April 25, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The No. 12-ranked Indiana Hoosiers women's water polo team (26-8) will head to Providence, R.I. on April 27-29 to defend their title at the CWPA Eastern Championship, hosted by Brown University.
The Hoosiers, seeded No. 3, receive a bye in the first round and await the winner between No. 6 seed Brown and No. 11 seed Gannon. On the same side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Princeton will take on the winner of No. 7 seed Harvard and No. 10 seed Mercyhurst.
Friday, Apr. 27
6:20 p.m. - No. 3 seed Indiana vs. No. 6 seed Brown or No. 11 seed Gannon
Saturday, Apr. 28
TBA - No. 3 Indiana vs. TBA
Sunday, Apr. 29
TBA - No. 3 Indiana vs. TBA
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The Hoosiers will defend their conference crown at the CWPA Eastern Championship after capturing the program's second title in 2011 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Last season, Indiana's dramatic title run included wins over Harvard, Hartwick, and Michigan en route to the coveted automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Hoosiers won their first CWPA Eastern Championship in 2003.
The Hoosiers notched their 26th victory of the season in the third place game over No. 10-ranked Maryland at the CWPA Western Division Championship, tying the school's single-season wins record set by the 1998, 2003, and 2011 squads. Head Coach Barry King and the Hoosiers have reached the 20-win plateau 13 times in 15 seasons.
HALL OF FAMER
Former Indiana women's water polo standout Kristin Stanford will be inducted into the CWPA Hall of Fame on April 26 during the league's annual banquet. Stanford is the 21st inductee into the Hall of Fame and the first Hoosier to earn the prestigious honor. Stanford, a three-time ACWPC (Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches) All-American, is the all-time scoring leader at Indiana, notching 246 goals during her stellar career from 2000-03.
The Hoosiers finished in third place at the CWPA Western Division Championship on April 14-15 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Indiana, competing as the No. 2 seed, routed Salem International in the first round before falling 10-7 to No. 3 seed Michigan in the semifinals. The Hoosiers rebounded with a 7-6 win over top-seeded Maryland in the third place contest.
Indiana has found success in meetings with CWPA opposition this season. The Hoosiers have registered a 10-2 overall record against conference foes in 2012, while outscoring them 138-83. The Cream and Crimson are 9-8 versus squads ranked among the Top-20 in the nation.
DISHING THE ROCK
Freshman Colleen McNaught has made a habit of finding open teammates in position to score during her debut season. The Dana Hills, Calif. native leads the team with 46 assists, which is fourth on the IU all-time single-season assists list. Brooke Zimmerman holds the school record with 56 helpers in 2008.
ANCHORING THE D
Senior Cassie Wyckoff continues to provide the Hoosiers with a reliable presence between the pipes, racking up 331 saves this season. Wyckoff, the IU career saves leader, is 17 saves shy of her 2011 single-season record of 348.
- Sophomore Meghan Lappan reeled in a career-high six steals in the loss to Michigan. She is second on the squad with 45 takeaways.
- Sophomore Shae Fournier has increased her single-season scoring record to 89 goals. She is seventh on the IU career scoring list. Fournier is also 10th on the IU career steals list with 168.
- The Hoosiers are 12-1 this season when recording double-digit steals.
- Indiana has reached double-figure scoring on 12 occasions, registering a perfect 12-0 mark in those contests.
at the CWPA Eastern Championship: 23-11
(last matchup: vs. Michigan W 5-3, 5/1/11)
vs. Michigan: Michigan leads 41-14-2
(last meeting: L 10-7, 4/14/12)
vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 9-8
(last meeting: W 9-8, 3/5/11)
vs. Maryland: Indiana leads 8-5
(last meeting: W 7-6, 4/15/12)
vs. Hartwick: Indiana leads 8-7
(last meeting: W 13-7, 2/25/12)
vs. Brown: Indiana leads 16-3
(last meeting: W 12-11, 2/25/12)
(Top-three in each category)
Shae Fournier - 27
Colleen McNaught - 12
Summer Creighton - 8
Shelby Taylor - 8
Shae Fournier - 12
Colleen McNaught - 12
Meghan Lappan - 7
Shelby Taylor - 7
Shae Fournier - 25
Meghan Lappan - 12
Summer Creighton - 9
Shelby Taylor - 9
Double-digit save games:
Cassie Wyckoff - 22
Consecutive games with a goal:
Shae Fournier - 8
Hanna Eimstad - 2
Colleen McNaught - 2
Consecutive games with an assist:
Shelby Taylor - 6
Consecutive games with a steal:
Shae Fournier - 6
Meghan Lappan - 2
CWPA WEEKLY AWARDS
(2012 Award Winners)
Player of the Week:
Shae Fournier - Jan. 24, Feb. 14, Feb. 27, Mar. 5, Mar. 12
Defensive Player of the Week:
Cassie Wyckoff - Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Mar. 12, Mar. 19, Apr. 2
Rookie of the Week:
Colleen McNaught - Jan. 24, Mar. 19
Alexis Jones - Apr. 2