April 30, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior Coriann Snyder led a list of four Long Beach State women's water polo players to be selected to the All-Big West teams, the conference announced on Wednesday. Snyder earned a spot on the First Team while fellow senior Chelsea Parks landed on the Second Team. Senior Hillary Veselik and sophomore Christina Kotsia earned Honorable Mention.
Snyder, a senior from Porterville, Calif., enjoyed her best season as a 49er. The defender netted 51 goals this year for the 49ers, which was just one off the team lead. Snyder's First Team selection is the third All-Big West honor of her career but the first time she was nabbed a spot on the First Team. In the last match of the regular season, Snyder put five goals in the net against UC Irvine, duplicating her output from earlier in the year in a blowout win over Chapman. She was the only 49er to score five times in a match this season and did so twice. She finished her career with 153 goals, which ranks sixth all-time.
Snyder finished the season just one goal behind Parks, who grabbed All-Big West Second Team honors, for the team lead. Parks put 52 goals in the net in the 2014 season to give her back-to-back 50-goal seasons and her third All-Big West honor of her career. Her most notable performance came in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament when she scored four goals to help the Beach push past UC Santa Barbara in 12-7 win. She scored six hat tricks on the year and finished her career fourth all-time with 172 goals.
Kotsia earned Honorable Mention for the second time in as many years with the Beach. She scored 23 goals this year after missing the first few weeks of the season. Veselik, the third senior from the Beach selected, also earned Honorable Mention after scoring 28 times this year. She was the only 49er to score in all three Big West Tournament matches.
Conference champion UC Irvine took two of the three major awards. Dan Klatt was selected as Coach of the Year and Danielle Ward was named the Player of the Year. Hawaii's Chloe Barr earned Freshman of the Year honors.
The Beach ended the season last week with a 19-12 overall record and a 2-3 record in the Big West. LBSU finished fourth in the regular season as well as in the conference tournament.
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