March 8, 2013

#15 Cal State Northridge Defeats #13 UC Davis In Big West Opener

Northridge, Calif. – Two evenly-matched nationally-ranked women's water polo teams battled from the opening sprint to the end of the game on Friday afternoon before a capacity crowd at Matador Pool.

CSUN's Leah Janke fired a shot by UC Davis goalkeeper Riane Woods with 42 seconds to play to lift 15th-ranked Cal State Northridge to an 11-10 come-from-behind decision over 13th-ranked UC Davis in the Big West Conference season opener for both teams.

The game was tied eight times with nine lead changes.

With the score tied 9-9 in the fourth period, UCD's Hannah Curran scored the go-ahead goal with 3:38 to play to give the Aggies a 10-9 lead. But 26 seconds later, CSUN's Kelcie Ferreira tied the game at 10-10. Then Janke became the hero of the game with a shot past UC Davis goalkeeper to give the Matadors the one-goal victory, 11-10.

Cal State Northridge had taken a 4-2 lead with 7:01 in the second period on a goal by Melissa Doll, but four straight goals by UC Davis gave the visitors a 6-4 lead with 25 seconds before halftime.

Two straight goals by Molly Henehan with eleven seconds before intermission, and a goal by Lindsy Nelson with 7:32 left in the third period tied the game at 6-6.

Neither team could manage more than a two goal lead in the game.

Lindsy Nelson and Marisa Young each scored three goals for Cal State Northridge which raised its season record to 13-5 overall and 1-0 in the Big West Conference.

Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert each tallied three goals for UC Davis. The Aggies fell to 10-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Kelcie Ferreira collected five steals against UC Davis.

Saturday at Noon, Cal State Northridge hosts seventh-ranked San Diego State.

Cal State Northridge (13-5 overall, 1-0 BWC)       3-2-3-3 = 11
UC Davis (10-8 overall, 0-1 BWC)                        2-4-2-2 = 10
CSUN Scorers: Lindsy Nelson 3, Marisa Young 3, Molly Henehan 2, Melissa Doll 1, Kelcie Ferreira 1, Leah Janke 1
UCD Scorers: Jessica Dunn 3, Carmen Eggert 3, Hannah Curran 2, Katrina Huested 1, Alex Rawlinson 1
Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis (CSUN) 7; Riane Woods (UCD) 10

1st Period

7:25 (1-0) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
6:07 (1-1) – Jessica Dunn (UCD)
3:01 (1-2) – Carmen Eggert (UCD)
1:23 (2-2) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
:27 (3-2) – Molly Henehan (CSUN)

2nd Period

7:01 (4-2) – Melissa Doll (CSUN)
4:09 (4-3) – Jessica Dunn (UCD)
2:33 (4-4) – Hannah Curran (UCD)
1:34 (4-5) – Alex Rawlinson (UCD)
:25 (4-6) – Katrina Husted (UCD)
:11 (5-6) – Molly Henehan (CSUN)

3rd Period

7:32 (6-6) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
6:01 (6-7) – Jessica Dunn (UCD)
5:27 (7-7) – Marisa Young (CSUN)
3:24 (8-7) – Marisa Young (CSUN)
1:38 (8-8) – Carmen Eggert (UCD)

4th Period

6:54 (9-8) – Marisa Young (CSUN)
6:38 (9-9) – Carmen Eggert (UCD)
3:38 (9-10) – Hannah Curran (UCD)
3:12 (10-10) – Kelcie Ferreira (CSUN)
:42 (11-10) – Leah Janke (CSUN)