RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- For the second year in a row, Laura Kocsis and Hannah Evans formed a formidable one-two punch for California Baptist University. It then came as no surprise when the dynamic duo earned All-American status from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches for the second year in a row Monday.
Kocsis was a first team selection after making the second squad in 2013, while Evans earned second team honors in consecutive years for the Lancers. It also marks the fourth-straight season CBU has had not just one All-American, but multiple selections. In program history, there have been nine national honors doled out to Lancers.
Kocsis and Evans were also respective first and second team picks in the All-Golden Coast Conference this year after finishing second and third in the conference in goals scored. Both players competed in all 32 games in 2014 and combined for 138 goals as the top-two goal scorers for a team that went 21-11 and took fifth in the GCC with a 3-3 conference record.
With three years complete, Kocsis has scored exactly 200 career goals -- ranking her sixth on the Lancers career list -- and is coming off a 75-goal campaign. The driver also had a team-high 32 assists and was fourth on the team with 31 steals as a junior. Kocsis also drew 19 exclusions and posted 10 field blocks.
While Kocsis gave CBU a playmaker and dead-eye shooter in the field, Evans controlled things down low at two-meters. The sophomore drew a whopping 70 man-advantages and scored 63 goals to go along with 20 steals and 12 assists.
In addition to the postseason accolades, Kocsis and Evans were eached named the GCC Player of the Week this year, as well. Kocsis was a two-time honoree on January 29th and April 16th, while Evans earned the distinction on February 19th.
There is still one season left for Kocsis and Evans to create more magic at the Lancer Aquatics Center, as the duo is scheduled to return for the 2015 campaign. Both will have their eyes on producing more overall success for CBU.