Jan. 17, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Last Meeting
March 18, 2011
For the 13th season in a row, Indiana will begin its season by competing in the Michigan Kick-Off in Ann Arbor, Mich. The CWPA Conference rivals are set to face off in the final match of the evening.
The Hoosiers, ranked No. 15 by pre-season polls, will first face Iona before squaring off against the No. 13 ranked Wolverines. Indiana and Michigan competed against each other three times with UM getting the 2-1 edge.
The Hoosiers return all starters but one of its starters from last year's squad. Senior Shae Fournier looks to continue her climb in the IU record books in a number of offensive categories (goals scored, assists, and steals). She is currently fourth all-time at Indiana with 220 career goals, fifth all-time in career assists (127), fourth in career steals (132), and well within reach of the all-time leader in each category.
Other returning starters include goalie Jessica Gaudrealt,who has spent much of the offseason competing for the Canadian National Team, team assist-leader Colleen McNaught, Shelby Taylor, and Meghan Lappan.
SHAE SHATTERING RECORDS
Senior Shae Founrier is on her way to becoming one of, if not the, best players in Indiana water polo history. Fournier,who currently holds the record at Indiana for most goals scored in a season with 95, is fourth on the career list at the start of her senior season with 220 goals. She only needs 5 more to pass Krista Peterson in third with 224 and 27 to pass Kristin Stanford with the all-time record of 246. She is currently fifth all-time at IU in career assists (127), fourth in career steals (132), and well within reach of the all-time leader in each category.
Fournier added season totals of 66 goals, 38 assists, 62 steals, and 35 field blocks during her junior year, which is either first or second on the team in every statistical category. She also tied the record for most goals scored in a match by putting in six against Gannon University.
ANCHORING THE D
Keeper Jessica Gaudreault was named the starting goalie for Indiana last season as a freshman and quickly turned into one of the top goalkeepers in the conference. She rounded out the year with 199 saves on her 27 matches played this season. She was named First Team All-Conference for the CWPA Western Division as well as co-defesnive player of the week for the CWPA alongside teammate Mary Campbell for the week of Feb. 18-24. Gaudreault earned first team honors by her amazing performances in the Hoosiers' three biggest wins of the season.
Gaudreault has spent the majority of her off-season competing for the Canadian National Team in prestigious tournaments such as the Holiday Cup and the Canada Cup.
THE MARYLAND GIRLS
University of Maryland transfers Rebecca Gerrity and Allison Campbell will be joining each other as teammates for the first time since 2012 when the University decided to close down their water polo program.
Gerrity, who joined the Hoosiers last season, had no trouble fitting in with the Indiana offense. Gerrity had six goals for IU in her first tournament in Ann Arbor, including a huge showing against Colorado State, where she had four goals on only five shot attempts.
Senior Allison Campbell will be suiting up in an Indiana uniform for the first time after taking a year off from competing at the colligate level. An honorable mention All-America choice by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) in 2012, Campbell was a first team All-CWPA Western Division selection and named to the CWPA Eastern Championship All-Tournament first team after helping the Terps post a program-best second-place finish that same year.
Ali was named Western Division Player of the Week four times (2/1, 2/28, 3/27 and 4/2) during her junior season while starting all 26 games for the Terps. She ranked first on the team in goals (55) and third in assists (23). Campbell also led the team in steals (70) and kickouts drawn (33). Her season goals total tied for sixth (56) on the Maryland all-time single-season chart and set a single-season school record with a shooting percentage of .462. Campbell's older sister, Kelsey, also played water polo at Indiana from 2008-2011.
ASSISTING THE TEAM
Junior Colleen McNaught made a habit of finding open teammates in position to score during both her sophomore and debut seasons at IU. The Dana Hills, Calif. native paced the team with 41 assists last year, while adding 51 helpers the season before, which is third on the IU all-time single-season assists list. Brooke Zimmerman holds the school record with 56 assists in 2008.
McNaught also tied the record for most assists in a single game with five. Colleen started every game for the Hoosiers during the 2013 season and had 29 goals, 41 assists, 27 steals, and 13 field blocks.