Hoosiers Struggle Late, Fall to Michigan in Western Division Semis
April 14, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 2 seed Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (25-8, 5-1 CWPA West) held a 6-3 lead in the third quarter against rival Michigan, but could not withstand a six-goal rally from the No. 3 seed Wolverines, falling 10-7 in the semifinals of the CWPA Western Division Championship.
The loss puts the Hoosiers in the third place game against No. 1 seed Maryland at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Michigan will take on No. 4 seed Hartwick for the title at noon.
Senior goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff picked up 11 saves in a complete 32 minutes of action. The Los Altos, Calif. native's total is her 21st double-digit outing of the 2012 season.
The game was back-and-forth early on, with McNaught and the Hoosiers striking first at the 6:21 mark of the opening period on the assist by Fournier. The Wolverines answered back three minutes later with a put-back goal.
McNaught came through again with eight seconds left in the quarter, drawing an ordinary foul and taking advantage with a goal from outside five-meters to give IU a 2-1 lead. McNaught has posted 12 multi-goal games in her debut campaign.
The Wolverines tied things up again early in the second quarter, connecting on a skip shot from the perimeter.
Indiana regained control in the middle portion of the second period, beginning with Creighton's post-up goal at the 4:25 mark. Fournier followed that up with a laser from long-range to give the Hoosiers a 4-2 lead.
Fournier also finished the game with two assists, two steals, and three field blocks. The Hoosiers racked up 10 field blocks as a team. IU also grabbed 11 steals, led by sophomore Meghan Lappan's career-high six takeaways.
Michigan found the back of the net on a backhand late in the second to cut the deficit to one heading into the break.
The Hoosiers looked to take control for good in the third with goals from Creighton and Eimstad, giving the Cream and Crimson their largest lead of the contest at 6-3.
The Wolverines came back with the game's next six goals, including three in the final 2:52 of the third quarter and a trio of scores in the first five minutes of the fourth to take a 9-6 lead. Michigan's seventh goal at the 7:47 mark of the fourth gave them their first lead of the contest.
Fournier connected on a five-meter penalty shot with two minutes remaining, but a late Michigan goal stymied any hopes of a Hoosier comeback.
Indiana Goals: Creighton 2, Fournier 2, McNaught 2, Eimstad 1
Indiana Saves: Wyckoff 11
Michigan Goals: Nolan 5, Moore 2, Cobb 1, Colton 1, Ivry 1
Michigan Saves: Turner 6
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