Hoosiers' Comeback Falls Short
Feb. 9, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - No. 13 Indiana was five seconds away from mounting a successful comeback attempt against No. 16 Cal State Northridge, but the Matadors snuck in a last second goal and IU fell 9-8 at the Canyonview Aquatic Center at UC San Diego.
Northridge came out of the gate burning on all cylinders, putting themselves up by two early in the game. Colleen McNaught was able to put the Hoosiers on the board at the end of the first quarter, but a lack of ball movement left Indiana stagnant on offense though most of the first half and IU found themselves in a 7-3 deficit heading into the locker room.
The Hoosiers started the second half like an entirely different team and began their comeback attempt almost immediately. Meghan Lappan scored off the assist from McNaught and then Shelby Taylor rocketed in another goal quickly after.
With the third quarter coming to a close, goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault stepped out of the cage going for a steal, but the ball was swiped to a wide-open Matador player. Senior Shae Fournier snuck up behind her and blocked the ball, keeping Northridge scoresless through the third.
Allison Campbell brought Indiana to within one and Gaudreault made the save on the other end to leave IU down one with the ball and 25 seconds on the clock. Fournier's shot went wide but Rebecca Gerrity grabbed the rebound and scored, tying the score 8-8 with 13 seconds left to play.
A timeout was called and Northridge executed their play to perfection, scoring on an open look and ending the Hoosiers chance at a comeback.
Goalkeeper Gaudreault finished with 11 saves. McNaught led the team in scouring with two goals while Fournier added a goal, two assists, and four steals. Indiana will play Sonoma at 1:20 pm PT.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Indiana 1 2 2 3 8 Northridge 2 5 0 2 9
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