Get to know: Nicole Concialdi

Monique Muñiz

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STUFF: Matador goalkeeper Nicole Concialdi leads the team with 124 saves while logging in 464 minutes. CSUN will start Big West Conference play April 2 against UC Davis. Photo Credit: Simon Gambaryan / Contributing Photographer

Full Name: Nicole Marie Concialdi
Date of Birth: May 26, 1989
Place of Birth: Chino Hills, California

Height: 5’9”
Position: Goalie
Major: Liberal studies

Stats: 124 saves and five penalty blocks in 17 games.

FAVORITES
Food: “Everything, but mostly desserts like chocolate cake.”
Music: “From country to rap and everything in between.”
Movie: “She’s all that”
Song: “Last Night” by Carrie Underwood
Athlete: Jonathan Quick, goaltender for the L.A. Kings
Book: “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult

LIFE
Greatest difficulty: “Not getting heated when things get crazy in my life.”
Greatest goal accomplishment: “Obtaining a B.A. and continuing my path toward becoming an elementary school teacher.”

WATER POLO
Best part of my game: “My ability to react to the ball in a quick manner.”
Part of my game that needs improvement: Talking to the defense
Best player I’ve played against: Most of the UCLA team
Pre-game rituals: “Well it’s weird, but I like to touch each post of the cage before each game starts.”
Superstitions: None

GOALS
Team: Reach NCAA tourney
Individual: “Stuffing as many shooters as I can during conference.”

EXTRAS
My first sports: “I’ve only played water polo.”
Other sports I played while growing up: None
When I started playing water polo: “I was a field player at first and I begged my coach to let me try being goalie, so he finally gave in and I’ve been a goalie ever since.”

What I do to stay in shape during the off season: “Go shopping (laughs). Going to the gym, although it’s not one of my favorite things to do.”
Person I would like to meet: “I would love to meet Jodi Picoult. I love the way she writes. She’s my favorite author.”