April 15, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The No. 2 seed Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (26-8) notched a pair of fourth period goals while holding the No. 1 seed/No. 10 nationally ranked Maryland Terrapins scoreless in that stanza to earn the 7-6 win in the third place game at the CWPA Western Division Championship.
"We came up with some timely goals in the fourth quarter and our defense really stayed strong when it mattered most," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "Maryland is a very talented squad and that's a quality win to build on as we prepare for Easterns."
The win marks the 26th of the season for the No. 12 ranked Hoosiers, tying the IU single-season wins record set by the 1998, 2003, and 2011 teams. Indiana has also notched nine wins over ranked opponents in 2012.
Sophomore Shae Fournier led the way for the Hoosiers, scoring four goals including the eventual game-winner at the 4:06 mark of the fourth quarter. Fournier continues to add to her Indiana single-season scoring record, increasing her conference-leading total to 89.
Senior Hanna Eimstad, sophomore Meghan Lappan, and freshman Colleen McNaught contributed with one goal apiece in the win.
Senior goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff notched 11 saves for the second consecutive game in 32 minutes.
The Terrapins got on the board in a hurry, scoring from the outside on their first possession of the contest.
Fournier responded with a two-goal flurry coming in a span of 1:05 to give IU the lead at 2-1. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was assisted by Lappan and McNaught on her two first period strikes.
Maryland evened things up, converting on a power play with 57 seconds to play in the first quarter, but Eimstad countered with a six-on-five goal of her own 32 seconds later to give IU the 3-2 lead after freshman Alexis Jones earned one of her team-high four exclusions.
Freshman Shelby Taylor went to work inside two-meters to earn a five-meter penalty late in the second quarter, which Fournier hammered home to give the Hoosiers a two-goal lead.
The Terps answered back by scoring the game's next three goals, with two coming in third quarter to take their first lead of the contest.
McNaught found the back of the cage near the midway point of the third period just after the power play expired to knot things up at 6-6.
Maryland would again grab the lead at the 2:02 mark of the third, firing a backhand past Wyckoff.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Cream and Crimson as they held the top-seeded Terrapins scoreless.
Lappan capitalized on a power play early in the quarter to tie it up at 6-6 after McNaught found her open on the perimeter. McNaught finished the contest with a team-high two assists and two steals, while Lappan added an assist, a steal, and two field blocks.
Jones earned a key kick-out with just over four minutes remaining, which Fournier used to fire in the long-range game-winner after an assist by Eimstad. Fournier has posted four or more goals in 10 games this season for the Hoosiers.
Wyckoff, along with a steady dosage of field blocks, did the rest of the work for the Hoosiers as they held off Maryland to grab third place.
The Hoosiers will be back in action as they defend their CWPA Eastern Championship crown in Providence, R. I. on April 27-29 at Brown University.
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Maryland Goals: Tobin 3, Campbell 1, Robinson 1, Ruth 1
Maryland Saves: Reyes 10
Indiana Goals: Fournier 4, Eimstad 1, Lappan 1, McNaught 1
Indiana Saves: Wyckoff 11