Hoosiers Fall to Top Seed Stanford in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament.
May 9, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - Candyce Schroeder made her return noticeable, scoring twice for the Hoosiers, but the No. 1-ranked Stanford University used an offensive onslaught that never stopped to overpower No. 8 Indiana, 18-2, in the opening round of the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Water Polo Championship hosted at the University of Southern California's Utyengsu Aquatics Center.
Facing a team with several Team USA Olympians dotting its roster, the Hoosiers fell behind 3-0 in the first 5:18 of play and were never able to overcome the early deficit against the top-seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship tournament.
"I thought that we were going to open with a little bit more energy than we did," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "Unfortunately, the tempo of the game started in a place where we were on our backs a little too much. That was new territory for us. We had been controlling the first four minutes of contests all year long, regardless of whom our opposition was. I thought we could offer up more than we did."
A significant problem for Indiana, which outshot the Cardinal 29-28, in the game was man-up chances as the Hoosiers drew 12 ejections and failed to convert on all but one of its chances with a six-on-five advantage.
Inversely, the Cardinal peppered the Hoosiers' cage on man-up chances converting on eight-of-nine chances, including three in both the second and third quarters to allow Stanford to pull away for a 16-goal victory.
Kiley Neushul put the Cardinal in front to stay just 51 seconds into the game after she drew the exclusion. Annika Dries added to the lead by cashing in at 3:44, before Maggie Steffens scored on the Hoosiers to make it 3-0.
Indiana finally broke through as Schroeder stuffed a shot past Cardinal starting goalie Gabby Stone with 1:21 left in the quarter via a feed from Alexis Jones.
"I just want to put it out there and mention this is the first time in over a month that Candyce (Schroeder) has touched the water," said King. "She had a concussion and for her to come out here and give the kind of effort that she did, that's going to be the message in the locker room for the next couple of days."
However, an ejection call against Shelby Taylor with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter allowed Stanford to push the margin back to three, moving them up 4-1 after the first quarter.
Ejections would doom Indiana's comeback hopes, however, as two power play opportunities allowed the Cardinals to engorge the Stanford lead to 6-1.
Indiana appeared poised to start putting together a run as the Hoosiers kept Stanford at bay or the next five minutes, but the ejection of Taylor with 2:09 left in the half allowed Kaley Dodson to zip in a score to notch her team's seventh goal and fourth power play strike in the first eight minutes of action.
The second half's opening minutes saw Stanford refuse to tap the breaks. Instead, the MPSF Champions stomped on the gas to blow the contest open and grab an 11-1 lead by the 5:27 mark of the third quarter.
Indiana attempted to claw its way back as Schroeder beat the goalie on a six-on-five chance at 5:15 to set the scoreboard at 12-2.
The Cardinal were not done taking advantage of ejection calls against Indiana, however, as Stanford's Yelizarova wrapped up the scoring in the third quarter as she lined in a goal with 54 seconds left for a 14-2 Stanford lead with a quarter to play.
The Cards finished their run with an 18-2 final score. Gaudreault took the loss for the Hoosiers with five saves over the first three quarters before Mary Campbell) came on in the fourth quarter.
The loss drops the Hoosiers into the consolation side of the bracket as Indiana will next be in action tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, May 10, against the loser of a first-round game, No. 5 seed Arizona State University.
1st 2nd 3rd 4TH Final Indiana 1 0 1 0 2 Stanford 4 4 6 4 18
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