No. 13 Indiana Continues Conference Domination, Defeats No. 19 Hartwick 11-5
Feb. 1, 2014
PROVIDENCE, RI - The No. 13 Indiana water polo team continued to display their domination of the CWPA Western Division by a 11-5 victory over No. 19 Hartwick at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center in Providence, RI. The Hoosiers improve their record to 4-0 (3-0) on the season.
For the second game in a row senior Shae Fournier was able to drive down the length of the pool and score on Indiana's opening possession. She connected on every shot she took in the match, leading all scorers with four goals. She also contributed four steals. Fournier needs 14 more goals to surpass Jakie Kohli for second on Indiana's all-time scoring list with 244 goals.
As is typical with Hartwick, the match was extremely physical, and it wasn't long before the Hawks were awarded a 5-meter opportunity. Goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault deflected the shot immediately.
Gaudreault was in her element, rejecting 13 of Hartwick's best shot attempts, including four one-on-one opportunities. Her 13 saves matches a career high for the sophomore which she set against Long Beach State Feb. 23, 2013.
Fournier, Rebecca Gerrity, and Summer Creighton were each able to add goals on 6-on-5 opportunities. Indiana connected on all four of the power plays during the first quarter, something that was a major point of emphasis during the off-season.
The Hoosiers closed out the half with a 7-0 lead. Gerrity received the ball off the perfect connection from Colleen McNaught and tossed in another to begin the third quarter. With that pass, McNaught recorded her 100th career assist for the Hoosiers. She led the team in helpers during both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
After 18 minutes and 14 shot attempts Hartwick was finally able to get on the board with a goal, but it was no stopping the Hoosiers and they cruised to a final 11-5 victory.
"Tomorrow we expect to come out and win again and prove that we are the best team in East," senior Amanda Redfern told reporters. The Hoosiers will face Wagner at 8:30 a.m. EST in their third game of the Brown Invitational.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Indiana: 4 3 2 2 11 Hartwick: 0 0 3 2 5
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