#10 Cal State Northridge Faces #8 Loyola Marymount at UC Irvine Invitational

The 2014 CSUN Water Polo Statistics

Irvine, Calif. –
It's more than just a game; Cal State Northridge vs Loyola Marymount during first round action on Saturday morning at the UC Irvine Invitational.

It's a gigantic matchup between the tenth-ranked Matadors and the eighth-ranked Lions with historic ramifications for the CSUN women's water polo program.

Cal State Northridge is a power-laden team in 2014 with high ambitions to earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. A victory over LMU would vault the Matadors to possibly its highest national ranking in school history.

Currently, Cal State Northridge is ranked tenth, its best national showing since the 2010 season when CSUN was ranked ninth nationally with a 28-8 record.

The Cal State Northridge vs Loyola Marymount game is set for Saturday (2/22/14) at 9:15 am at the UCI Pool. If the Matadors defeat LMU, CSUN will face the winner of the top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC Trojans vs Cal State Bakersfield game at 1:30 pm. If the Matadors lose to the Lions, CSUN will face the loser of the USC vs CSUB match at 2:45 pm.

Beating Loyola Marymount will not be an easy task. Loyola Marymount holds a 13-1 advantage in a series that dates back to the 2004 season. Not since an 8-5 victory in 2006 has Cal State Northridge scored a victory over Loyola Marymount. Since that time, the Lions have won ten straight games over the Matadors.

February 23, 2013 is the last time CSUN and Loyola Marymount faced each other. The Lions scored a 12-7 victory during second round action at the UC Irvine Invitational.

Cal State Northridge is 7-3. Loyola Marymount has chalked up a 5-3 mark. 

The UC Irvine Invitational features 16 teams, 14 of whom are nationally ranked. The tournament field includes top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC, #2 Stanford, #3 UCLA, #4 California, #5 UC Irvine, #6 Hawai'i, #7 Arizona State, #8 Loyola Marymount, #10 Cal State Northridge, #11 San Jose State, #13 UC San Diego, #14 UC Davis, #16 UC Santa Barbara, and #18 San Diego State.

Balanced scoring has been a trademark in the success of Matador water polo in recent years. This year is no exception. After only ten games, five Matador players have collected double-digits in goals scored. Marisa Young leads CSUN scorers with 20 goals followed by Jenny Jamison (16 goals), Lindsy Duncan (15 goals), Kelcie Ferreira (13 goals), and Celena Photopulos (11 goals). Sixteen players have scored at least one goal this year.

Young, an All-America candidate, has been nearly unstoppable this year. The junior has a shooting percentage of .476 (20-for-42) while collecting 14 steals, nine assists and nine field blocks. Ferreira is the team leader in steals (24) and field blocks (14).

As a team, the Matadors' shooting percentage is .476.

Kiernan Davis, a junior, is CSUN's starting goalkeeper with 55 saves.

Matador Memo …
Sunday's two games for Cal State Northridge will be determined after the results of day one competition on Saturday … Lindsy Duncan, Jenny Jamison and Marisa Young continue their assault on the CSUN career Top-10 scoring list … Duncan has 177 career goals, tied for third-best in school history with Chari Christopher (177 goals, 2003-05) … The school record holder is Allison Brookes (222, 2005-08) with Whitney Delgado (191 goals, 2009-11) occupying the #2 position … Jamison has 137 career goals, seventh-best in school history … Young's 135 career goals are eighth-best in the school record book … Kiernan Davis' 441 saves are fourth-best in Matador history.