No. 15 Indiana Makes a Statement, Topples No. 13 Michigan 10-5
Jan. 18, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 15 Indiana women's water polo team made a big statement Saturday night, defeating rival Michigan, the No. 13 ranked team in the country, by a decisive 10-5 margin in the Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Senior Shae Fournier recorded two goals for the Hoosiers, propelling her into third place on Indiana's all-time record list with 225 career goals. She surpassed Krista Peterson who is now in fourth with 224 goals. She only needs 20 more points to pass former teammate Jakie Kohli for second with 244 goals.
Defense took over immediately for both teams, with the squads only taking a combined four shots on goal during the first three minutes. A penalty shot awarded to Fournier broke the stand-off and put Indiana up 1-0.
Indiana was extremely efficient on offense, creating several good looks. Junior Rebecca Gerrity was able to net one on the 6-on-5 opportunity to give the Hoosiers a 2-0 advantage.
Credit the defense for holding off the counter attack. Sophomore goalie Jessica Gaudreault was aggressive from the get-go and finished with 11 saves and two steals.
Half way through the second quarter Michigan found themselves facing Gaudreault one-on-one... or so they thought. Senior transfer Allison Campbell sped down the pool, came up behind the attacker and stole the ball away right as she was at the net. She quickly passed the ball down the length of the pool where it was recovered by center Candyce Schroeder who tossed it in for the score.
The Wolverines finally got themselves on the scoreboard before the half, but counter attacks from Campbell, Summer Creighton, and Shelby Taylor put IU up 6-2 heading into the break.
The third and fourth quarters were much of the same with six different players scoring points. Sophomore Candyce Schroeder finished the match with three goals, making it the third hat trick she's recorded. Junior Shelby Taylor also matched a personal career-high by stealing the ball away from the Wolverines four times.
The Hoosiers are now 2-0 (1-0) to start the season. They will have a weekend off before traveling to Providence, RI to compete in the Brown Invitational on Feb. 1-2. Indiana will face Michigan again, this time at home, Feb. 22 when the Wolverines compete in the annual Fluid Four.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Indiana 2 4 3 1 10 Michigan 0 2 2 1 5
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