March 3, 2012
THORNTON, Colo. -
The No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (12-4, 1-1 CWPA West) unleashed a season-high in goals scored en route to a 16-9 victory at Colorado State on Saturday. The Cream and Crimson racked up 10 goals in the first half to separate from the Rams in Thornton, Colo.
"It was great to see us get out to a solid start and keep building as the game went on," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "We executed well throughout, especially offensively."
Nine Hoosiers scored in the contest, led by a career-high-tying five goals from sophomore Shae Fournier. Freshman Summer Creighton and sophomores Meghan Lappan and Amanda Redfern each notched a pair of goals. Freshman Katie Contreras, senior Hanna Eimstad, freshman Nina Escobedo, freshman Alexis Jones, and freshman Alynn Reade had one goal apiece in the win.
Senior goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff racked up 10 saves in 28 minutes of action. Freshman Jojo White came on midway through the fourth period and collected a pair of stops.
Creighton started off the Hoosier scoring attack with a post-up goal after a Fournier assist to take the 1-0 lead two minutes into the action. Fournier followed that up with a long-range strike to set the tone offensively.
The two squads exchanged a trio of goals for the remainder of the opening quarter, including two from Fournier to give the Winnipeg, Manitoba native a hat trick in the game's first eight minutes. Redfern gave the Hoosiers a two goal lead with less than a second on the clock, firing in a shot after an assist by Reade.
The Hoosiers rode the momentum from the late Redfern goal into the second period, reeling off four consecutive scores to establish momentum and take a 9-3 lead.
Creighton converted the first goal of the second stanza after a Lappan dish. Freshman Shelby Taylor earned a five meter penalty two minutes later, which Escobedo scored for the seventh IU goal of the contest. Lappan and Fournier capped the run with close-range goals.
The Rams came up with a goal from deep to briefly pull within five until Lappan rebounded a miss and delivered the timely put-back to give Indiana the 10-4 halftime advantage.
After CSU opened the third quarter with a goal, Fournier notched her fifth on a power play score after the Taylor assist. Redfern followed that up by earning a power play, quickly hauling in a pass from freshman Colleen McNaught and converting the goal to put the Hoosiers up 12-5 midway through the third. McNaught, along with Fournier, each posted a team-high three assists.
The Rams notched a power play goal to cut the margin to six, but Indiana kept the pressure on, converting three straight goals late in the third and early in the fourth.
Eimstad started the run by earning a kickout and firing home the shot with 1:06 remaining in the third. Reade increased the lead to 14-6 with 27 seconds left in the period, faking out the Ram defender and connecting for the score.
Contreras continued the impressive display, driving the right side of the defense and registering the goal near two-meters to increase the lead to nine.
After a pair of CSU goals, Jones put together the final Hoosier score of the day, scoring on the assist by Contreras.
The Hoosiers will be back in action at 9:00 a.m. MT on Sunday against Cal State East Bay.
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Indiana Goals: Fournier 5, Creighton 2, Lappan 2, Redfern 2, Contreras 1, Eimstad 1, Escobedo 1, Jones 1, Reade 1
Indiana Saves: Wyckoff 10, White 2