Eleventh-ranked Cal State Northridge Aims For Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament Title

April 22, 2010

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Long Beach, Calif. - One of the goals of the 2010 Cal State Northridge women's water polo team was to win the Big West Tournament.

The Matadors will now get that opportunity this weekend (April 23-25) at the Big West Conference Tournament at the 49er Campus Pool at Long Beach State.

Cal State Northridge and Pacific were co-champions of the regular season with identical 4-1 records, but an 8-7 "sudden victory" decision by the Tigers over the Matadors last weekend gave UOP the #1 seed. Cal State Northridge is the #2 seed.

Cal State Northridge and Pacific will receive a first round bye. The Matadors will face either third-seed UC Santa Barbara (17-10, 3-2 BWC) or sixth-seed Long Beach State (8-19, 0-5 BWC) on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. The UCSB-LBS winner will meet in a first round game on Friday (4/23/10) at 5:45 p.m.

Pacific (22-9, 4-1 BWC) will face the winner of the game between fourth-seed UC Irvine (12-14, 3-2 BWC) and fifth-seed UC Davis (15-16, 1-4 BWC) also on Saturday (4/24/10) at 4:00 p.m. UC Irvine and UC Davis will meet on Friday (4/23/10) at 4:00 p.m.

The championship game of the 2010 Big West Tournament will be held on Sunday (4/25/10) at 3:45 p.m. The third place game is slated for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday (4/25/10) with the fifth place game slated for earlier in the day (Noon).

If Cal State Northridge plays UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals (4/24/10, 5:45 p.m.), the Matadors hold a 3-0 edge in games between the two teams this year. On Feb. 7 at the UCSD Invitational, Sydney Sonoda and Kirra Kylander each scored two goals to lead the Matadors to an 8-3 victory over the Gauchos. Jillian Stapf had a season-high 16 saves. Then on Feb. 28 at the UC Irvine Invitational, Whitney Delgado, Alison Pierce and Sonoda each scored two goals as CSUN posted a 10-6 verdict over UCSB. Then in a Big West contest on April 10 at UCSB, the Matadors scored a 7-6 victory as Delgado scored three goals. Stapf had 14 saves.

If Cal State Northridge plays Long Beach State in the semifinals (4/24/10, 5:45 p.m.), the two teams have played each other once this year with the Matadors posting an 11-4 victory in a Big West game played at CSUN's Matador Pool. Heidi Pettinger led the CSUN attack with three goals while Delgado chipped in with two goals.

UC Irvine is the defending champion, winning the inaugural Big West Women's Water Polo Tournament on the University of the Pacific campus in 2009. Cal State Northridge was the top seed after winning the regular season title, but was upset in the semifinals by UC Santa Barbara in a "sudden victory" game, 6-5.

For game coverage and box scores of each contest of the Big West Tournament, including the two CSUN games, go to www.longbeachstate.com, go to the women's water polo page, and click on "Big West Water Polo Tournament Central".

Tourney Talk
Ticket prices for the 2010 Big West Tournament are listed below ... The box office will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the first match each day ... To buy tickets online, go to www.bigwest.org ... UC Santa Barbara will host the Big West Tournament in 2011, UC Davis in 2012, UC Irvine in 2013, and Cal State Northridge in 2014

General Admission Single Day:
Adult - $10 per day
Student/Youth - Free

General Admission - All Tournament:
Adult All-Tournament Pass - $25
Student/Youth All-Tournament Pass - Free

Rankings Review
After seven straight weeks of being ranked tenth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll, Cal State Northridge has fallen to eleventh ... Other Big West schools ranked in the national Top-20 besides eleventh-ranked Cal State Northridge are Pacific (12th), UC Santa Barbara (14th), UC Irvine (16th) and UC Davis (17th) ... Pac-10 schools continue to be the elite collegiate water polo teams in the country ... Five Pac-10 schools are ranked in the Top 10 led by #1 USC, #2 Stanford, #3 California, #4 and five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA, and ninth-ranked Arizona State ... Hawai'i is ranked fifth, while San Jose State is sixth, Loyola Marymount and Michigan are ranked seventh, and Hartwick is tenth.

