March 22, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 5-ranked California women's water polo team broke open a tight match by outscoring Cal State Northridge, 6-1, in the fourth period on the way to a 14-8 victory over the Matadors Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, who were led by sophomore Grace Reynolds' four goals, improved their record to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in the MPSF. Cal State Northridge dropped to 7-11 and 0-5 in league play.
After the Matadors' Allison Brookes scored the last two goals of the third period to get her team within, 8-7, Cal dominated the fourth period. Sophomore Meghan Corso started the Bears' scoring spree by knocking down a shot with 6:38 left in the match. Senior Molly Hayes then gave Cal a 10-7 lead with another outside shot with 5:51 in the fourth, followed by junior Melissa Wheeler stealing the ball and swimming the length of the pool to score and give the Bears a 11-7 advantage.
From there, Reynolds and sophomore Erika Hanson each scored before Renee Gargiulo finally got CSUN back on the scoreboard with 28 seconds left in the match. Freshman Jillian Chiapuzio gave Cal its 14th goal with 10 seconds left in the contest for the final 14-8 margin.
Besides Reynolds' four goals, Corso chipped in two goals and senior goalie Heather Stuart finished with eight saves. The Matadors were led by Brookes' four goals, while sophomore goalie Jillian Stapf tallied 12 saves.
Cal will next travel to No. 6 San Diego State on March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F Cal State Northridge 4 1 2 1 8 California 7 0 1 6 14
Cal State Northridge goals: Allison Brookes 4, Renee Gargiulo 2, Dayna Van Gorder, Jessica Coy
Cal State Northridge saves: Jillian Stapf 12
Cal 12-6, 5-3 MPSF; CS Northridge 7-11, 0-5 MPSF