Canada Falls To Italy In Bronze Medal Game of World University Games
July 16, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - Despite three first half goals by Indiana's Shae Fournier, Canada still suffered a 6-5 loss to Italy in the bronze medal match of the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Shelby Taylor and Jessica Gaudreault also competed on the Canadian team, which finished in fourth place.
After Italy opened the match with a goal midway through the first period, Fournier responded with a pair of own goals in the period to put Canada on top. Italy came back with two goals in the second period while Fournier tallied her third goal of the contest in the period and the teams went to intermission tied, 3-3.
The teams each scored a goal within the first two minutes of the third period before Italy took the lead for good with 21 seconds remaining in the period. A defensive battle took place in the fourth period before Italy took a 6-4 lead with two minutes left. Canada got to within a goal with just over one minute left in the game but was unable to get the equalizer.
The Hoosier trio brings the number of IU women's water polo players that have competed in the World University Games to five, joining Jakie Kohli (Canada, 2009) and Cassie Wyckoff (USA, 2011).
In the 2013 games, Fournier was a standout for the Canadians, totaling 16 goals over the six games in addition to three assists and 13 steals. Taylor found the back of the net once and had four steals while playing in each of the six games. Jessica Gaudreault played in four of the six matches and made 26 saves on 57 shots and also added an assist and four steals.
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