Record Review
With two games in the upcoming Big West Tournament, Cal State Northridge has an opportunity to add to their new school records in wins (27), goals (349) and assists (325) ... Another school record will be broken this week ... Sophomore Whitney Delgado has scored 74 goals this year, which currently ties the school record with Chari Christopher, who initially set the single season record in 2005.

Conference Clips
Cal State Northridge still has the #1 defense in the Big West Conference ... The Matadors have given up only 6.35 goals per game ... CSUN's offense is also at the top of the conference list at 10.26 gpg ... Nicole Concialdi and Jillian Stapf are ranked 1-2 in the league in giving up goals per game ... Concialdi has given up 5.60 gpg while Stapf is in giving up only 6.49 goals per game ... Stapf's 10.03 saves per game are third-best in the BWC behind UOP's Brooke Millar at 11.08 spg and UCSB's Ruth Milne at 10.67 spg ... Three CSUN players are among the top five scorers in the Big West Conference ... Super sophomore Whitney Delgado has 74 goals, second-best in the Big West Conference behind Jasmine Myles of Pacific with 77 ... Alison Pierce is fourth with 44 goals while Sydney Sonoda has 40 goals, seventh-best in the league.

Sonoda Salute
One of the unheralded players on this year's team has been junior Sydney Sonoda, who has put together an all-around excellent season worthy of All-American consideration ... Sonoda, has tallied 40 goals, third-best on the Matadors, and seventh-best in the Big West Conference ... Added to her 37 goals last year, and ten during her freshman season in 2008, Sonoda has junped into a ninth-place tie in career scoring at CSUN with teammate Chelsea Curran (2007-) with 87 goals ... Sonoda leads the team in games played this year (33 out of 34 games), is shooting .482 (40-for-83), leads the team in kick outs drawn (77), is tied for second in steals (34) with teammate Heidi Pettinger (2009-), and eighth in assists (24) ... Sonoda has scored two or more goals in 13 games including a career-high five goals against nationally-ranked Hartwick (2/14/10), and four goals against Cal Baptist (1/30/10).

Career Chatter
Four Cal State Northridge players wlll end the 2010 season ranked in the school record Top 10 for career goals ... Sophomore Whitney Delgado (2009-) is fifth all-time in scoring with 109 goals ... Just ahead of Delgado are school record holder Allison Brookes (2005-08) with 222, Chari Christopher (2003-05) with 177, Jessica Coy (2006-09) with 162 and Erica Bonetti (2003-06) with 131 ... Seniors Kirra Kylander (2007-) and juniors Chelsea Curran (2007-) and Sydney Sonoda (2008-) will end their careers ranked as high as eighth all-time at CSUN in career scoring ... Kylander currently has 88 career goals to rank eight all-time while Curran and Sonoda each have 87 to place ninth all-time ... Christine Cruz (2005-07) has 104 goals in seventh place in the CSUN record book ... Senior Kristin McLaughlin (2007-) will end her four-year CSUN career ranked in the school record book Top-10 in career steals (193, #2) and career assists (124, #4) ... Kirra Kylander (2007-) is third all-time in career assists (143) and ninth all-time in steals (88) ... Senior Renee Gargiulo (2007-) is seventh all-time in career steals (124) and seventh all-time in career assists (99) ... Senior All-American Jillian Stapf continues to improve on her career saves school record ... Stapf's 258 saves (#6 for a single season) this year gives her 1,280 for her four-year career.

