Indiana Wins CWPA Western Division Championship for the First Time in School History
April 14, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - The No. 3 seed Indiana water polo team made history Saturday morning by claiming the school's first ever Western Conference Championship with a 12-11 thrilling victory over No. 1 seed Hartwick at the Myrtha Pool.
The opening minute was a preview of what was to happen the rest of the match. Freshman center Candyce Schroeder was able to create space down low and score for the Hoosiers, but Hartwick's offense was equally impressive and they tied it up quickly.
Rebecca Gerrity completed her second straight assist, this time to redshirt senior Jakie Kohli. Kohli finished the match with two goals, a team high three assists, one steal, and one field block. The veteran is now only seven goals away from becoming Indiana's all-time leading scorer.
It was Hartwick's turn to show off their offensive powers in the second quarter. They scored on consecutive power plays and sent Indiana clinging to a 5-4 lead at halftime.
The third quarter opened with a Seahawks goal for the tie, but was quickly countered by a goal from Meghan Lappan. Hartwick tied it again at 6-6, but once again it was a dagger from Lappan that put Indiana ahead by one.
The Hoosiers offense found its first quarter rhythm late in the third by reeling off three consecutive goals from Lappan, Shelby Taylor, and Colleen McNaught. By the end of the match eight different players on Indiana's roster had scored a point.
The fourth quarter was more back in fourth action but it was goalie Jessica Gaudreault's save on a last minute Hartwick 5-meter attempt that could have been the play of the game. Gaudreault ended the match with five saves and three steals.
With the score tied and only 32 seconds left on the clock, Shae Fournier drove the ball all the way down the length of the pool, drew the exclusion, and then scored the game-winning goal with four seconds remaining to give Indiana its first ever Western Conference crown. Fournier had three goals on the match.
This victory will likely earn the Hoosiers a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference Finals to be played in Ann Arbor, Mich. in two weeks.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Indiana 5 0 4 3 12 Hartwick 2 2 3 4 11
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