March 26, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - After a 12-day layoff, the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team (13-13) will return to action with two homes games on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday (3/28/09, Noon), the Matadors open Big West competition with a game against Pacific (7-17). On Sunday (3/29/09), CSUN hosts eleventh-ranked UC Davis (15-7).
The Matadors continue to boast a balanced scoring attack in 2009. Nine Matador players have scored at least ten goals this year. Senior Jessica Coy leads the Matadors with 42 goals. The other double-digit scorers are Tara McGinley (28), Whitney Delgado (25), Kirra Kylander (24), Sydney Sonoda (24), Kristin McLaughlin (18), Renee Gargiulo (15), Alison Pierce (13), and Chelsea Curran (11).
Coy is second in the Big West Conference in goals per game (1.62 gpg). Gillian Morgan of UC Santa Barbara is the league leader at 3.24 goals per game (55 goals). McGinley is eighth in scoring at 1.08 goals per game while is Delgado is tenth at 0.96 gpg.
Junior goalkeeper Jillian Stapf tops the Big West Conference in saves per game (16.09 spg). Stapf has 886 career saves in two-plus seasons in goal for the Matadors, a school record.
Before Sunday's game against UC Davis, former Matador and all-time leading scorer Alison Brookes will be presented the Academic Momentum Award by The National Consortium for Academics & Sports and Scholar-Baller. The award is to honor Brookes for her academic and athletic success during her four years at Cal State Northridge. Brookes graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology. In addition to her being the school's all-time leading scorer (222 goals) and being a three-time All-American, Brookes was also an Academic All-American and was a valued contributor to the community.