Fast Facts
Kirra Kylander's team-leading 60 assists this year are fourth-best for a single season in school history ... Whitney Delgado is not only a scoring machine, but she is third on the Matadors in assists (31) and fourth in steals (32) this year ... Kristin McLaughlin is enjoying a triple double-double season with a team-leading 41 steals, second on the team with 40 assists, and 23 goals ... Ten CSUN players have scored at least 15 goals this year ... Cal State Northridge is quick to grab the lead in games ... In the first period alone, the Matadors have outscored the opposition (100-to-56), and enjoy a 93-to-47 goal margin in the second period.

The 2010 Cal State Northridge Varsity Water Polo Roster

Sabrina Anonas, Two-Meter, RS Freshman, Coronado, Ca.
Has tallied 17 goals ... Has scored at least one goal in ten games with a career-high three goals in games against Pomona-Pitzer (3/6/10), Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10) and Occidental (3/11/10).

Danielle Berman, Defender, RS Freshman, Irvine, Ca.
Has scored five goals.

Nicole Concialdi, Goalkeeper, Junior, Chino Hills, Ca.
Has tallied a career-high 84 saves ... Has ten or more saves in four games including a career-high 15 saves against Pomona-Pitzer (3/6/10), 13 against Chapman (4/11/10), 12 against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10) and eleven against Fresno Pacific (1/30/10) ... Has 127 career saves in three seasons at Cal State Northridge, fourth-best in school history ... Tops in the Big West Conference in giving up only 5.60 goals per game ... Ranks fourth in the league stats in saves per game at 9.60.

Chelsea Curran, Two-Meter, RS Junior, Chino, Ca.
Among the team leaders in scoring with 25 goals ... Led the team in scoring with a season-high four goals in CSUN's 11-7 win at Santa Clara (4/18/10) ... Scored two goals in games against Cal Baptist (1/30/10) and Cal Lutheran (3/6/10) ... Has scored 87 career goals at Cal State Northridge, tied for ninth-best in school history along with teammate Sydney Sonoda (2008-).

Whitney Delgado, Attacker, Sophomore, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
One of the top players in the nation ... Has scored a team-leading 74 goals (#2 in the Big West Conference behind UOP's Jasmine Myles with 77 ... Delgado's 74 goals ties the school record initially set by Chari Christopher set during the 2005 season ... Has scored at least one goal in 30 of 32 games she has played ... Has tallied two or more goals in 21 games including a career-high six goals against nationally-ranked Arizona State (3/6/10)... Tallied five goals against Chapman (4/11/10) ... Scored four goals against Cal Lutheran (3/6/10) ... The team's leading scorer in 13 games ... Has scored 109 goals in less than two seasons at Cal State Northridge, fifth-best in school history ... On pace to easily break the school record in career goals in the next two years ... The school record holder is Allison Brookes (2005-08) with 222, followed by Chari Christopher (2003-05) with 177, Jessica Coy (2006-09) with 162 and Erica Bonetti (2003-06) with 131 ... Among the team leaders this year in assists (31, #3) and steals (32, #4).

Renee Gargiulo, Driver, Senior, Clovis, Ca.
Among the team leaders in scoring with 27 goals ... Has 79 career goals in four seasons ... Has scored two goals in eight games this year ... Has 124 career steals, seventh-best in school history ... Has 99 career assists, seventh-best in school history.

Jessica Goforth, Defender, Junior, Visalia, Ca.
Has tallied three goals.

Alyssa Goldie, Attacker, Sophomore, Riverside, Ca.
Has tallied seven goals ... Scored a season-high two goals against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10) and Chapman (4/11/10).

Leah Janke, Attacker, Freshman, Wildomar, Ca.
Has scored nine goals ... Collected a season-high four goals against Chapman (4/11/10) .. Scored two goals against Fresno Pacific (1/30/10).

Kirra Kylander, Driver, Senior, Murrieta, Ca.
A double-digit scorer with 17 goals ... Has scored two goals in games against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10), UC Santa Barbara (2/7/10), Villanova (3/7/10) and Redlands (3/14/10) ... Has scored 88 career goals at Cal State Northridge, eighth-best in school history ... Leads the team in assists with 60, second-best for a single season in school history ... Her 143 career assists are third-best in school history ... Her 88 career steals are ninth-best in school history.

