April 10, 2009

Alison Pierce Named Big West Water Polo Player of the Week

April 10, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - For the second time this season, a Cal State Northridge water polo player has been named Big West Player of the Week.

Alison Pierce, a junior from Citrus Heights, Ca., scored two goals in a 10-6 win over UC Santa Barbara (4/4/09). Pierce had an insurance goal late in the fourth period to preserve the Big West Conference win. Pierce also drew four exclusions, had two five-meter shots and one assist. Later in the day, Pierce drew three exclusions to help CSUN to a 12-6 non-league victory over Cal Baptist.

For her efforts, Pierce, who has scored 19 goals this year, has been named Big West Player of the Week.

Earlier this season, Sydney Sonoda scored nine goals at the Cal Lutheran Invitational to earn Big West Player of the Week honors.

Saturday, 12th-ranked Cal State Northridge (16-14, 2-1 Big West) returns to action with a Big West Conference game at 16th-ranked Long Beach State. The game gets underway at noon.

Senior Jessica Coy continues to lead the Matadors in scoring with 50 goals. Her scoring totals this year are fourth-best (1.67 gpg) in the Big West Conference. Tara McGinley and freshman Whitney Delgado are ninth and tenth, respectively, in the conference in scoring with 32 goals (1.07 gpg) and 30 (1.00 gpg).

In four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Coy has scored 156 goals, third-best in school history.

Jillian Stapf is averaging a league-leading 11.57 saves per game. In two-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, Stapf's 320 saves are approaching her school record of 348 saves set two seasons ago as a freshman. Stapf has collected a school record 943 career saves.

Cal State Northridge Scoring Leaders (16-14 overall, 2-1 Big West)
Jessica Coy 50
Tara McGinley 32
Whitney Delgado 30
Sydney Sonoda 28
Kirra Kylander 27
Kristin McLaughlin 21
Renee Gargiulo 19
Alison Pierce 19
Chelsea Curran 11
Heidi Pettinger 11
Alyssa Goldie 3
Ashley Rogers 3
Jessica Goforth 1
Kathryn Outzen 1
Devin Sloan 1

Goalie Saves
Jillian Stapf, 320; Nicole Concialdi, 23

A look at the 2009 Cal State Northridge Water Polo Team

Nicole Concialdi, Sophomore, Chino Hills, Ca
Has played in nine games with 23 saves ... Collected a career-high eight saves in CSUN's 14-4 victory over Redlands (3/7/09) ... Collected six saves in CSUN's 12-5 win over Cal State Monterey Bay.

Jessica Coy, Senior, Temple City, Ca
CSUN's top scorer with 50 goals (fourth-best in the Big West) ... Her 50 goals is eighth-best for a single season in school history ... Has scored at least one goal in 25 of the team's 30 games ... Has scored at least two goals in 16 games ... Collected a career-high four goals in games against Princeton (3/15/09) and against Indiana (3/16/09) ... Her 50 goals is a career-best for a single season ... Previous best was 39 goals last year ... Has scored 156 career goals in four seasons at Cal State Northridge, third-best in school history.

Chelsea Curran, Sophomore, Chino, Ca
Redshirting this season after suffering an early season concussion ... Played in six games ... Scored eleven goals this year ... Tallied a season-high three goals in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09) ... Scored two or more goals in four games ... Has scored 62 career goals, tenth-best in school history.

Whitney Delgado, Freshman, Thousand Oaks, Ca
A freshman who is third on the team in goals scored with 30 (#10 in the Big West) ... Has scored at least one goal in 18 games ... Tallied a season-high three goals in games against UC Irvine (2/8/09), Loyola Marymount (2/22/09) and Redlands (3/7/09).

Renee Gargiulo, Junior, Clovis, Ca
Has tallied 19 goals in 2009 ... Nearing her career-best season total of 21 goals last year ... Scored two goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/31/09), Michigan (2/21/09), Indiana (3/16/09), UC Santa Barbara (4/4/09) and Cal Baptist (4/4/09).

Jessica Goforth, Freshman, Visalia, Ca
Scored her lone goal of the year against Redlands (3/7/09).

Alyssa Goldie, Freshman, Riverside, Ca
Has scored three goals including two against Redlands (3/7/09).

Kirra Kylander, Junior, Murrieta, Ca
Third on the team in scoring with 27 ... Her season total in 2009 beats her previous total of 19 set last year ... Has scored at least one goal in 19 of the team's 30 games ... Scored a career-high three goals in games against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/09) and Sonoma State (3/15/09) ... Has scored 64 goals in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, ninth-best in school history.

Tara McGinley, Senior, Villa Park, Ca
Second on the team in scoring with 32 goals (#9 in the conference) ... Her scoring total easily has beat her previous single season total of nine last year ... Tallied a career-high four goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/31/09) and Loyola Marymount (2/28/09).

Kristin McLaughlin, Junior, La Canada, Ca
Among the team leaders in scoring with 21 goals ... Has tallied two or more goals in nine games ... Scored a career-high four goals in games against UC San Diego (2/8/09) and Loyola Marymount (2/28/09).

Kathryn Outzen, Freshman, San Mateo, Ca
Scored her lone goal of the season against Occidental (3/11/09).

Heidi Pettinger, Freshman, Corona, Ca
Has scored eleven goals in 2009 ... Scored a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09).

Alison Pierce, Junior, Citrus Heights, Ca
Named Big West Water Polo Player of the Week after helping the Matadors to wins over UCSB (10-6, 4/4/09) and Cal Baptist (12-6, 4/4/09) ... Pierce scored two goals, including an insurance goal late in the game, along with four exclusions, two penalty shots and an assist against UCSB (4/4/09) ... Among the team leaders in scoring with 19 goals ... Scored a career-high three goals against Pacific (3/28/09).

Ashley Rogers, Junior, Hayward, Ca
Has scored three goals including two against Redlands (3/7/09).

Devin Sloan, Senior, Danville, Ca
Scored her lone goal of the season against Cal Baptist (1/31/09).

Sydney Sonoda, Sophomore, Murrieta, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team's top scorers with 28, third-best on the Matadors ... Tallied 13 goals in her freshman season last year ... Scored career-highs in goals (4) in games against Cal Lutheran (3/7/09) and Cal State Monterey Bay (3/8/09) ... Scored nine goals in the recent Cal Lutheran Tournament to earn Big West Player of the Week honors.

Jillian Stapf, Junior, Hudsonville, Mi
One of the top goalkeepers in the country ... Has collected 320 saves this year, which is approaching her single season school record of 348 saves set two years ago as a freshman (2007) ... Her career saves mark of 943 is a school record ... Tied her career-best with 20 saves against UC Davis (3/29/09) ... In 19 games, Stapf has ten or more saves including 20 against UC Davis (3/29/09), 19 in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09), 17 against Michigan (2/7/09) and 16 against Arizona State (1/24/09).

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