April 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The No. 3 seed Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (27-9) never trailed en route to a 7-5 win over No. 7 seed Harvard at the CWPA Eastern Championship. The Hoosiers broke the program's single-season wins record in the triumph over the Crimson, surpassing the 26-win seasons by the 1998, 2003, and 2011 squads.
The Hoosiers were led in scoring by sophomore Shae Fournier with three goals, marking her 17th contest with at least three goals this season. Freshman Shelby Taylor notched the ninth multi-goal game of her debut campaign, scoring a pair. Freshmen Summer Creighton and Alexis Jones posted one goal apiece in the win.
Senior goalkeeper Cassie Wyckoff was named Player of the Game after grabbing eight saves in 32 minutes. The Los Altos, Calif. native has 346 saves on the season, which is within striking distance of her own single-season record of 348 set in 2011.
The Hoosiers wasted no time getting started on the offensive end, as Taylor scored on the first possession of the game to give IU the early 1-0 lead.
After a Harvard power play goal, the Hoosiers answered with two straight scores from Creighton and Jones to pull in front 3-1 heading into the second quarter. Creighton took advantage on a Hoosier power play to score, while Jones turned in the post and found the back of the cage late in the period.
Fournier went to work in the second stanza, beginning with a counter-attack strike after a dish from freshman Colleen McNaught. She followed it up a minute later by losing her defender with a spin and converting a short lob to give the Hoosiers a 5-1 advantage at the 4:16 mark.
Harvard put together a two-goal run in the final 1:36 of the second quarter to cut the margin to two at the half.
Wyckoff and the Indiana defense shut out the Crimson in the third, while Fournier launched in a shot from near 10 meters late in the period to put the Hoosiers up 6-3.
Harvard mounted a late charge, with two goals in the opening two minutes of the fourth, but the Hoosiers would not be denied.
Wyckoff notched a clutch save late in the quarter, which led to a Taylor goal to on the following possession to go up by two. The Hoosier defense continued to hold strong in the final minutes to seal the win.
Indiana will take on No. 5 seed Hartwick at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in the fifth place game.
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Indiana Goals: Fournier 3, Taylor 2, Creighton 1, Jones 1
Indiana Saves: Wyckoff 8