conference play, Jacobo helped lead the team to four points while moving up the charts in two career categories. 

Northridge made the trip to Northern California this past weekend to face Pacific and UC Davis. The Matadors walked away with four points in large part to the play of Jacobo. 

Against the Tigers, she recorded a season-high seven saves as the Matadors rallied to a 1-1 draw and picked up their first points in Stockton since the 2003 season. The seven stops pushed her past former teammate Leah Elliott for fourth in school history.

Two days later, Jacobo made four saves as CSUN won 3-1 at UC Davis. Although the Aggies spoiled her bid for a shutout, the win was the 19th of her career, breaking a tie with April Cline for the second-most in school history. 

Originally from Arleta, Calif., Jacobo has saved her best for league play. She owns a career record of 11-3-1 in Big West play while earning All-Big West Second Team honors the past two seasons. 

"I thought our defense was fantastic this weekend and we did a good job communicating as a unit," Jacobo said. "I owe a lot to the team in front of me and I am proud of the effort we put together."

Her defense certainly shares in the award. The quartet of Katie Russ, Chloe McDaniel, Stephanie Norton and Shannon Ward started both games over the weekend and blocked numerous shots and crosses before Jacobo could ever get involved.  

"Cynthia was spectacular all weekend," CSUN head coach Keith West said. "The team showed a lot of character and we were able to get four points based in large part to our defense and Cynthia."

The Matadors return to action this week with their first two home matches of the conference season. Northridge hosts Cal Poly on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., and then faces UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.