July 19, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Eight members of the Long Beach State women's water polo team were named to the Association of Water Polo Coaches Association All-Academic team Thursday evening. Sophomores Rachel Cretcher and Justine Morgan, juniors Kelly Ringel, Coriann Snyder and Nicole Van Derhoof all earned their second-consecutive all-academic honors. Rounding things out are freshman Leigh Auth, Christina Kotsia and Kayla Robert received their first ACWPC All-Academic accolades.
Cretcher, Morgan, Ringel, Snyder and Van Derhoof each earned their second-consecutive ACWPC All-Academic honors. The five were also named to the 2013 Big West All-Academic Team.
Snyder, a Porterville, Calif. native led all 49ers with a 3.86 GPA garnering her "Outstanding" merit. The junior was third on the team with 39 goals, three of which came in final game of the season against No. 8 San Diego State to claim third-place at the Big West Tournament. Snyder also earned All-Big West Conference honors along the way.
Cretcher held the second-highest GPA on the team with a 3.75 earning her the "Outstanding" distinction as well. The Morgan Hill, Calif. product recorded 16 goals for the 49ers in a back-up role.
Morgan, the former El Toro High School standout received a "Superior" merit with a 3.61 GPA, good for third on the team. As a sophomore, the starter from Lake Forest, Calif. local was fifth on the team with 26 goals. Morgan tied with Snyder for most-goals on the team in the Big West Tournament with five goals.
Ringel, a Long Beach, Calif. local also earned a "Superior" recognition with a 3.58 GPA. The All-Big West Conference honoree had a breakout season with 274 saves as well as posting a league-low 5.47 goals-against average.
Like Ringel, Roberts also earned a "Superior" honor with a 3.58 GPA. As a freshman, Roberts was a force in set for the 49ers pounding in 22 goals. The freshman was also the second-leading scorer amongst first-year players at LBSU.
Auth, an Ananapolis, Md. native was third amongst freshman on the team with 19 goals. With a 3.42 GPA, the freshman was one-of-five 49ers to have earned a "Superior" standing. With five goals against Washington & Jefferson, Auth was second on the team for most goals in a single-game.
Kotsia just made the cut for the "Superior" distinction with a 3.37 GPA. The standout freshman for LBSU found the back of the net 50 times, good for second on the team. The Athens, Greece native was also recognized by opposing coaches earning All-Big West Conference honors as well as ACWPC All-America accolades. Last but not least is Van Derhoof who earned 3.33 GPA garnering her "Excellent" merits as a mechanical engineering major. The Long Beach Poly alum recorded five goals on the year in a backup role.
To earn the all-academic honor, student-Athletes must maintain at least a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.2 or higher and must have competed in at least 50 percent of the games during the season. Athlete merits are divided into three levels: Excellent - 3.2 - 3.4, Superior - 3.41 - 3.7 and Outstanding - 3.71 - 4.0.
Long Beach State wrapped up its historic season with a 25-7 overall record and a third-place finish at the Big West Tournament. The 49ers also finished the regular season 4-3, good for fourth place.
For a complete list of the 2013 ACWPC All-Academic honorees, click here.
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