No. 18 Hoosiers To Open Conference Play in Ann Arbor, Mich.
March 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers (5-6) head to Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 6-7 to compete in four games that feature CWPA Western Division opponents. Indiana's weekend schedule will feature conference games against Washington & Jefferson Chatham and Grove City on Saturday, as well as Penn State Behrend on Sunday. Chatham will be playing their first varsity game against the Hoosiers.
Indiana comes into the weekend riding a four game winning streak following their trip to Santa Cruz, Calif., for the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest. The Hoosiers defeated UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Monterey Bay, Pacific, and Santa Clara during last weekend's event.
Sophomore Kelsey Campbell had a terrific overall performance in Santa Cruz, scoring nine goals for the Hoosiers during their win streak. Campbell tied a career-high with four goals in the 7-5 Indiana win over Santa Clara, including a score from long range with two minutes left to help seal the game for the Hoosiers. On the season, Campbell has 11 goals, five assists, seven steals, and 11 kickouts earned.
Career Day in Goal
Junior Katie Carson racked up a career-high 21 saves in the Hoosiers' 5-4 win against UC Santa Cruz. Her steady presence in goal helped the Hoosiers maintain an early lead, and hang on during a late Bronco rally. Carson made a wide variety of important saves throughout the second half. She topped her previous career-best of 15 saves from last season against Princeton.
Indiana has continued the rock solid defensive play that they have shown all season. Against Pacific, the Hoosiers grabbed a season-high 22 steals. Leading the way defensively was freshman Jakie Köhli and sophomore Amy Moore, each finishing with five steals against the Tigers. Sophomore Nicole Redder also chipped in with four steals for Indiana.
In the Polls
Indiana moved up one spot to No. 18 in the latest Varsity Top 20 poll released by the CWPA on March 4. The Hoosiers have remained at the No. 18 or No. 19 position since the January 18 polls were released. The top ranking in the CWPA Poll now belongs to Hartwick, after their 9-7 win over then No. 1 Michigan last weekend. Indiana remains at No. 3 in the CWPA Poll.
A Closer Look at the Opponents
Washington & Jefferson
The Presidents are coming off of a 7-11 overall record last season. They will open their 2009 season against Indiana on Saturday. Washington & Jefferson is captained by two seniors, Emily Allen and Alicia Sutton and two juniors, Jessica Barby and Polly Ziegler.
Indiana holds a decisive 10-0 all-time record against the Presidents. The Hoosiers dominated last season's meeting 18-6.
Chatham is in their first season as a varsity sport. The Cougars will play their first official game against Indiana on Saturday.
The upcoming game will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Grove City enters the weekend with a 1-3 overall record in 2009. The Wolverines defeated La Verne 10-2 in their most recent contest. Grove City is led by junior driver Kate Stiebler, who scored 53 goals a season ago. She was also named Team MVP and First Team CWPA Western Division All-Conference.
Indiana holds a commanding 11-0 all-time record against Grove City. Last season, the Hoosiers defeated Grove City 13-3.
Penn State Behrend
Penn State Behrend will open their 2009 campaign this weekend in Ann Arbor. Last season, the Lions finished with a 1-17 overall record. They are led by junior goalie Jenna Zeyfang and sophomore Danielle Palski. Palski scored 12 goals last season for the Lions.
The Hoosiers have never lost to Penn State Behrend, holding a 10-0 overall record against the Lions. In the teams' only meeting last season, Indiana pounded PSU-B, 17-3.
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