Pardon Is First Spartan Named 1st-Team All-Golden Coast Conference

Aliso Viejo, Calif.----- San José State University graduate student Finn Pardon, junior Yahav Fire and junior Ben Hauschild received 2020-21 All-Golden Coast Conference first and second-team honors in a vote of the conference coaches following the completion of the regular season.
            Pardon, the Spartans' leading goal scorer with 17 goals in eight matches, was named a first-team honoree. Fire and Hauschild were second-team choices.
Since joining the Golden Coast Conference in 2016, Pardon is the first San José State men's water polo player to be a first-team all-conference choice. He was an honorable mention pick in 2018.
Fire, a second-team All-Golden Coast Conference honoree for the third consecutive season, solidified the Spartans' defense from his goalkeeper position. His .441 save percentage was second best in the conference and he was credited with 30 saves in the four matches he played.
Hauschild led the Spartans with 11 assists and added six goals in the team's first eight matches. The all-conference honor is his second. Hauschild was an honorable mention pick as a freshman in 2016.
Besides the first and second-team honorees, the Golden Coast Conference awarded honorable mention recognition to every player in the conference to play in a match during the 2020-21 abbreviated season.
The list of Spartan honorable mentions include goalkeepers Mason Smith, Noah Pendleton, and Griffin O'Brien; and field players Neil Arnett, Guillermo Aguirre, Oliver Grant, Gal Haimovich, Jacob Hatch, Niels Hofmeijer, Ary Kamen, Zak Keysaw, Mark Kis, Utku Karhan, Ethan Koch, Mateo Lema, Connor MacMillan, John Reid, and Zachary Tucker.
Pepperdine goalkeeper Kent Emden was named the Golden Coast Conference Player of the Year.
San Jose State (2-6) is back in action Saturday, March 13, hosting Santa Clara in a non-conference contest and Cuesta College in an exhibition at the Student Recreation and Aquatic Center. The Santa Clara match begins at 10:00 a.m. and the Cuesta College exhibition starts at 1:30 p.m.