Torrey Kylander, Attacker, RS Freshman, Murrieta, Ca.
Has tallied four goals.

Kristin McLaughlin, Utility, Senior, La Canada, Ca.
Honored two weeks ago as Big West Athlete of the Week ... Scored three goals, added four steals in the 11-9 double overtime win over UC Irvine (4/2/10) to learn league Player of the Week honors ... A double-digit scorer with 23 goals ... Scored two goals in games against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10), Villanova (3/7/10), Pacific (4/17/10) and Santa Clara (4/18/10) ... Leads the team in steals (41) and second in assists (40) ... Her 193 career steals are second-best in school history ... Has 124 career assists, fourth-best in the CSUN record book.

Kathryn Outzen, Attacker, Sophomore, San Mateo, Ca.
Has scored seven goals this year ... Tallied a season-high three goals against Whittier (4/11/10).

Heidi Pettinger, Two-Meter, Sophomore, Corona, Ca.
Recently named Big West Player of the Week for her three goals and three steals against Long Beach State (3/27/10) ... Among the team leaders in goals scored with 25 (#19 in the BWC) ... Scored three goals in games against Hartwick (2/6/10) and Wagner (3/11/10).

Alison Pierce, Utility, Senior, Citrus Heights, Ca.
Second on the team in scoring (44 goals, #4 in the BWC) ... Has scored at least two goals in ten games ... Scored a career-high five goals against Marist (2/6/10).

Ashley Rogers, Attacker, Senior, Hayward, Ca.
Scored her lone goal of the season against Penn State-Behrend (3/7/10).

Kylie Sarpa, Attacker, Freshman, San Jose, Ca.
Has scored six goals ... Scored two goals in the season opener against Azusa Pacific (1/29/10).

Bethany Scamara, Driver, Junior, Fontana, Ca.
Has scored 15 goals ... Scored three goals Fresno Pacific (1/30/10) and Occidental (3/11/10).

Sydney Sonoda, Utility, Junior, Murrieta, Ca.
Third on the team in scoring with 40 goals (#7 in the BWC) ... Has scored at least one goal in 18 games ... Has scored two or more goals in 13 games including a career-high five goals against nationally-ranked Hartwick (2/14/10), and four goals against Cal Baptist (1/30/10) ... Has scored 87 career goals at Cal State Northridge, ninth-best in school history ... Leads the team in games played this year (33 out of 34 games), is shooting .482 (40-for-83), leads the team in kick outs drawn (77), is tied for second in steals (34) with teammate Heidi Pettinger (2009-), and eighth in assists (24)

Jillian Stapf, Goalkeeper, Senior, Hudsonville, Mi
The school record holder in career saves with 1,280 (348 in 2007, 287 in 2008, a school record 387 in 2009, 258 in 2010) ... Has collected 258 saves this year, sixth-best in school history ... Has collected double-digit in saves in 14 games this year with a season-high 16 against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/10), Hartwick (2/14/10) and Wagner (3/11/10), 15 at UC Davis (4/16/10), 14 at Pacific (4/17/10), 12 against UC San Diego (2/27/10) and UC Irvine (4/2/10), 11 against Cal Baptist (1/30/10), Long Beach State (3/27/10) and at Santa Clara (4/18/10), and ten against UCLA (2/13/10), Loyola Marymount (2/28/10), Arizona State (3/6/10) and Colorado State (3/14/10) ... Is giving up 6.49 goals per game, second-best in the Big West Conference ... Her 10.03 saves per game are third-best in the conference ... Earlier in the year, was awarded Big West Player of the Week honors for her 42 saves in helping the Matadors to a 3-1 record at the UC San Diego Invitational.

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