Top Seeded Hoosiers Get Ready for Conference Finals
April 23, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
THE OPENING SPRINT
The tournament, to be held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA., and will feature eight qualifying teams all vying for a trip to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The champion of the league title tournament earns the CWPA's automatic lone berth to compete for a National Championship May 9-11.
The format for the conference tournament was changed this season as the top three teams from both the Western (Indiana University, Hartwick College, and University of Michigan) and Southern (Princeton, Brown, Bucknell) Divisions along with the league's Division III (Connecticut College) champion claim automatic berths. The final spot in the field belongs to an at-large team (Harvard).
Based on their strength of schedule, their league record, and their margin of victory, the Indiana Hoosiers edged out Southern Division Champion, Princeton, for the No. 1 seed.
The Hoosiers will face No. 8 Connecticut College in their first match of the tournament on Friday, April 25 at 10:30 am EST. The winner will then face the winner of No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Brown in the second round match-up. The Championship match will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 pm EST.
LAST TIME AROUND
The eight seed, ranked No. 10 amongst Division III schools, won the championship for the second year in a row after defeating No. 9 Washington and Jefferson College.
SHAE SITS ON TOP
Fournier broke the record, which was formerly held by Kristin Stanford who had 246 career goals, on senior night during Indiana's only home meet of the season. She scored four goals against Cal Baptist to take the record and lead the Hoosiers to a win.
The All-American added 14 goals, two assists, and 16 steals during the Western Division Round Robin No. 1 a few week- ends ago, promptly earning her Player of the Week honors from the CWPA. This is the third POW Fournier has earned this sea- son, and the 19th weekly award of her career. Her 19 honors is also a record for most ever in the CWPA.
Shae is now closing in on Indiana's all-time assist record, needing four more helpers to break the record of 151 set by Brooke Zimmerman (2006-08). She is also currently second in career steals (292), and well within reach of the all-time leader in that category as well.
Fournier added season totals of 66 goals, 38 assists, 62 steals, and 35 field blocks during her junior year, which was 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.
During her sophomore campaign, Shae put together one of the most productive seasons in program history headlined by a single-season school record of 95 goals. She also finished the season with team-highs of 86 steals and 95 field blocks, to go along with 41 assists. She recorded 29 multi-goal games, including 10 contests with at least four scores.
GAUDREAULT IN THE GOAL
Gaudreault stopped 20 shots in 58 minutes for the Hoosiers to claim the very first Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award for the 2014 season. Jessica posted 38 saves and six steals in 128 minutes between the pipes to claim the February 3 Defensive Player of the Week award for the second straight week. Gaudreault turned in three double-digit save performances and added two assists to her season total.
Apparently something about playing Michigan continues to bring out the best in Gaudreault. Jessica was named Conference Player of the Week AND Defensive Player of the Week for her career night in the head-to-head match up against the Wolverines March 29. Jess saved 16 of Michigan's shots, keeping the conference foe to just four earned goals.
This is the fourth Defensive Player of the Week and sixth weekly honor Gaudreault has earned from the CWPA as she was named co-defensive player of the week for the CWPA alongside teammate Mary Campbell for the week of Feb. 18-24 in 2013.
Jessica spent the majority of her off-season competing for the Canadian National Team in prestigious tournaments such as the Canada Cup and the Holiday Cup. These were major events helping to set up for other international competition preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Gaudreault, along with fellow Hoosiers Shae Fournier, and Shelby Taylor competed for the Canadian National Team in the World University Games in Russia this summer.
Taylor scored six goals two weekends ago while competing in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her best game came against No. 16 Hartwick, the Hoosiers biggest threat to repeat their reign as division champions. Taylor scored three goals against the Hawks, but perhaps more importantly, she shut down reigning CWPA Player of the Year, Sami Capparelli, holding the center without a single goal in the match.
Taylor's defense has become a major strength for the Hoosiers this season. Shelby was named Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13 after playing shut-down defense collecting four steals to go with 10 points during the Triton Invitational.
SCHROEDER IN THE MIDDLE
Candyce made her return noticeable immediately and was named CWPA Player of the Week for the very first week of the season. Schroeder, a sophomore from San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente, registered five goals on six shots in a pair of victories over Iona College and No. 13 Michigan this past weekend. She netted a pair of goals, including the first score of the season for the Hoosiers, as Indiana dispatched Iona by a 17-9 final score in the squad's opening game of the 2014 season. Schroeder followed up the game by recording a hat trick against archrival Michigan as Indiana defeated the Wolverines by a 10-5 final score.
In addition to her goals, she chipped in three assists to factor in nearly a third (eight-of-27) of Indiana's goals on the weekend. Further, she drew three ejections as she claims her second weekly honor from the league office over the past two seasons. She was named Rookie of the Week one time last year for the CWPA. Schroeder followed up that performance by scoring a new career-high four goals against Brown University at the Brown Invitational.
Candyce has been adding to her defensive repertoire as well. Schroeder leads the team in earned exclusions, totaling 30 on the year. During Indiana's Spring Break excursion out west, Schroeder tallied games with six, four, and three earned kick-outs.
ALL ABOUT AL
Allison was named CWPA Player of the Week after her unstoppable offensive performance during the Brown Invitational, tallying 11 goals and six assists in her four matches played this weekend.
Campbell kicked off the tournament with two goals as the Hoosiers downed host Brown University, 17-6, and added another in the squad's 11-5 victory over No. 19 Hartwick. The graduate student looked even better Sunday, recording three points in IU's win over Wagner College, 15-5. Campbell earned her first starting nod in the weekend finale win over No. 20 University of the Pacific, 15-9, and proceeded to unload five goals into the back of the cage, marking the fifth 5-goal game of her career.
ASSISTING THE TEAM
McNaught is leading the team in assists so far to kick-off the `14 season with 37 dimes through 24 games.
Colleen has recently earned a spot on the record list, sitting at sixth all-time in career assists with 129., passing seventh-place Deb Simone with 125 over last weekend. McNaught needs five more assists to pass Kristin Zernicke for fifth with 133.
Colleen has also tied the record for most assists in a single game with five. McNaught started every game for the Hoosiers during the 2013 season and had 29 goals, 41 assists, and 27 steals that year.
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