Hoosiers Defeat Brown, Reach Semis at Eastern Championship
April 30, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
Kara Butler fired in a career-high four goals to help lead the No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (20-10) to an opening round victory against Brown, 8-5, at the CWPA Eastern Championship in College Park, Md. The No. 3 seed Hoosiers advance to take on No. 2 seed Hartwick at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday in the semifinals, while No. 1 seed Michigan will clash with No. 5 seed Princeton in the other half of the bracket.
The teams battled back and forth until a three-goal run in the second period boosted the Hoosiers to a 6-3 halftime lead and the Bears could not recover. The triumph marks the third consecutive 20-win season and 11th overall for head coach Barry King and the Indiana program.
"I really thought we did a nice job of coming out and setting the tone in the first half," said King. "We kept that intensity up throughout the game and that was a key."
Indiana received steady play in the cage from Cassie Wyckoff. She finished the contest with nine saves and three steals. Rounding out the scoring for the Hoosiers with one each was Kelsey Campbell, Hanna Eimstad, Nicole Redder, and Lauren Wyckoff.
Eimstad struck first for Indiana at the 6:25 mark of the first quarter, scoring after a cross from Butler during a power play. The Hoosiers were 2-3 on six-on-five opportunities in the contest.
Brown came right back with their first goal one minute later on a post-up score. Butler answered with back-to-back strikes from the post midway through the opening quarter to give the Hoosiers a 3-1 lead.
Brown's Lauren Presant returned the favor with a pair of goals before the end of the period to knot things up at 3-3. The second goal was the lone power play score for the Bears on nine chances.
Indiana grabbed the momentum in the big way during the second quarter, beginning with Redder launching a shot into the net after an assist by Eimstad 59 seconds into the period. The Hoosiers then countered off a Brown shot clock violation when Redder quickly dished it off to Lauren Wyckoff for a nifty lob shot that sailed past the goalkeeper to make it a 5-3 Indiana lead. The Hoosiers were not finished, as Butler completed a first half hat trick with a score after the assist by Kym King with 28 seconds remaining.
Both teams locked down defensively during the second half, as the teams exchanged just two goals each throughout the final two periods. Brown scored on a long-range marker with 4:57 left in the third to briefly pull within two. Butler responded 28 seconds later with her fourth goal on a turnaround shot in the post after an entry by Campbell to give Indiana a 7-4 lead into the final quarter.
Presant notched her third goal with 6:31 left in the game to once again pull the Bears to within two. Campbell would cap the game with a goal from deep after Redder rebounded a missed Indiana shot and found her open for the shot with 5:48 left to play.
The fourth quarter also featured a difficult penalty shot save by Cassie Wyckoff as she deflected the attempt with an outstretched left hand to help preserve the lead. The Hoosiers would control the ball for the remainder of the contest to improve to 19-10 all-time at the Eastern Championship.
Indiana Goals: Butler 4, Campbell 1, Eimstad 1, Redder 1, L. Wyckoff 1
Indiana Saves: C. Wyckoff 9
Brown Goals: Presant 3, Bullwinkel 1, Glick 1
Brown Saves: Laing 10
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