NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- No. 6 UC Irvine settled the dispute atop the Big West standings defeating No. 7 Cal State Northridge 11-5 Sunday at Matador Pool.
The 'Eaters (20-7, 4-0) were powered by Jessy Cardey who got things going early with a pair of goals in the first period. She continued to roll with two more goals via penalty shots in the second period to give the Anteaters a 7-2 lead at the half.
UCI continued to extend its lead in the third period with strikes from Cardey, her fifth, Cambria Shockley and McKenna Mitchell before Danielle Warde shut the door in the fourth period on a backhanded one-timer on a feed from Cardey on a drive for the 11th and final goal of the match.
Cardey's five-goal game was her first of the season and fourth of her career with three come via penalty shots and put her solely in second place all-time for Anteater scoring surpassing Erica Horman. She also added three assists.
Warde scored a hat trick of her own along with an assist and field block. Hannah Croghan led the way with three steals and added a goal. McKenna Mitchell earned three exclusions to led the team and contributed a goal and assist as well.
Jillian Yocum withstood the Matador attack with 10 saves and had a pair of steals as well. Kiernan Davis for CSUN (22-7, 3-1) had nine saves while senior Jenny Jamison led the Matadors with three goals.