Hoosiers Advance to Championship Match After 14-7 Rout of Michigan.
April 26, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - CWPA Player of the Year Shae Fournier and Rebecca Gerrity combined for eight goals as No. 12 Indiana defeated No. 20 Michigan for the fourth time this season. The 14-7 victory at the Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University sealed a spot for Indiana, 21-5, in the Championship match tomorrow afternoon against Princeton, 31-1.
Meeting for the fourth time this year following 10-5, 12-5 and 7-4 Hoosiers' victories during the regular season, Indiana put the game away in the first 16-minutes of competition as IU overwhelmed the Wolverines with an offensive attack UM couldn't handle.
Colleen McNaught droped the dime to junior Rebecca Gerrity for the first goal of the game. Those two would connect twice more in the match, including one alley-oop shot that drew gasps from the crowd. Gerrity, who had one assist herself, finished the game matching her career-high of four goals.
Indiana's all-time leading scorer Fournier cushioned the lead after she accepted a pass from Gerrity, beat her defender and eluded a save attempt by Michigan goalie to slam in a shot to push the margin to 2-0. Fournier matched Gerrity's four goal with a quadruple scoring match of her own. Shae also added three steals, an assist, and a block.
Michigan was able to get on the board after a fast-break opportunity, but goals from Allison Campbell, Alexis Jones, and Summer Creighton pushed the Hoosiers out far ahead 5-1 at the end of the first half.
Indiana's offensive onslaught didn't stop in the second quarter. Shelby Taylor finished the feed from Ellie Stott just 22 second into the second period, booting the Hoosiers up go to an eventual 10-4 half-time lead.
Overall, seven Hoosiers found the back of the cage in the game as Campbell finished with two goals, while Taylor, Creighton, Jones and Stott each tacked on solo markers. Gaudreault earned the win for Indiana with six saves.
The Hoosiers will aim to record the third CWPA Championship in program history tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm EST. It will mark Indiana's fifth CWPA Championship title game. Indiana has not played the Top-10 ranked, and two-time defending CWPA Champions, Princeton yet this season. History, however, favors Indiana in a title game showdown with the Tigers as the Hoosiers hold a four-game winning streak against PU. Overall, Indiana has claimed eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams dating back to April 28, 2002 to stand at 10-8 all-time against Princeton.
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