Indiana Aims To Play Their Way In to the NCAA Finals in Los Angeles
May 2, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
THE OPENING SPRINT
LAST TIME AROUND
Indiana, which ties the all-time league record for most players on the First Team, placed a total of six athletes on the All-Conference Team as two more Hoosiers were given Second Team honors. The six All-Conference selections from IU set a new high for the total number of student-athletes to claim honors from the league in one season.
Joining Fournier own the First Team are goalie Jessica Gaudreault who notches her second All-West honor after being named to the First Team in 2013, Rebecca Gerrity, picking up her second All-Conference nod in a Hoosiers' suit after taking home Second Team notice in 2013, and rounding out Indiana's First Team picks is Allison Campbell. Campbell garners her fourth All- Conference award dating back to 2010. Campbell, who did not play last season, now has pairs of honors from both the Southern and Western Divisions.
For Indiana, the combination of Fournier and Campbell marks the first time two recognized Player of the Year recipients are on the same roster simultaneously. Further, it marks the first instance in the history of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity competition that Player of the Year recipients from different divisions have competed on a common team in the same season.
Unlike the First Team in which all seven recognized student-athletes hold previous All-Conference nods, the Second Team of the Western Division team is comprised of Hoosiers Shelby Taylor and Candyce Schroeder who pick up their first honors.
In addition to the 14 honored All-Conference players, Indiana head coach Barry King claims his second straight Western Division Coach of the Year award following prior honors in 2013.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
The third goal of the CWPA Championship game by Shae Fournier bobbed behind Princeton University goalie Ashleigh Johnson and barely crossed the plane of the goal line with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter for the deciding factor as No. 12-ranked and top seed Indiana University overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down 2012 & 2013 CWPA Champion at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
Following possessions for both teams, Princeton had one final chance to score and force overtime, but Gaudreault and the Indiana defense stiffened to hold the Tigers in check over the final 15 seconds of their final possession to claim the Hoosiers' first CWPA crown and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament berth since 2011.
This will be the third appearance in schol history for IU. Indiana's last title came at home in Bloomington as the team knocked off the University of Michigan 5-3. Automatic qualifiers were awarded to the Big West Conference (UC Irvine), Collegiate Water Polo Association (Indiana), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Wagner), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Stanford), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Pomona-Pitzer) and the Western Water Polo Association (UC San Diego). The remaining four teams were selected at-large without geographical restrictions.
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 and four-time All-Conference selec¬tion 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 hon¬ors from the CWPA. This is the third POW Fournier has earned this season, and the 19th weekly award of her career. Her 19 honors is a record for most ever in the CWPA.
With two dimes in the CWPA Championship match Shae has now set a new Indiana all-time assist record with 153. She passed the record of 151 set by Brooke Zimmerman (2006-08). She is also currently second in career steals (298), and well within reach of the all-time leader in that category as well.
Tied at 10-all with just over a minute to play in the CWPA Championship match against Princeton, Fourni¬er launched a shot that hit the crossbar above John¬son's head and bounced straight down. The ball died in the water behind Johnson, who reached back and moved the water slightly to permit the yellow-sphere to bob back and forth before crossing the lip of the goal plain for an 11-10 Hoosiers' lead, clinching the either and final spot in the NCAA Championship for Indiana. Fournier was thus named MVP of the Tournament.
Shae 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.
LAPPAN JOINS EXCLUSIVE CLUB
First awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis.
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.
Shelby was a huge part of Indiana's come-from-behind victory over Princeton last weekend. Taylor set new career-highs with six steals and three field blocks, shutting down the Tigers in the final minutes and sealing Indiana as the eighth and final team in the NCAA Tournament.
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