Northridge, Calif. – Jenny Jamison would be the first person to admit that her freshman season was far from sensational. In 22 games in 2011, Jamison tallied only eight goals (three of them against NCAA Division III member La Verne) along with ONE steal and NO assists.
What a difference a year makes. Jamison, now a sophomore, has scored a team-leading 59 goals (#8 for a single season at Cal State Northridge) along with 30 assists (#3 on the Matadors) and 15 steals for Cal State Northridge in 2012.
"Jenny has a great feel for the game," said Matador head coach Dr. Marcelo Leonardi. "She reads the situation and attacks the defense accordingly. She also has a very strong and accurate outside shot."
In a recent game against Brown University (3/24/12), Jamison scored a career-high five goals. In five other games, Jamison has scored at least four goals. In 17 of the team's 28 games, Jamison has scored at least two goals. In 23 games, Jamison has scored at least one goal.
Last weekend against sixth-ranked UC Irvine and Long Beach State to open Big West Conference play, Jamison played like an All-American. Jamison tallied seven goals along with four assists, one kickout drawn and a field block.
Against UCI (the defending Big West Conference champion), Jamison keyed a dramatic Matador comeback. Down 4-7 in the third period, Jamison scored three of CSUN's next four goals to tie the game at 8-8 in the fourth period. Overall, Jamison scored four goals along with an assist and a kickout drawn against the nationally-ranked Anteaters.
The following day against Long Beach State (4/1/12), Jamison scored three goals along with three assists and a field block. Jamison scored her second goal of the game at 5:22 of the third period to give CSUN its first lead of the game at 6-5. Jamison added her third goal of the game midway through the fourth period to give the Matadors a comfortable 10-6 lead.
"Jenny understands her role on the team," said Leonardi. "She has a better grasp of the system and she is able to find her scoring opportunities within the system of play. She continues to work very hard on her overall playing ability."
For her outstanding efforts against sixth-ranked UC Irvine and Long Beach State, the conference water polo coaches have voted Jamison the Big West Player of the Week.
Jamison and her fellow Matador players will hit the road this weekend with a league contest at #15 UC Santa Barbara (16-12 overall, 1-1 BWC) on Saturday (4/7/12, 11:30 a.m.). At 2:30 p.m., the Matadors face Cal Baptist in a non-league contest at UCSB's Campus Pool.
The CSUN-UCSB contest will be the third meeting between the two teams. The previous two meetings were non-league contests. On Jan. 28 at the UCSB Invitational, the Matadors dropped a 9-6 decision to the Gauchos despite three goals by freshman Marisa Young and nine saves by senior goalkeeper Dana Harvey. In the second meeting on Feb. 12 at the UC San Diego Invitational, UCSB recorded a 10-8 decision over CSUN. Senior Jessica Goforth scored three goals for the Matadors while Jamison added a pair of goals.
For season statistics and updated career information on this year's Matador team, go to gomatadors.com.
Several Big West Conference schools are nationally-ranked in this week's CWPA national poll … They include sixth-ranked UC Irvine, #10 UC Davis, #15 UC Santa Barbara and #17 Cal State Northridge … Cal State Northridge has scored 295 goals this year, fifth-best for a single season in school history … Ten CSUN players have scored at least ten goals led by sophomore Jenny Jamison (59 goals, #8 for a single season in school history), freshman Marisa Young with 52 goals (#11 in school history for a single season) and sophomore Lindsy Nelson with 40 goals.