#15 Cal State Northridge Falls To #8 Michigan In Water Polo Season Opener

Jan. 22, 2011

Ann Arbor, Mi. - The nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team opened its 2011 season with a 14-8 loss to eighth-ranked Michigan on Saturday morning at the Michigan Invitational.

This eight team tournament features seven nationally-ranked teams including #1 Stanford, #4 UCLA, #6 Loyola Marymount, #8 Michigan, #13 Indiana and #14 Hartwick. Cal State Northridge is ranked #15 in the pre-season national poll.

The Wolverines jumped to a 4-1 first period lead, but the Matadors fought back to cut the deficit to only two goals at halftime, 5-3.

Offenses on both teams took center stage in the third period with Michigan getting six goals compared to four for the Matadors.

Five different CSUN players scored at least one goal. Sydney Sonoda led the attack with three goals while Heidi Pettinger chipped in with two.

This afternoon (12:40 p.m. pt), Cal State Northridge faces #13 Indiana at Canham Natatorium.

For complete tournament information, go to the University of Michigan's website (www.mgoblue.com).

#15 Cal State Northridge (0-1) 1-2-4-1=8
#8 Michigan (1-0) 4-1-6-3=14
CSUN Goals: Sydney Sonoda 3, Heidi Pettinger 2, Celena Photopulos 1, Leah Janke 1, Whitney Delgado 1
Michigan Goals: Alison Mantel 3, Kiki Golden 3, Meagan Cobb 2, Lauren Orth 2, Hathaway Moore 1, Audrey Pratt 1, Cara Reitz 1, Ryanne O'Donnell 1
Goalie Saves: Nicole Concialdi (CSUN) 9; Morgan Turner (M) 9

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