No. 13 Indiana Defeats No. 20 Pacific, Matches Best Start in School History
Feb. 3, 2014
PROVIDENCE, RI - No. 13 Indiana defeated No. 20 Pacific by a score of 15-9 to increases their record to a perfect 6-0 on the season. The 6-0 record matches the best start in school history when the IU water polo team went 6-0 in 1998 before losing their seventh match of the season.
For the first time all season it was the other team that took the first strike. Sophomore center Candyce Schroeder threw one behind her back to even the score, but Pacific was able to throw a second one in from the left side to regain a 2-1 lead.
Juniors Shelby Taylor and Colleen McNaught went several rounds passing back-and-forth before Taylor threw the ball in for the Indiana point. Transfer Allison Campbell was then able to give the Hoosiers their first lead of the game, but some confusion on defense lead to another Pacific goal, and Indiana rounded out the first quarter tied 3-3.
Campbell got the ball to senior Amanda Redfern for a textbook score to start the second quarter. Pacific countered with a goal of their own, but the very next possession junior Rebecca Gerrity drew the exclusion and found Schroeder in the middle to give the Hoosiers a 5-4 lead.
Allison Campbell, who was given her first start of the season against the Tigers, made the most of her opportunities. She drove down the length of the pool and scored to give Indiana a 6-4 lead at the half.
Campbell finished the match with five goals and an assist. This is the fifth five-goal game of her career, her last coming against Santa Clara when Campbell was still playing for Maryland on March 25, 2012. Five scores is just one shy of an all-time record for points in a game. The current Hoosier record is six, which is held by teammate Shae Fournier. In her six games so far as a Hoosier Allison Campbell has already recorded 16 goals.
Somehow Pacific was able to get in the middle lane with a wide-open look to score, brining them back to within one to start the third quarter. The Hoosiers subsequently went on a 6-0 run and stamped their final win at the Brown Invitational.
The 15 points that Indiana scored against the Tigers meant that the Hoosiers have now scored double-digits in every single one of their matches this season. Indiana will head to San Diego to compete in the Triton Invitational Feb. 8-9 at the University of California- San Diego.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Indiana: 3 3 2 7 15 Pacific: 3 1 1 4 9
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