Parks Leads Long Beach State To Fifth-Place Finish At Triton Invitational
Long Beach State is off to the program's best start since 2008 thanks in large part to the efforts of junior Chelsea Parks (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS), who was selected Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Week.
The 49ers posted a 3-1 record against four ranked opponents in the high-powered Triton Invitational field. LBSU defeated No. 11 Michigan (8-6), No. 17 Cal State Northridge (10-8 in OT) and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (9-7), while narrowly missing out on an upset of No. 7 San Diego State in a 7-6 overtime defeat.
Parks was instrumental in the success as she scored a nine of the team's 33 goals for the week to lead all 49ers.
Her best scoring performance came against fellow Big West foe CSUN as she notched a game-high four goals. She tallied her fourth goal in the first overtime period to give LBSU the lead, then came up with a crucial steal on a Matador counter-attack with about 35 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the 10-8 win.
In the battle for fifth place against the Gauchos, the driver led the 49ers with two goals. She also contributed a pair of goals against Michigan and a single goal versus San Diego State.
Others nominated: Lindsy Nelson (Cal State Northridge); Kelsey Klatt (UC Irvine); Mackenzie Brokaw (UC Santa Barbara)