April 23, 2009

Jillian Stapf Wins Big West Player of the Week Honors

April 23, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - Jillian Stapf, who led nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge to three wins last weekend, has been named Big West Conference Player of the Week by the leagues coaches.

In wins over ninth-ranked UC Irvine (7-5, 4/18/09), Sonoma State (11-4, 4/19/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (17-6, 4/19/09), Stapf collected 31 saves, including 14 against UCI.

Stapf is averaging a league-leading 11.68 saves per game. In two-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, Stapf's 364 saves breaks her previous school record of 348 saves set two seasons ago as a freshman. Stapf has collected a school record 987 career saves.

Stapf will lead the Matadors, ranked 13th in the country, into this weekend's inaugural competition at the Big West Conference Tournament at the University of Pacific.

The Big West Tournament will air live on BigWest.TV, the conferences' internet video-streaming initiative in association with CBS College Sports. Thanks to the University of the Pacific, the conference will be able to broadcast all seven matches of the tournament beginning on Friday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m. pt. The entire tournament will air free of charge. Further information can be found at www.BigWest.TV http://www.BigWest.TV

Cal State Northridge, with a season record of 20-14, continues to dominate the league scoring stats. The Matador defense has given up only 7.09 goals per game, tops in the league. Jessica Coy continues to lead the Matadors in scoring with 54 goals. Her scoring totals this year are fourth-best (1.59 gpg) in the Big West Conference. Tara McGinley (39,1.15 gpg,, Sydney Sonoda (35, 1.043 gpg, Whitney Delgado (32, 0.94) and Kirra Kylander (32, 0.94 gpg) are ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth, respectively, in the conference in scoring.

In four seasons at Cal State Northridge, Coy has scored 160 goals, third-best in school history.

Cal State Northridge Scoring Leaders (20-14 overall, 4-1 Big West)
Jessica Coy 54
Tara McGinley 39
Sydney Sonoda 35
Whitney Delgado 32
Kirra Kylander 32
Kristin McLaughlin 27
Alison Pierce 26
Renee Gargiulo 21
Heidi Pettinger 12
Chelsea Curran 11
Alyssa Goldie 3
Ashley Rogers 3
Kathryn Outzen 2
Jessica Goforth 1
Devin Sloan 1

Goalie Saves Jillian Stapf, 364; Nicole Concialdi, 27

The 2009 Big West Women's Water Polo Championships (UOP, Stockton, Calif.)

Friday, April 24
Game 1 - #4 UC Santa Barbara (15-11) vs #5 Pacific (9-23), 4:00 p.m.
Game 2 - #3 UC Irvine (20-9) vs #6 Long Beach State (8-18), 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 25
Game 3 - #1 Cal State Northridge (20-14) vs #4 UC Santa Barbara or #5 Pacific, 4:00 p.m.
Game 4 - #2 UC Davis (22-9) vs #3 UC Irvine or #6 Long Beach State, 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 26
Fifth Place Game - Loser Game #1 vs Loser Game #2, 11:00 a.m.
Third Place Game - Loser Game #3 vs Loser Game #4, 2:00 p.m.
Championship game - Winner Game #3 vs Winner #4, 3:45 p.m.

A look at the 2009 Cal State Northridge Water Polo Team

Nicole Concialdi, Sophomore, Chino Hills, Ca
Has played in eleven games with 27 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 54 goals (fourth-best in the Big West) ... Her 54 goals are fifth-best for a single season in school history ... Has scored at least one goal in 27 of the team's 34 games ... Has scored at least two goals in 18 games ... Collected a career-high four goals in games against Princeton (3/15/09) and against Indiana (3/16/09) ... Her 54 goals is a career-best for a single season ... Previous best was 39 goals last year ... Has scored 160 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 fourth on the team in goals scored with 32 (0.94 gpg, #10 in the Big West) ... Has scored at least one goal in 19 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 21 goals in 2009 ... Scored a career-best 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
Fourth on the team in scoring with 32 ... Her season total in 2009 easily beats her previous total of 19 set last year ... Has scored at least one goal in 22 of the team's 34 games ... Scored a career-high three goals in games against UC Santa Barbara (2/7/09). Sonoma State (3/15/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (4/19/09) ... Has scored 70 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 39 goals (1,15 gpg, #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 27 goals ... Has tallied two or more goals in eleven 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
Had scored two goals this year, one against Occidental (3/11/09) and another against Cal State Bernardino (4/19/09)

Heidi Pettinger, Freshman, Corona, Ca
Has scored 12 goals in 2009 ... Scored a season-high three goals against Sonoma State (3/15/09).

Alison Pierce, Junior, Citrus Heights, Ca
Recently 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 26 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 35, fourth-best on the Matadors (1.03 gpg, #10 in the Big West) ... 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 a single season school record of 364 saves this year, which breaks her previous best of 348 saves set two years ago as a freshman (2007) ... Her career saves mark of 987 is a school record ... Tied her career-best with 20 saves against UC Davis (3/29/09) ... In 21 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) ... Named Big West Player of the Week by collecting 31 saves in wins against ninth-ranked UC Irvine (7-5, 4/18/09), Sonoma State (11-4, 4/19/09) and Cal State San Bernardino (17-6, 4/19/09).

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